Maton Custom Shop Flat Picker

$5,499.00 $4,299.00

“When I am developing ideas for Custom Shop models, my voyages of discovery lead me in so many directions. Stores, players, music and passion for Acoustic Guitars are always on the agenda and there is plenty to find, play and inspire. So many players and shop guys want to pass on their ideas and love for so many different styles of guitar and often you stumble across a consistent theme…..
The Flatpicker by The Maton Custom Shop was a very basic choice to make. Create a Simple and Elegant straight up Dreadnought that could appeal to a variety of players from Bluegrass pickers to a home studio Muso who wants a guitar with plenty of Voice. This Custom Shop Model is a combination of Classic Looks, Classic Tones, and Classic Timbers. The European Spruce Top and Indian Rosewood back and sides are a fundamental combination for such a guitar. It had to be Bass heavy with thick midrange tones and piercing trebles. A Classic Mahogany One Piece neck adds to the big sound and lovers of the Classic Flat top acoustic guitar will not be disappointed. Just think Doc Watson or Tony Rice and you will be at home with the Flatpicker. Strummed in a song or Ragtime classic, the Flatpicker has been one of my favorite journeys as a Luthier.”

Andy Allen 2015

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Maton’s Custom Shop provides you with the ultimate personal guitar experience. As the customer, you are invited to specify body shape, colour, decorative inlays and be involved in the selection of premium tone woods.

The Maton Custom Shop experience provides you with the opportunity to have a say in the dynamics of the desired sound speaking face-to-face with the craftsman who will build the guitar for you.

You can be guaranteed that Maton will build a guitar that you can truthfully say is unique, a one-off.

All timbers selected for Custom Shop guitars are hand picked from Maton’s vast stocks and then thoroughly checked for structural integrity. This ensures that only top quality materials find their way into a Custom Shop guitar. The timber’s visual appeal and tonal quality also form an important part of the selection process. All the chosen components are then individually ‘voiced’ to ensure they can produce maximum acoustic performance. This is done by ‘tap testing’ and flexing each piece to determine maximum strength and minimum weight, the recipe for great tone. It is a process that requires deep experience and construction knowledge and can only be done by an extremely skilled craftsman.

As the head of Maton’s Custom Shop,  Andy Allen has the ability to build a guitar that will produce the sound that the customer has ordered and wants to hear. The construction of a Custom Shop guitar is performed by a single, skilled luthier and this ensures every detail mirrors precisely the customer’s requirements. It also ensures the look as well as the sound matches the buyer’s dream. Each operation is done by hand, the way Maton Guitars have been built since 1946, with no deadline. The process will take however long is required to meet the customer’s expectations. A masterpiece cannot be rushed!

  • Model: Flatpicker
  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Soundboard: “AAA Select” Mastergrade
  • Rosette: Herringbone
  • Bracing: Light Brace
  • Back & Sides: Select Indian Rosewood
  • Outer Binding: Rosewood
  • Inner Binding: Herringbone
  • Backstrip/Zipper: None
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Headstock Veneer: Ebony
  • Fingerboard: Ebony/White Binding
  • Fretwire: Dunlop 6260
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fingerboard Radius: 304.8mm (12″)
  • Nut Width: 44mm (1.736″ – 1 47/64″)
  • 14th Fret: Width 55mm (2.165″ – 2 11/64″)
  • Fingerboard Inlays: 4mm MOP Dots
  • Back & Sides Finish: U.V Gloss
  • Top Finish: U.V Gloss
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Bridge Pins: Ivory ABS
  • Machine Heads: Open Back Grovers
  • Pickguard: None
  • End Pin/Strap: Chrome
  • Nut & Saddle: Bone
  • Scratchplate: Supplied
  • Case: Hiscox Flight case
  • Pickup: AP5 PRO Optional
  • Strings: Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze 12-53