Maton JB4 Lives Again! (The Proof Is Here)

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Re: Maton JB4 Lives Again! (The Proof Is Here)

Post by mkat » 13 Jan 2011, 00:05

Smokocaster wrote:It's silly to compare technological updates (or the lack of) to a guitar when great bassplayers are still hammering the 1962 Precision they've owned for 30 years.
No it's not. It clearly shows the technology of the time was used effectively in some areas and avoided altogether in others for business reasons and due to the infancy of the innovation (ie. the solid body electric bass). Bass technique, changes in music and technology have evolved since then. I'm not saying the instrument isn't valid today because it clearly is, just putting things into perspective.

Anyway, the JB4 did make obvious improvements in it's time and that was one of it's strong points. Although I much preferred the tone of the Fender PB I modded :)
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Re: Maton JB4 Lives Again! (The Proof Is Here)

Post by MrMow » 14 Jan 2011, 13:10

I sent them a mail last year telling them to make this..

This I would buy.. (sorry 'bout the bodgy photochop)

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That JB4.. bleah.. not a chance..
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Post by Eberbachl » 14 Jan 2011, 15:35

That would be pretty nice... ;)
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Post by PilbaraBass » 14 Jan 2011, 15:51

I too am not a fan of the JB4 design.
1) It just doesn't look appealing aesthetically to me
2) It doesn't offer anything "new"... if you want a P bass or a PJ, then buy a PJ
3) It doesn't improve on reason #2, if it did, then #2 could be ignored.

I'm no longer of the opinion that Maton or Cole-Clark should build bass guitars. Too many companies make too many nice products already, it's just not sound business. However, if Maton or C-C would make something like these, I may change my view... http://www.lakland.com/44-55-AJ.htm :D
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Post by Eberbachl » 14 Jan 2011, 16:46

Thanks!

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...now I want a Lakland!

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Post by NotTheFish » 14 Jan 2011, 17:19

I have to admit to be a little shocked at the JB-4 bashing going on in this thread.. They are what they are.. Buy it or leave it.. However, if they were to make something new. I would really like them to make hollowbody/ semi-hollowbody type basses like Rob Allen RB-2's or Epiphone Jack Cassidy's etc.. I reckon that would be playing to their strengths..

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Post by acmeman » 14 Jan 2011, 17:57

I totally agree, when there are so many fretless choices out there playing to their strengths would have been forward thinking. Even taking a poll on forums such as these to test the waters and what we might be interested in. This would have been a great marketing angle too, if I had some input on a bass, I might want to buy it!
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Post by wilbur88 » 14 Jan 2011, 18:18

I agree that Maton should be moving forward with the new basses, but also think that the JB4 was/is a classic bass guitar. I always wanted one, and was relieved when Mark snapped up the one that pooped up on this forum a while ago - before I was tempted.
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Re: Maton JB4 Lives Again! (The Proof Is Here)

Post by BennetsGreen » 14 Jan 2011, 23:54

Does anyone know where you can buy these?

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Post by slowlearner » 15 Jan 2011, 07:41

BennetsGreen, I'd contact Maton.

I agree with Notthefish and Acmeman. If you don't want it, don't buy it, but stop smashing it. I personally think Maton guitars are not that great, but I don't go on about it, I just don't own one. Have to say though, the JB4s I've played were amazing. Sure they look like a piece of furniture, but so did 70s alembics. If someone said, "have your pick of 4 string fretlesses", the JB4 would be right up there (with a wal actually). They are, as others have said, classic basses. I would be interested to see a JB5 though.

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Post by Aussie Mark » 03 Mar 2011, 13:08

And, you can now buy one - $1699 with hard case and free shipping ....

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Maton-JB-IV-Jumb ... 35b053e8ce

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Post by j4ck » 04 Mar 2011, 12:48

Bass Centre have these in stock for $1699.

I'd love to play one.
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Post by Aussie Mark » 04 Mar 2011, 13:09

j4ck wrote:Bass Centre have these in stock for $1699.

I'd love to play one.
Haworth (the link I posted) is a shorter drive for you than Melbourne :thumbup:

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Post by j4ck » 04 Mar 2011, 13:16

Aussie Mark wrote:
j4ck wrote:Bass Centre have these in stock for $1699.

I'd love to play one.
Haworth (the link I posted) is a shorter drive for you than Melbourne :thumbup:
5 hour round trip to see a bass...haha...Fair call though.

Melbourne is cooler. I should have gone when work sent me there for orientation.

I don't think they had the Maton in stock then though.

PJ basses are really hitting a nerve with me these days (in a good way).
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Post by TheBottomLine » 04 Mar 2011, 14:53

I would love an old JB4
I played the new one about a month ago and wouldn't bother getting one , even with a good setup they are not half as good as they were back in the day IMO.
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