Until the mid 1930s an Australian guitar manufacturing industry was virtually nonexistent. Good quality guitars were hard to find and at this time the best guitars came from the USA. Bill May, a Melbourne-born jazz musician, woodwork teacher and luthier, decided to change all that.
During the early 1940s Bill established a custom guitar manufacturing and repair business known as “Maton Stringed Instruments and Repairs”. This enterprise was so successful that Bill was able to convince his older brother Reg to join him as a full time guitar maker and in March 1946 the “Maton Musical Instruments Company” was born. The Maton name is a derivative of the words ‘May’ and ‘Tone’.
Maton’s first guitar making facility was opened in Canterbury near Melbourne in 1949. More than 300 different models were created at the Canterbury factory for 40 years until it was time to upgrade to a more modern and spacious facility in Bayswater in 1989. After 12 years at the Bayswater factory it relocated to an even larger facility in Box Hill.
The success of this Australian icon is largely due to the inspiration and creativity Bill May possessed and was able to reproduce in his instruments. Having established Maton as Australia’s longest running and most successful guitar manufacturer, and pioneering the use of many Australian wood species in guitar construction, Bill May is regarded by many Australian luthiers as the founding father of their industry.
In 2004 the company decided to commemorate their first location with a namesake model – The Maton Canterbury. It was a limited edition of only 50 units. This is number 29 of 50.
It is essentially a classic dreadnought made with typical Maton build quality and attention to detail.
AAA grade solid spruce top
Solid Indian rosewood back and sides
Brazilian mahogany neck
Indian rosewood fingerboard
Indian rosewood bridge
Nitro satin finish
Gold plated Maton closed back tuners
This is a great sounding acoustic guitar, but it also features Maton’s excellent AP5 pickup system which works a treat in amplifying its natural acoustic qualities in an accurate way.
This Maton Canterbury has been played and you can see obvious evidence of use – but in a good way. It is one that has been played, appreciated, and well looked after. Some marks and small dings here and there, but nothing too offensive and certainly nothing structural. There is some light fret wear, but lots of life left.
The spruce top has aged to a golden hue, and the Indian rosewood back and sides are spectacular. It plays nicely in all positions, with a natural responsiveness suitable for chord work, flatpicking or soloing. A fine all rounder.
The Canterbury is a well made, limited edition guitar with high specifications and built with typical Maton quality that will stand the test of time.
Comes in its original Maton hard case in good condition.