Here’s a Flamingo Bitsa for all you Maton folk out there.
This is a Flamingo from somewhere in the 60s that has been somewhat modified. Not quite beyond recognition, but you get the idea.
What’s original –
The wood – as in body, neck, fingerboard
The trem assembly – mostly, one bolt & spring likely not original
Volume & Tone knobs
“Volume” & “Voicing” knob surrounds
Metal Maton badge at base of neck
What’s not –
Finish – fairly average “handcrafted” paint job
Back of neck has been refinished
Bridge is a tailpeice/bridge combo. Good quality, fully adjustable, with brass saddles
Seymour Duncan mini-humbucker pickups
Gibson tulip head tuners – possibly 60s or 70s
Pickguard is an extravagant personal creation derived from someone’s exotic fantasy
Truss rod cover – see above
So, this is a Maton Mogrel – lots of updated parts on an original body. Some original parts remain, and this could the spark for those who love a good project. Certainly a decent parts reservoir for someone looking to rebuild an Aussie classic.
On the positive side, this guitar actually plays quite well, and sounds mighty good. The Duncans are hot, and full of tone. There’s life left in the frets, the bridge is solid and intonates well. The action is set quite low, but this could be set up as a great slide guitar.
Comes with its original Maton “Hardboard” case.