With the gain cranked and the amp fully
saturated, the MS500/HC roared. Again,
chords were chunky, with plenty of bite and
clarity. Using both the neck and the bridge
pickups in single-coil mode gave me access
to a world of cool, Brian May-style tones.
Perhaps the guitar’s only limitation in terms
of tone shaping was that, at times, I wished
the guitar had an additional volume knob
so I could switch between a cleaner sound
for the “Cool” neck pickup and a dirtier
sound for the “HiFi” bridge pickup.
The Maton MS500/HC is a retro-handsome,
well-crafted, semi-hollow variation of
Maton’s first solidbody electric that doffs its
cap to both Maton’s history and the guitars