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Maton MS500 Solidbody Electric Guitar Dark Green, 2001

Maton MS500 Solidbody Electric Guitar Dark Green, 2001

In North America, guitars like the Australian-built Maton MS500 Mastersound are fairly rare, though they are common in their home countries. This is often due to three factors, none of which reflect quality – distance (shipping costs), import duties and distribution chains. Here we’re treated to a Maton MS500 solidbody electric, built during 2001 at the Maton shop in Box Hill, Victoria, Australia – near Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay. Like other Maton products we’ve seen, it is well thought out, very well built and finished, and incorporates indigenous wood species wherever possible.

Used
Price: $1,499.99 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Maton FG100 Steel String Guitar, 1986

❌SOLD❌ Maton FG100 Steel String Guitar, 1986

Here is another rarity for North America – a Maton FG100 /6, built in Victoria, Australia during July of 1986. It is one of the last, if not the last, built when this model was discontinued in 1986. It also has a secondary label from its original seller – Ivor Mairants Musicentre in the London’s West End! Maton guitars are not commonly distributed in North America. One of the best known Maton artists is the great Tommy Emmanuel, and we’re very happy to link to a video of him using a Maton – though not this model.

Used
Price: $1,000.00 CAD

This instrument has sold

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❌SOLD❌ Jack Spira Cittern Australian Blackwood, 2005

❌SOLD❌  Jack Spira Cittern Australian Blackwood, 2005

This is unusual for us to see – a Jack Spira Cittern of Australian Blackwood, built during 2005 at Spira’s shop in Boolarra, east of Melbourne. Jack Spira has been building for over 30 years, focusing on steel string guitars in regular, tenor and baritone forms, plus Irish Bouzoukis, Citterns, and Octave Mandolins. He also does repair and custom work, in particular engraved inlays. His work is highly regarded, and popular enough that few make it to the used market in Canada.

Used
Price: $2,999.00 CAD

This instrument has sold

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❌SOLD❌ Cole Clark Violap with Horseshoe Pickup, 2003

❌SOLD❌ Cole Clark Violap with Horseshoe Pickup, 2003

The Cole Clark Violap is based on the classic Weissenborn steel guitar body shape, but built as a semi-hollow for amplified use without feedback. The concept is similar to the thinline Gibson ES-335 series, with a solid center block in an arched-top body. Cole Clark was founded in 2001 by Adam Cole and Bradley Clark in Melbourne Australia, and focuses on building quality instruments using sustainably harvested tone woods mostly native to Australia.

Used
Price: $999.00 CAD

This instrument has sold

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❌SOLD❌ Caldersmith Concert Classical Number 73, Red Cedar and Walnut, 2009

❌SOLD❌ Caldersmith Concert Classical Number 73, Red Cedar and Walnut, 2009

Here’s a treat – a Graham Caldersmith Concert Classical Number 73 guitar from 2009, with lattice-braced Red Cedar top and lovely American Walnut for the back and sides.
Graham Caldersmith has long been interested in musical instruments, and after a detour that led to a Masters in Aerophysics – advanced study of Mars – in 1978 he decided to shift to full time lutherie. His shop builds concert classical guitars, violins, violas, and cellos, based on careful research he himself conducts.

Used
Price: $4,000.00 CAD

This instrument has sold

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❌ SOLD ❌ 2006 Maton TE-2 Tommy Emmanuel Signature Steel String

❌ SOLD ❌ 2006 Maton TE-2 Tommy Emmanuel Signature Steel String

The Maton TE-2 is built in Australia in collaboration with the spectacular and innovative guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.

Used
Price: $2,850.00 CAD

This instrument has sold

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