From Maton – “ Designed in conjunction with guitar great Tommy Emmanuel, the TE series guitars are an outstanding tribute to Tommy’s musicianship and Maton’s superior craftsmanship. Built to Tommy’s specifications the TE series provides the huge tone and performance you would expect from a guitar bearing his name.
Tommy looks for a guitar with superb tone, capable of the most delicate expression as well as the most ferocious attack. The neck must stay true regardless of the rigours of international travel and the guitar needs to perform at its peak, from Rome, to Nashville, to Sydney!”
The Tommy Emmanuel model features a Mother of Pearl block inlay on the 12th Fret, engraved with “C.G.P.” The acronym stands for “Certified Guitar Player,” a title bestowed on Tommy by Chet Atkins and held by only 3 other guitarists in the world – John Knowles, Jerry Reed and Steve Warriner.
Originally used as a mahogany “substitute”, Queensland Maple has become the backbone of the Maton sound. It is used in nearly every Maton either as a neck, back & sides, or internal component. A rainforest hardwood from Northern Queensland, this timber is light, strong, and visually striking. Queensland Maple is extremely well balanced with an even response across all frequencies.
The AP5 Pro now features Separate Microphone and Piezo input controls allow for blending of both microphone and piezo levels prior to sending the actively combined signals through to the tone circuits and master volume. Highly selective cardioid microphone system allows for much greater microphone level before feedback in live environments. This newly upgraded microphone is direct mounted to the preamp casing via an adjustable arm, which permits easy final tweaking of microphone position to suit the individual artist’s style.
The TE model is the most popular top end Maton model currently available. While the guitar is comfortable and loud for its small size, the AP5 Pro combination makes this guitar superb for any live performance.
Top Wood: “AAA” Select” Grade Solid Sitka Spruce
Back Wood: Solid Queensland Maple
Nut Width: 1 47/64″
Frets To Body: 14
Hardshell Case Included
Serial Number: 16913
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Bracing: Maton X Braced
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Inlay: MOP Kangaroo inlay
Tuners: Chrome Grover Rotomatic
Inlays: Mother of Pearl Dot Fingerboard Inlays
Body Binding: Ivory
Pickguard: Tortoise with Gold “M”
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Bridge Pins: White w/ Black Dots
Body Depth: 4 59/64″
Lower Bout Width: 14 13/32″
Upper Bout Width: 11 7/32″
This Maton 808 TE is in excellent condition. It has been used professionally on a regular basis, but has been properly looked after. It is well set up, and plays beautifully.
It has a few minor marks but nothing significant. It is structurally sound, has been played in nicely, and has a soul and sound all of its own.
Comes in its original Maton hard case in good condition.
Tommy Emmanuel Video Demo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ulAUaVGROs