The beautiful Maton in the above photo was actually made in the and was called the Goldline Only were made between and , and the design later evolved into the Maton Fyrbyrd. His regular guitar was being repaired, so the repair shop loaned him a Maton for a few shows. The neck was also a lot more playable. In the last few years a lot of these have popped up in various garage bands mainly around Melbourne due to their awesome looks.
History[ edit ] At first the company produced high-quality acoustic instruments for students and working professionals, aiming at providing good value for money and experimenting with the use of Australian woods. In the s they expanded into electric instruments and instrument amplifiers , at first under the name Magnetone. The early catalogues noted that the warranties on amplifiers and loudspeakers were void if used in situations of " overload or distortion ", reflecting May's jazz background but incredible to modern electric guitarists of any style. Maton established itself early on the Australian rock scene in the late s, assisted by Australia's tariff regime, which made imported guitars far more expensive than the local equivalents. The company also made one of the first sponsorship deals in Australian rock, supplying Melbourne band The Strangers with a full set of the distinctive 'El Toro' model guitars and basses notable for their outlandish 'horned' body shape while the group was working as the house band on the TV pop show The Go!!