Australia’s Maton guitars have been seen in the hands of numerous players over the past 50-some years. Among those who have used them: Easybeats guitarist Harry Vanda, British session guitar Big Jim Sullivan, Neil Finn of Crowded House, Ben Harper and Josh Homme, to name a few. Even Beatle George Harrison played a Maton Mastersound MS-500 briefly in the summer of 1963, as you may recall from this recent story.
Among Maton fans, the prize has to be the ultra-rare Maton Wedgtail (often misspelled Wedgetail). Fewer than 110 were made between 1968 and 1973, with the Series 1 1968 version being the rarest.
Eastwood Custom Shop has decided to revive the model and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to let interested buyers in on the project.
Eastwood writes, “This guitar will have a tone chambered body (to reduce weight), dual humbucker pickups, 3-way switch with dual volume and tone controls. Modern upgrades will include a Bigsby B-70 with roller bridge and a modern C-shaped slim taper neck profile.”
The company has targeted a $999 street price for the Bigsby version. All pre-orders will receive a free custom hardshell case (a $139 value).
To get in on the action, go to EastwoodCustoms.com and click the Support Now link. Crowdfunding ends on June 19.
Eastwood hasn’t decided on the finish yet, but the company says it’s keen on this Wedgtail from Rick Springfield’s collection.