Maton Custom Shop Blackheart Sassafras Traditional - 16276


Maton Custom Shop Blackheart Sassafras Traditional Thinline

In 2015 Maton master luthier Andy Allen began working to design a new body style, slightly different than their famed "808" dimensions, inspired by our more common American 000 or OM (orchestra model) shape. The end result, named the "Traditional" body shape, first appeared in their CS Classic model, which is now a Custom Shop model all its own.

From Maton... "The CS Classic is my Custom Shop take on an Acoustic Guitar Standard. The 000 or OM (Orchestra Model) body shape has been an icon for all acoustic guitar makers for decades now.

After extensive testing tonally and geometrically I settled upon a forward shifted X brace pattern to bring the rich bottom end from the guitar whilst maintaining an earthy mid-range and that classic Maton Glassy top register.

It is not only the balance of tonality I am proud of, but the projection, clarity, and volume that this shape captures so well. It truly is a classic shape.

I now realize after prototyping, research, and development why so many incredible guitar players choose this amazing guitar to help realize their voice. It is not just the comfort of this shape for hours of practice and performance but the ability to pick, strum and play fingerstyle on this shape means it becomes part of who you are as a musician." -Andy Allen / Master Luthier

The AP5 Pro Pickup System includes a separate microphone and piezo pickup, both of which can be blended via their individual controls. The system is designed to capture the true, natural sound of the guitar utilizing the adjustable cardioid mic, which is mounted directly to the pre-amp, and the unique piezo system to permit easy final tweaking of microphone position to suit the individual artist's style.

All handcrafted Maton Custom Shop guitars include a USB drive with images of your guitar in production. Production photos courtesy of Andy Allen, All in a days work!


  • Model: Custom Shop Traditional
  • Body Shape: Traditional / Thinline Body Depth (4-1/2")
  • Top Wood: "AAA" Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Side Woods: Blackheart Tasmanian Sassafras
  • Nut Width: 1-3/4" (44 mm = 1.736")
  • Scale: 25.5"
  • Bracing: Maton Forward Shifted "Light X Brace"
  • Fretboard Inlays: 4 mm Mother of Pearl Dots
  • Rosette: Herringbone
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany with Ebony Heel Cap
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 304.8mm (12")
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Saddle Material: Bone
  • Saddle Spacing: 2 11/64"
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Bridge Pins: White w/ Black Dots
  • Tuners: Open Back Nickel Grover
  • Top Purfling: Rope Pattern Wood (Inner Binding)
  • Body Binding: Ebony (Outer Binding)
  • Fretboard Binding: None
  • Headstock Binding: None
  • Pick Guard: Loose in Case
  • Headstock Shape: Solid "Maton"
  • Headstock Overlay: Ebony
  • Headstock Inlay: MOP Maton Logo with Custom Shop "M"
  • Frets To Body: 14
  • Total Frets: 20
  • Fretwire: Dunlop 6260
  • Neck Profile: Soft "C" Shape
  • Pickup: AP5 Pro
  • Case: Black Maton Hiscox Flight Case
  • Finish: High Gloss
  • Serial Number: 1420

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