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Maton JB4 Lives Again! (The Proof Is Here)

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 15:39
by Classic5
I just did a post on this in the Aussie Made section.....but so excited about this that I had to repost in basses as well. Direct from the Australian International Music Expo in Melboune....two new JB4's being held by Ted Middleton from Maton (QLD).....love it :thumbup:

Apparently they'll be available from all Maton dealers in the very near future :cool:

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

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 15:46
by James R
Very nice!! Wonder what one of those would set you back?

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

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 15:48
by Classic5
KarateKid25 wrote:Very nice!! Wonder what one of those would set you back?
Well....from what I've been told the RRP will be around $1,995....which I think is quite reasonable.

Wish the fretless had fretlines though :/

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

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 15:58
by James R
Yeah it's reasonable. I was kind of expecting a higher price tag actually. Maybe $2500 or so.

Agreed on the fretlines. As sexy as having no lines looks, I'd be making some pretty crook sounds on that thing...

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

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 16:02
by ROON
I like the JB4, but honestly I'd prefer it if they made a more 'modernized' bass. :/

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

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 16:13
by Tendollarcat
ROON wrote:I like the JB4, but honestly I'd prefer it if they made a more 'modernized' bass. :/
I have to agree with you there. Look at the effort that has gone into some of the guitars behind Ted and then look at the JB and I can't help feeling that the Maton basses are not a primary interest. I now they are great instruments but they certainly aren't chasing the same level of innovation or complexity they put into guitars.

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

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 16:13
by NotTheFish
Nice reporting Ivan !!!.. Do you know if they are still using Dimarzios ?

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

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 16:18
by PilbaraBass
If they are DiMarzios (don't know), they're definitely not the DP123 style DiMarzios that they used to put in. The DP123 have adjustible pole pieces, these don't.

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

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 16:22
by Classic5
NotTheFish wrote:Nice reporting Ivan !!!.. Do you know if they are still using Dimarzios ?
Yep....they're using Dimarzios.
Tendollarcat wrote:
ROON wrote:I like the JB4, but honestly I'd prefer it if they made a more 'modernized' bass. :/
I have to agree with you there. Look at the effort that has gone into some of the guitars behind Ted and then look at the JB and I can't help feeling that the Maton basses are not a primary interest. I now they are great instruments but they certainly aren't chasing the same level of innovation or complexity they put into guitars.
This may be the case....I'll reserve my comment though.

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

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 16:25
by NotTheFish
It would be nice to see a JB-5 too...

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

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 17:12
by BenC
I saw these at AIMS too. Pretty much identical to the original JB4. One point of difference between the new and the old is the wood used for the body. Apparently sassafras was to hard to source for the new ones so they are using something else ... i can't remember what it was though. Classic5 did you happen to note the wood for the body? I believe the neck/fingerboard is still the same though - maple/ebony.

Will be interesting to see how they sound compared to the original ones.

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

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 17:57
by TheBottomLine
:drool:
I can see a fretless JB4 in my future.
No fretlines is no big deal if they have dots on the top of the neck.
I had a Godin 5 string with no lines , practised with it for 2 hours the day I got it then went out and played a gig with it.
EUB was harder it took 2 weeks till I played a gig with that one.
I'm sure that Maton could do fretlines as a special order , I may even ask for LED's
:cool:

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

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 18:37
by bugsy
bit bland......

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

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 18:42
by Rhystard
I agree bugsy, probably will mean the tax concession as there were no aussie manufacturers will be gone too.

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

Posted: 03 Oct 2010, 18:49
by Classic5
BenC wrote:I saw these at AIMS too. Pretty much identical to the original JB4. One point of difference between the new and the old is the wood used for the body. Apparently sassafras was to hard to source for the new ones so they are using something else ... i can't remember what it was though. Classic5 did you happen to note the wood for the body? I believe the neck/fingerboard is still the same though - maple/ebony.

Will be interesting to see how they sound compared to the original ones.
Hey BenC....Yeah there are a few differences and not sure what the body wood is. To be perfectly honest....and I hate to say this, but I felt that the finish wasn't as nice as the original. But that's purely just my opinion :/
It still felt like a good solid bass :yep