New Guitar Help - Maton Artist
I'm trying to get to a high level on guitar. I'm ready to buy a high-end acoustic. All the acoustic players that I want to play like seem to play some sort of Maton. I don't want to buy a guitar that has someone else's name on it (I.e. Emmanuel, Robinson, ...) but want a similar sound. It looks like Emil plays a Maton Artist. I'm thinking of buying the EBG 808 Artist. Problem is my country doesn't sell it so I'd be buying it without trying. Does Emil have the Artist? I've seen his with and without a cutaway. Any big different between cutaway and no cutaway? Am I crazy to buy the Artist without trying it?
emilernebro last edited by emilernebro
Emil here, thanks so much for your post!
I do play an EBG 808 Artist from 2007, and it is my main live performance guitars. It's definitely a great fingerstyle guitar. I have other high end instruments that produce more volume acoustically, but for live performance (when plugged into the amp/PA), the Artist is my choice. Very even in sound from lows to highs, and super easy to play. I do setup my instruments with help from a guy here in Sweden that really knows that stuff. Almost no instrument I've tried have had the right setup for me when coming from the factory so that's something that everyone should think about when trying guitars. The guitars can always (well.. almost always) be setup in a way that you like.
It's really difficult for me to say that you should or shouldn't buy a guitar without trying it. I've done that a couple of times, and it actually worked because I really knew what I was after, and I already tried the same models earlier. However, I have friends that have done that (from different guitar brands) and unfortunately some of them are not satisfied with the instruments.
I love Maton guitars so I'm pretty sure you'd like the guitars.. but you never know until you've tried an instrument.
I've had a Maton 808 Michael Fix model (with cutaway) in the past, and it was great too but I sold it to buy a Maton Custom Shop (beautiful 808 model as well), with my own specs that I use mostly for recording. I didn't need the cutaway really. For me, cutaway is cool, but not necessary for my solo live gigs. People say there's difference in sound with or with our a cutaway, but I'd say that's not a big difference.. it's really about the woods, and how the guitar is put together that makes it sound a certain way. And cutaway is a "look"-thing too.. some people like the look of a cutaway more, and some people prefer the standard model.
Hope this helps and good luck finding your new high end instrument!
Kind regards/Emil, ProGuitar team
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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@brock-sirko No problem! :)