This is a lovely vintage Maton classical or folk (nylon string) guitar. The C-30 model was a long-lived model for Maton, built from 1961 to 1968. The top is solid spruce, while the neck, back and sides are maple, producing a bright, projected sound. Fretboard and bridge are beautiful Brazilian Rosewood, a highly prized tonewood no longer available in commercial quantities. Serial numbers ran from 101 to 974. This beautiful one-owner example has serial number 196, which indicates a build year around 1962.
The body has only light playing wear, and the finish is original, with the clear top and ‘deep mahogany’ side and back hand-rubbed finish being in great condition.
It is in good cosmetic condition for its age, and plays very nicely for an original vintage instrument that has undergone no changes since new.
Its one flaw is that it has a hairline crack running the length of the rear of the body. It is simply that the glue join in the two piece back is starting to separate in a perfectly straight line. Impossible to photograph, but it’s there. This could be easily rectified by a qualified luthier.
There is no belly bulge, and the saddle still shows some height. Meaning that no saddle shaving has been required to achieve a nice medium low action to date.
Original nut and machine heads are intact.
Two slim white plastic pickguards have been adhered to the body. Again, these could be removed by a good guitar tech if required.
Fine spruce top with soundhole rosette, maple back, sides, neck & headstock. Brazilian rosewood fingerboard & bridge.
Wide neck (53mm) with a thin C profile — thinner than standard, but not flamenco thin.
Overall a very nice instrument and a great piece of Aussie history.
Comes in an old hard case in reasonable condition.