Sitka Spruce (picea sichensis)
The traditional choice of soundboard timber for many guitar manufacturers, "Sitka Spruce" has become the benchmark against which all other timbers are measured. It is found on the West Coast of North America from Northern California to Alaska.
Western Red Cedar (thuja plicata)
Found on the West Coast of North America, Western Red Cedar is lighter, softer and a little more stable than Spruce. Due to a lighter mid presence, it has a sweeter tone than Spruce, making it a favorite with finger stylists and classical players.
Bunya (araucaria bidwilli )
The Bunya Feast was a regular gathering of indigenous people from around the Bunya Mountains in Southern Queensland. They would gather to feast on the ripe nuts from the Bunya tree and to sing, dance and celebrate. The Bunya tree also yields an outstanding soundboard timber - probably the best Australia has to offer. Maton pioneered the use of this tonewood in the mid 1990's and have made some of our finest guitars from Bunya. Bunya has an earthy, wild, evocative tone, a change from the conventional - but with the volume, tone and beauty to stand up in its own right. Bunya is also a sustainable guitar making soundboard, reaching maturity in 80 years. Compare that to the 300 plus years it takes to grow Spruce.
Victorian Blackwood (acacia melanoxylon)
One of the most visually stunning furniture timbers available, Blackwood has also become an important tonewood. Most of our Blackwood comes from the Otway Ranges in Victoria, Australia. It often displays "fiddleback" character and "AAA" grade Blackwood can be intensely figured. It has a warm, full tone with a particularly pleasing mid frequency response and has become one of our most sought after timbers. It may be of interest to learn, that whenever a Maton employee gets to make their own guitar, they almost always choose Blackwood.
Queensland Maple (flindersia breyleyana)
Originally used as a Mahogany "substitute", Queensland Maple has become the backbone of the Maton sound. It is used in nearly every Maton either as a neck, back & sides, or internal component. A rainforest hardwood from Northern Queensland, this timber is light, strong, and visually striking. Queensland Maple is extremely well balanced with an even response accross all frequencies. If you are looking for the secret to Maton's great tone, this is a good place to start.
Queensland Walnut (endiandra palmerstronii)
This large, hard and dense rainforest timber has proven to be an excellent laminate for our 325 and 425 series. This Australian timber produces great tone, giving a clear top end frequency response with full bodied mid and bass. It is also visually beautiful, having much in common with American Walnut.