Maton Vera May Special 808
The matriarch of Maton Guitars and the wife of founder Bill May, Vera May, turns 100. To celebrate, Maton released one of the most beautiful guitars they've ever produced. This new guitar is not only a superb instrument, but also a very special part of Maton’s story.
The 808 sized body is bound with ebony and inner pinstripe bindings. The rosette has been carefully designed to match, also featuring ebony and pinstripe rings.
The soundboard of the Vera May is made from Lutz Spruce, a naturally occurring hybrid of Sitka Spruce and White Spruce (a close relative of Engelman Spruce). As often occurs with natural hybrids, Lutz has a certain amount of “hybrid vigour”, combining the best elements of both trees. The result is a soundboard with the stiffness of Sitka but with a little less density. This results in a greater balance of subtle overtones which is a delightful combination in a smaller bodied guitar like the Vera May.
The blackwood back, sides and neck are finished in Maton's special tuned satin finish, providing all the warmth and midrange that the Maton 808 series is famous for.
The fingerboard and bridge are made from streaky ebony, a material Maton has come to love for its strength, stability and tone as well as its earthy beauty. The fingerboard features snowflake inlays and a 12th fret Vera May signature block inlay .
The Vera May also comes with an AP5 Pro pickup system and case. The first 100 Guitars will come with a limited edition Ivory Hiscox Travel Case, and label hand signed by Vera May, celebrating her 100th Birthday!
Serial: #71 of #100
Top Wood: Lutz Spruce
Back Wood: Blackwood
Nut Width: 44.1mm (1.736" - 1 47/64")
Scale: 64.77cm (25.5")
Bracing: Maton X Bracing
Inlays: Snowflakes & Vera May Signature @ 12th Fret
Neck Wood: Blackwood
Fretboard: Streaky Ebony
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Bridge Pins: Bone
Tuners: Gold Grover
Body Binding: Ebony
Headstock Shape: WA May Custom Shop Head
Headstock Overlay: Blackwood
Headstock Inlay: Pearl Logo
Neck Profile: C Shape
Pickup(s): AP5 Pro
Case: Limited Edition Ivory Hiscox Flight Case