The new J.R. Signature is slated to arrive early next year.
Melbourne’s own Maton Guitars have teamed up with Aussie acoustic virtuoso Joe Robinson for a new signature guitar, pairing a small-bodied shape with a cutaway design and bespoke appointments to appease finger-style players.
Robinson, who initially sprung onto the scene at the age of 17 after winning Australia’s Got Talent in 2008 with an eye-popping rendition of ‘Classical Gas’, is renowned for his fluid finger-style technique and grasp of melody, with many comparing his talent to the likes of Tommy Emmanuel and Chet Atkins.
Maton’s new J.R. Signature model seeks to solidify Robinson’s reputation as one of the world’s best players today, with the company working closely with the guitarist on the new instrument.
The guitar features an 808C-style body with a spruce top and Tasmanian Myrtle backs and sides, while a mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard round out the instrument’s construction. 21 jumbo frets allow for expressive bending and vibrato, while the slight neck profile and extremely light satin finish make for a smooth playing experience across the fretboard.
Maton have also included one of their famous AP5 PRO pickups in the J.R. Signature model for plugging in and performing onstage, while a bone saddle and nut and chrome Grover tuners promise superior tuning stability even when in the hands of the most extreme players.
‘I’ve been playing Maton guitars since I was 14 years old,” Robinson said of the newly announced guitar in a statement released recently.
‘They really are a huge part of my sound, and it means a lot that the relationship has moved to this level. I am so proud of this signature guitar. It is everything I hoped it would be and more.
‘The sound, feel and build quality are impeccable. I am so happy this guitar is now out in the world for others to enjoy.’
Hear Robinson put the new guitar through its paces in the demonstration video below. The guitar is expected to arrive to Australian dealers early next year – keep your eyes peeled for them soon.
Check out all the specs via the Maton Guitars website today.