To evaluate the Maton’s
tones, I dialed in a clean
sound through a Paul
Reed Smith 30 amp,
with all the tone knobs
set to 12 o’clock. The
made dialing in a
warm, rich, jazzy tone
easy, and chords rang
out nicely with plenty
of sustain. The hollow
chamber also imparts a
warm, musical midrange
and a trace of reverb-like
resonance. The MVB1 and
MVS1 pickups are quite respon-
sive to the resonant qualities of the
body and exhibit a lot of tonal range.
The combination of the neck pickup
with the coil-tapped bridge pickup was a
favorite—serving up a nice blend of deep,
low-midrange tones with some high-end
snap that I could easily adapt for jazz, funk,
blues, and country riffs.
Next I plugged into a Fryette Memphis
Thirty amp, again keeping the tone knobs
at a neutral setting and adding some amp
overdrive. In this setting, the guitar was
perfect for heavy ’70s British rock—
especially when playing power chords in a
chugging rhythm. Pickup clarity was excellent in almost any combination. Chording
in the neck position sounded tight and
heavy without being muddy or too muffled.
And the Maton proved perfect for bluesy
leads—delivering impressive sustain with
only a minimal amount of overdrive.
...and at a mini price!
and tone control, its two channels are loaded with features that include an
MP3 input and balanced XLR D.I. output so you can capture performances
while you jam along. Pick one up soon. Hey, it only weighs 20lbs.