A beauty to look at and a masterpiece when played. - The Maton EM100-808Messiah is a guitar icon in Australia, and features a tried and true tone-wood combination of Sitka Spruce and Indian Rosewood.
The Maton Guitars EM100C-808 Messiah is the most appointed Maton model without crossing over the line into the Custom Shop production. The Sitka Spruce / Indian Rosewood construction is familiar to us here in the states.
Sitka is the most popular soundboard species in the world and is articulate with excellent velocity control. Indian Rosewood has a wide sound, giving you bell-like high end sparkle and warmer low end power in the bass register. Combined you get a wonderfully sonic acoustic instrument with strong frequencies across the spectrum.
The Maton Messiah Series is a great alternative tonal register to their native hardwoods. As intended with all Maton guitars, a strong balance across tonal registers, but with more bottom end. Perfect for songwriters!
The proprietary Maton "808" body shape is similar, though slightly smaller that the US OM Model. However, the body depth of the 808 is substantially deeper at 4-7/8". This is significant, as moving the top and back further apart enhances the bass element within the tonal character of the voicing (bracing technique), complimenting the different wood combinations
The Maton AP5-Pro Electronics
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: EM100c 808 Messiah
Body Shape: 808 W/Cutaway
Soundboard: "AAA" Grade Sitka Spruce
Bracing: Scalloped Maton X
Back and Sides: Indian Rosewood
Outer Binding: Blackwood w/Maple Pinstripe
Inner Binding: Herringbone
Scale Length: 64.77cm (25.5")
Headstock Veneer: Ebony, Maple Pinstripe/Keyhole
Fingerboard & Bridge: Ebony
Fretwire: Jescar FW43080
Number of Frets: 21
Fingerboard Radius: 304.8mm (12")
Nut Width: 44.1mm (1.736" - 1 47/64")
14th Fret: Width 55mm (2.165" - 2 11/64")
Fingerboard Inlays: Pearl Snowflakes - "Messiah" Pearl Block on 17th Fret