The ER90 Traditional is the outcome of combining three inspirational sources, the ER90C, the 75th Anniversary Traditional model and the Custom Shop CS Classic.
The Traditional and CS Classic model designs originated in the Custom Shop. Their body shape is more akin to our OM Orchestra Model design. Here's the description direct from the Maton workshop.. We will add our review after we have played a few:
"It incorporates the bracing and design elements of the 75th Traditional, along with the rosewood back and sides and satin finish of the ER90C and the thinner body depth of the CS Classic.
The result is a small-bodied guitar with a full tonal response that rings like a bell. There is no lack of bass due to the thinner body depth (the body is 10mm thinner than the 75th Anniversary body) as the depth is offset by the incredible rich bass produced by the rosewood back and sides. The reduced body depth also provides a little more focus in front of the guitar which will make it a brilliant recording instrument.
Visually, the ER90 Traditional has borrowed its look from its older brother the ER90C, which includes multi-banded inner binding, white outer binding, a mahogany neck, streaky ebony fingerboard and bridge, and a streaky ebony headstock veneer. The mahogany neck provides tone and stability and the ebony board and bridge add a little top-end brightness to complement the rich bass of the rosewood back and sides.
The top bracing is fully scalloped and includes the laser cut bridge plate originally developed for the 75th Anniversary model, designed to increase strength without adding weight.
This is a wonderful guitar that will suit all styles of playing, from light fingerstyle to full-blown strumming, and of course, it is fitted with Maton's brilliant AP5 Pro pickup system which will make the ER90 Traditional absolutely unbeatable on stage..."
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: ER90 Traditional
Body Shape: Traditional
Soundboard: "AA" Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
Nut Width: 44.1mm (1.736" - 1 47/64")
Scale: 64.77cm (25.5")
Bracing: Maton Scalloped & Forward Shifted X Brace