From Maton –
“In 1958 company founder Bill May introduced the MS500 Mastersound series to the world. Played by some of the biggest names in the business including George Harrison, the guitar has been prized by many for its revolutionary design and extreme playability. The tradition continued today with the re-issue of the MS500 series, which has been extended to include the world class MS2000 carve top solid body that even Bill would be proud of today.
Classic shape, vintage tone. An incredibly versatile guitar suited to almost any sound or player. If it's Classic vintage tone, or the big bite cut through required for the loudest stages on today's Rock'N' Roll circuit, the MS500 delivers.”
The construction of the MS500 starts with the Silver Silkwood body and a bolt on Queensland Maple neck. Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, 25.5 inch scale and 22 frets, a Maton MVHB humbucker (coil tap) Bridge pickup and the Maton MVSC single coil for the neck, controlled by single volume and tone knobs, Coil Tap Switch, and a vintage styled 3 way chrome Rotary Selector Switch with settings of Cool, Mid-Way and Hi-Fi. Chrome stop tailpiece and bridge anchor the strings to the body that finished in Maton's custom gloss.
- Model: MS500
- Shape: Solid Body
- Body: Silver Silkwood
- Neck: Queensland Maple
- Fingerboard: Indian rosewood
- Fingerboard Inlays: 6mm Pearl Dots
- Fret Size: Jumbo Jim Dunlop 6130
- Number of Frets: 22
- Machine Heads: Chrome Grover Rotomatic
- Pickguard: Black
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Fingerboard Radius: 304.8mm (12")
- Nut Width: 42 mm
- Bridge Pickup: MVHB (Maton Vintage Humbucker)
- Neck Pickup: MVSC (Maton Vintage Single Coil)
- Controls: Vol 1. (Bridge) Vol 2. (Neck) Tone 1. (Master)
- Features Summary: -Tappable Bridge pickup, CTS Pots
- Finish Body: UV Gloss
- Finish Neck: Natural Satin
- Colour: Gloss Black
This Maton MS500 is in fine overall condition. A few minor marks here and there but hardly visible unless under a certain angle of light. Some very light fret wear on the lower area, neck is straight, truss rod works fine, tuners are solid and hold tuning well.
It is worth noting that Maton ceased production of solid body guitars some years ago, and finding new examples of the MS500 series guitars has become difficult if not impossible. So we are fortunate to offer this MS 500 for sale. It has been looked after very well and plays comfortably in all positions.
The MS500 is a solid, well crafted guitar that is built to last. This one is played in nicely, is set up well, showing only very light player wear, and with another 50 years left in the tank.
Comes in a CB branded hard shell poly case in good condition.
Video demo of same model – https://youtu.be/sw8ErZa11T0