Founded in Melbourne in 1946 by Bill May, the name Maton is derived from a combination of “May” and “Tone”. It is still a family owned Australian company now operated by Linda & Neville Kitchen (Bill May’s daughter and son in law). Bill May a musician and woodwork teacher built his first guitar at the age of 17 in 1936 (the guitar hangs in the showroom to this day). Shortly afterwards, Bill established a custom manufacturing and repair business known as “Maton Stringed Instruments & Repairs”. His older brother Reg joined him in March 1946 and the company was born. Today we pride ourselves in the discovery and promotion of Australian tone-woods and have mastered the use of sustainable alternatives to traditional timbers, lighting the way for guitar manufacturers all over the world. We ensure our team of craftsmen are provided with the very best materials & parts to ensure that your guitar reflects quality in build & tone. On stage, in the studio or in the bedroom, you carry with you an instrument far greater than the sum of its parts. A Maton guitar is much more than just timber and strings. It’s an extraordinary heritage of more than 65 years of fine guitar making and the culmination of the passion and collective experience our talented team build into every guitar.