This 2015 WA May is a another example of Maton's superior workmanship. This guitar features Satin Box Back & Sides with an AAA Spruce top. It also features Blackwood Bindings, Rosette and Neck. Add to that the unique Custom Shop voicing and craftsmanship and you have a guitar worthy of the name W.A. May.
Satin Box is a small tree which is often found as a companion plant to Victorian Blackwood. It is a striking blonde color and has amazing tonal properties. Satin Box is extremely stiff. It is rare to find a Satin Box tree large enough to yield a guitar back and side set so they reserve the use of this beautiful tonewood for very special guitars.
This W.A. May Custom Shop is equipped with the AP5 Pro Pickup system. The AP5 Pro features Separate Microphone and Piezo input controls allow for blending of both microphone and piezo levels prior to sending the actively combined signals through to the tone circuits and master volume. A highly selective cardioid microphone system allows for a much greater microphone level before feedback in live environments. This newly upgraded microphone is direct mounted to the preamp casing via an adjustable arm, which permits easy final tweaking of the microphone position to suit the individual artist's style.
All Maton Custom Shop guitars are built by Master Builder Andy Allen. He hand picks the premium wood sets for his master grade collection. Andy has built guitars for many famous Maton artists. His detailed work for each creation is captured in photos during the build process for each guitar, accompanied by a USB drive with dozens of photos for each specific guitar.
This guitar is in excellent shape with only a few tiny dings on the bindings all of which are too small to photo.
Top Wood: "AAA" Select" Grade Solid Sitka Spruce
Back Wood: Satin Box
Nut Width: 1 47/64"
Inlays: MOP 4mm Dot Inlays
Neck Wood: Blackwood
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Bridge Pins: White with Black Dots
Tuners: Gold Grover Rotomatics with Pearloid Buttons