Category Archives: Maton Guitars

The New Maton Blackwood Series

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https://maton.com.au/product/the-maton-blackwood-series

Simplicity and purity of tone lay at the heart of the Blackwood range of Guitars.

Pure Blackwood tone -clear, bright trebles, strong mid range and full bass. The all Blackwood construction produces a unique compression, blending frequencies into a new, unique voice.

The Dreadnought Cutaway and the 808 from the New Maton Blackwood Series will be available from the 14th August 2017, the rest of the range will be available later in the year.

There were rumours of this new series of blackwood guitars earlier this year.

And here they are finally in all their blackwood glory.

As a blackwood enthusiast what can I say?

The all-blackwood acoustic guitar should be an Aussie music icon.

Cole Clark has been doing this for a few years now. And finally Maton has joined the team.

My wish is that Maton would open up and tell us the back story of where the wood comes from.

Does the guitar industry want to encourage farmers to grow more quality tonewoods?

Where does this blackwood timber come from? Who grew it? Please tell us the story so that other farmers are inspired!

This new blackwood series would be the ideal opportunity to start that journey.

In the mean time congratulations to Maton.

I hope they sell like hot blackwoods!!

When someone does a video review of these I’ll post it here.

Cheers!

So here is a video of the new all-blackwood EBW70c from Maton Guitars courtesy of The Acoustic Centre in Melbourne, Victoria:

Nice guitar!

Here’s another video from Music Junction in Melbourne:

This new Blackwood Series from Maton seems to be creating quite a stir.

Enjoy!

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Unintentional path dependence: Australian guitar manufacturing, bunya pine and legacies of forestry decisions and resource stewardship

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Back in July last year I wrote about two academics from The University of Wollongong, NSW (Chris Gibson and Andrew Warren) who came down to Tasmania as part of a project they are working on concerning the guitar industry and its response to changes in the tonewood market.

At that time they had just published the first paper from their research:

https://blackwoodgrowers.com.au/2016/07/10/resource-sensitive-global-production-networks-gpn-reconfigured-geographies-of-timber-and-acoustic-guitar-manufacturing/

They have now published a second paper which looks specifically at the Australian industry and its use of Bunya pine (Araucaria bidwillii).

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00049182.2017.1336967?journalCode=cage20

Once again like the first paper, this is not an easy paper to read, containing dense academic text.

Being a forester I was already aware of the history of Bunya pine, and the trial plantings made by the Queensland Government in the early to mid 20th century on public land.

New to me was some of the history about the use of native timbers in the local guitar industry, particularly Maton and Cole Clark. Bunya pine is a major sound board tonewood for these two companies.

But the article makes clear that both these companies are now relying on the old Government Bunya trials for their supply, and the future of those trials is clearly subject to the whims of political fortune. The pressure to clear the Bunya trials and replant with the faster growing more profitable Hoop Pine is always there. Future Bunya tonewood supply hangs by a thread unless alternative supplies can be established.

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Maton and Cole Clark are clearly struggling to secure and control their future tonewood supply.

It’s a complex and difficult challenge. Not the least of the challenges is that Bunya takes 60+ years to reach a size that allows soundboards to be sawn from the logs.

Unfortunately the article provides few clues as to how the problem can be resolved.

Long term thinking and commitment is needed.

Both of these companies appreciate that relying on Governments for their timber supply doesn’t work.

What we need here is a business model that encourages farmers/landowners to plant tonewoods for both commercial return and non-commercial planting. This will involve the collaboration and support of many players, especially Maton and Cole Clark. These companies are too small to have the resources to grow their own tonewoods.

Perhaps a “Tonewood Alliance” is needed to get the ball rolling?

Sunday morning eye candy

Here are some beautiful photos of a top-of-the-range Maton acoustic guitar from the Guitar Factory in Parramatta, Sydney, featuring some stunning fiddleback blackwood.

http://www.guitarfactory.com.au/CatalogueRetrieve.aspx?ProductID=9576579&A=SearchResult&SearchID=8509977&ObjectID=9576579&ObjectType=27

http://maton.com.au/product/w.a.-may-custom

Designed as a tribute to our founder, Bill May and to bring the best of our heritage and our guitar making skills together, the W.A May is a guitar for the connoisseur.

Victorian Blackwood (in our opinion the best tone wood available) back and sides combine with blackwood neck and AAA spruce face to produce a huge sounding dreadnought guitar. Add to that our unique Custom Shop voicing and craftsmanship, you have a guitar worthy of the name W.A May

That it features Victorian blackwood is fine by me.

It’s almost too good to play!

Enjoy!

Maton Guitars update

It’s been a while since I’ve done a story on Melbourne-based guitar maker Maton, renown for it’s blackwood guitars. Here are two good stories.

Firstly some eye candy.

The recently (?) released Maton BB1200 DLX is an absolute beauty.

http://maton.com.au/product/bb1200-dlx

Check these out –

Maton BB1200DLX

And

Maton BB1200DLX 2

[Click on this image to see the larger view and appreciate the real blackwood beauty!]

This guitar just screams the beauty of blackwood. Yes it’s Victorian Otways blackwood but blackwood nevertheless. Here’s a video review.

Imagine your farm-grown blackwood ending up here, looking this good! Something to be proud of!

Secondly Maton Guitars are now also using Tasmanian as well as their traditional Otways blackwood. The new Maton SRS 70 acoustic guitar is an example.

http://maton.com.au/product/srs70

Some images:

Maton SRS70 1 Maton SRS70 2

And a video review:

Do Maton’s want to help secure their future supply of blackwood? Now how do we transmit this blatant market passion for blackwood on to Tasmanian farmers?

Any ideas?

Another guitar story

Following on from the Cort Guitars story here’s another guitar story that recently appeared in ABC Business News website.

A great little story (video) about renowned Melbourne-based Maton Guitars.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-04/australias-maton-the-guitar-to-the-stars-wont-be/5298888

The Sound of Business

A story posted yesterday on the Business Spectator website. One of their series on Australian family businesses. Not so much a story about blackwood, but given the importance of Melbourne-based Maton Guitars in the commercial development of blackwood as a internationally recognised tonewood I think it’s a great story. Plus I always enjoy reading Alan Kohler’s articles. Thankyou Matons and Mr Kohler.

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/10/31/family-business/sound-business