Back in 1965, the Southern Star was Maton’s top of the range model. There were not a lot of Southern Stars ever produced and even less remain today in good, playable condition.
From 1965 Maton Catalogue – Maton Southern Star SS200
“A custom deluxe guitar. The real champion in flat tops. Deep resonant bass and sustaining highs are built into the sound chamber of this professional instrument. Beautiful appearance and flawless craftsmanship by Maton for the discriminating artist.”
- Model Code:SS200 (1965)
- Model Name:Southern Star
- Body Shape:Dreadnought
- Body Top:Flat top
- Body Type:Hollowbody
- Year of Manufacture:1965
- Year Intro:1965
- Year of Discontinuation:1967
- Serial Number:101-132
- Number Made:38
- Original Cost: Aust Pounds 172.2
Handshaped neck fitted with an ebony fingerboard set with generous pearl inlays
Maton adjustable truss rod
The rosewood machine head panel is pearl inlaid and engraved
All edges ivoroid bound
Adjustable rosewood bridge and decorative scratch guard.
Superb hand finish featuring gold plated fittings, including enclosed machines.
Size 20 1⁄4 ” x 16 1⁄4 ” x 4 3⁄4 ”
Scale 25 1⁄2 “
John @ PREMIER GUITARS remembers meeting a Maton Southern Star in 1972, and it was a significant moment – “Six or seven of us were sitting around at a party, bashing away at some CSN, Neil Young, Beatles, James Taylor etc as you did back then. And a new guy joins us, pulls out the best sounding acoustic I’d ever heard, and just nailed it. The guy went on to become a quite famous performer, and his guitar was a Maton Southern Star.”
This guitar has certainly seen some years of playing, and it shows – but in a good way. The neck is good, the fingerboard is a lovely dark rosewood, the adjustable bridge works properly & intonates well. When the current owner acquired it many years ago it had a severe ding in the lower bottom bout. He sent it to Maton in Melbourne who carried out an excellent professional repair, and you can still see a slight discolouration of the top there – see pics.
At some point it looks like its original machine heads were replaced, but the Maton tuners in place now are working well & tuning is stable.
But the best thing is the sound. For all its battle scars, this Southern Star is a well balanced instrument with a strong, mature projection, and a tone that cannot be bought off the shelf at this price. It is a well built guitar that has been more than just played in – a top end vintage quality Aussie dreadnought, well loved for many years.
For the long tenure of its current ownership, this has been a “home guitar” so there’s no case with this one.