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Maton Guitars Custom Shop 808 - 16445


Maton Guitars Custom Shop 808 - 16445

The 808 body shape is unique to Maton Guitars... Compared with an OM (Orchestra Model) from other builders, the 808 is narrower in the upper and lower bouts. The 808 body is also deeper, measuring 4-7/8" (vs. 4.0" common depth for most OM guitars). The extra body depth enhances the bass response.

As with all Maton 808 models, the voicing is a combination of the forward shifted X-brace and the added body depth. Generally speaking, the tonal character is "balanced", where the bass, mid-range, and treble volumes are equally matched within a close parameter.

This custom 808 was designed in-house, as one guitar in a series, featuring Western Red Cedar over Fiddleback Blackwood. Through the years, this wood combination has become a shop favorite, featured on the team-built model, the SRS-808. Cedar over Blackwood is tonally warm, with excellent sustain and chime in the treble register.

Maton's grade of Western Red Cedar is excellent, with plenty of "silking". Silking is most prevalent in spruce quartersawn tops, which most luthiers consider silking a good trait because it adds stiffness to the wood.

All Maton Custom Shop models 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.

In its 5th generation, the AP5 Pro features an internal Microphone and 6-Piezo bridge input, with controls that allow for blending of both microphone and piezo levels prior to sending the actively combined signals through the well engineered pre-amp.

The highly selective cardioid microphone system allows for much greater microphone level before feedback in live environments. This upgraded AP5-Pro microphone is direct mounted to the pre-amp casing with an adjustable arm, which permits easy final tweaking of microphone position to suit the individual artist's playing style.

Using the ‘Sweep-able Mid’ controls. Mid-range is sweep-able from 600Hz to 2.4kHz and can be cut or boosted within this range. As a general rule we start out with all settings ‘flat’ then alter them to achieve the desired tone & presence based on the venue or recording environment. For example, an open, natural sound can be achieved by setting the frequency control at 1.4khz and the boost/cut control at 5db. Alternatively, for a ‘thick’ lead sound boost your mid's by 5db and set the frequency dial at 1.7kh.


  • Model: Custom Shop Traditional
  • Body Shape: Traditional
  • Top Wood: Western Red Cedar
  • Back & Side Woods: Fiddleback Blackwood
  • Nut Width: 1-3/4" (44 mm = 1.736")
  • Scale: 25.5"
  • Bracing: Maton Forward Shifted "Light X Brace"
  • Fretboard Inlays: 4 mm Paua Shell Dots
  • Rosette: Wood Rope Purfling
  • Neck Wood: Fiddleback Blackwood
  • Fretboard: Streaky Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 304.8mm (12")
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Saddle Material: Bone
  • Saddle Spacing: 2 11/64"
  • Bridge: Streaky Ebony
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Tuners: Open Back Gold Grover
  • Top Purfling: Rope Pattern Wood (Inner Binding)
  • Body Binding: Blackwood (Outer Binding)
  • Back Strip: Blackwood with Purfling
  • Fretboard Binding: Blackwood
  • Headstock Binding: None
  • Pick Guard: Loose in Case
  • Headstock Shape: Maton "Keyhole"
  • Headstock Overlay: Streaky Ebony
  • Headstock Inlay: Vertical Maton Logo with Paua Shell "Roo" Inlay
  • 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: PO 100138

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