1967 Maton L 101 'Lute' Bass Restoration Help

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1967 Maton L 101 'Lute' Bass Restoration Help

Post by JonoBurgess » 10 May 2018, 23:23

Hey Guys,

So i have recently inherited an ultra rare maton lute bass and would love to try and restore it to as original condition as possible.

Over the years it was painted black, pickups changed and pickguard removed but the bones of the bass are in great condition and the neck is beautiful.

Does anyone own one of these or have any information on these. Apparently only 102 of these were ever made.

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Re: 1967 Maton L 101 'Lute' Bass Restoration Help

Post by basshack » 11 May 2018, 07:55

Probably a stupid reply but you have talked with Maton themselves?

That's be a nice project and yes super rare.

There is a school of thought that taking it back to original condition denies the history it has. You see this a lot on building restoration projects where sometimes conserving what it has been subjected to is just as valid as recreating how it was built. I had an interesting conversation with the "librarian" at Warwick about my '66 Framus bass. His thoughts were to make it playable, put the missing parts back as they were but leave the mods made. If I had sent it back to them they would of hung it as it was.
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Re: 1967 Maton L 101 'Lute' Bass Restoration Help

Post by JonoBurgess » 11 May 2018, 08:02

Interesting thoughts!

I have sent an email to Maton at the same time as OP.

At the moment it is just in for getting some work done to get electronics back in order but I’m definitely going to just play it for a little while before rushing into anything

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Re: 1967 Maton L 101 'Lute' Bass Restoration Help

Post by NotTheFish » 11 May 2018, 08:19

Is that an Ibanez Musician pickup in it now ?

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Re: 1967 Maton L 101 'Lute' Bass Restoration Help

Post by JonoBurgess » 11 May 2018, 09:35

NotTheFish wrote:
11 May 2018, 08:19
Is that an Ibanez Musician pickup in it now ?
Not totally sure but it would make sense with the timeline the pickups would’ve been changed around 1986/87

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Re: 1967 Maton L 101 'Lute' Bass Restoration Help

Post by cleary » 11 May 2018, 10:15

You might have some luck contacting Tony from http://guitarnerd.com.au

There's a few different social contact options there, but if you get stuck shoot me a pm
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Re: 1967 Maton L 101 'Lute' Bass Restoration Help

Post by NotTheFish » 11 May 2018, 11:10

Piers Crocker is someone who would be good on a project like this - https://www.facebook.com/pierscrocker/

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Re: 1967 Maton L 101 'Lute' Bass Restoration Help

Post by Rickles » 11 May 2018, 16:50

I can't really give you any help, but I used to own an old Maton "Big Ben" Bass. A few years earlier than yours. It had the horrible guitar style tuners. Eventually the nylon turned but the shaft didn't. Mine never has a truss rod, so the neck snapped. A permanent, non adjustable rod was used to repair it. It was still a great neck to play on.

Yours appears to have the guitar style tuners. It may or may not have a truss rod. While in contact with Maton you should see if you can get any original parts. They should at least be able to send you some Maton transfers, stickers and maybe even one of those little metal plates that say Maton, which fit on the body at the base of the neck. You never know your luck.
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Re: 1967 Maton L 101 'Lute' Bass Restoration Help

Post by JonoBurgess » 11 May 2018, 19:02

Rickles wrote:
11 May 2018, 16:50
I can't really give you any help, but I used to own an old Maton "Big Ben" Bass. A few years earlier than yours. It had the horrible guitar style tuners. Eventually the nylon turned but the shaft didn't. Mine never has a truss rod, so the neck snapped. A permanent, non adjustable rod was used to repair it. It was still a great neck to play on.

Yours appears to have the guitar style tuners. It may or may not have a truss rod. While in contact with Maton you should see if you can get any original parts. They should at least be able to send you some Maton transfers, stickers and maybe even one of those little metal plates that say Maton, which fit on the body at the base of the neck. You never know your luck.
It does have an adjustable truss rod which is great, havnt heard back from Maton but my local Maton dealer put a call in to chase it up for me. See what comes back :)

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