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Maton MGB4

Post by bsod » 21 Apr 2018, 14:38

Just saw this at the Music Swap Shops website. Knowing there are one or two Maton enthusiasts on this site I thought it may be of some interest. Looks to be in pretty good shape overall, but there is only one pic of it though.

http://www.musicswopshop.com.au/stock?search=MSS+59226

I have no ties with the seller or the shop selling it, though I have bought from the shop in the past and found them good to deal with.

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Re: Maton MGB4

Post by Classic5 » 21 Apr 2018, 21:39

Nice bass :yep

I have the fretted twin of this bass. Always thought it would make a terrific fretless.

Price is right up there though, even if it is serial #007.
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Re: Maton MGB4

Post by BassLine » 22 Apr 2018, 01:24

Classic5 wrote:
21 Apr 2018, 21:39
Nice bass :yep

I have the fretted twin of this bass. Always thought it would make a terrific fretless.

Price us right up there though, even if it is serial #007.
The Fretless versions are selling for more than the fretted versions. Very low Serial numbers will become increasingly important in the long term, making it a collectors bass that is still affordable enough to gig with it (for now).
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Re: Maton MGB4

Post by Classic5 » 22 Apr 2018, 11:35

BassLine wrote:
22 Apr 2018, 01:24
Classic5 wrote:
21 Apr 2018, 21:39
Nice bass :yep

I have the fretted twin of this bass. Always thought it would make a terrific fretless.

Price us right up there though, even if it is serial #007.
The Fretless versions are selling for more than the fretted versions. Very low Serial numbers will become increasingly important in the long term, making it a collectors bass that is still affordable enough to gig with it (for now).
They are definitely terrific basses, no doubt about that. Neck thru, ebony fretboard, nice and light with the sassafras body. I bought mine brand new back in 1984, serial #016.....not as low as 007 but probably in the same production run. I think it may be time to re-discover this baby :-)

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Re: Maton MGB4

Post by bsod » 22 Apr 2018, 19:36

I have one as well, but not in as good as condition. The paint was "crazing" around the top horn and some paint has since flaked off. Mind you I only paid $1100 for it, and it had just been restrung with Thomastic flats. Regarding the finish, people pay premiums for that "relic" look, so it may be worth more now! :)

Have no idea what serial # mine is, cant seem to locate it on the bass, so I suppose that means it must be in one of the cavities.

I was surprised the size overall is slightly smaller than the fretted/fretless JB4s though, I thought the only difference was in the active EMG pickups VS the passive DiMarzio's in the JB4s.

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Re: Maton MGB4

Post by Classic5 » 22 Apr 2018, 21:15

Hey Craig, the serial number on mine is stamped into the wood on the top back of the headstock.

I just pulled mine out of storage, took the photo and had a play. It sounds better than ever to be honest. The pickups always seemed a little too hot for me but I know how to tame them now. Just did a quick recording and it came up sounding massive.

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Re: Maton MGB4

Post by bsod » 22 Apr 2018, 21:26

Thanks Classic5,

I'll pull the bass out and have a look. Pretty sure I looked there, but no harm in checking again.

Update: Looks like 169, the number is very hard to read. It's as if the number was scratched in and not pressed like the serial numbers on my other Matons. Decided to check the old JB4. Initially had a heart attack because it looked like 001! On closer inspection I think it's either 301 or 801. Once again the definition of the numbers is not very good, but sure it's not 001. Would have been cool if it was :)

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Re: Maton MGB4

Post by NotTheFish » 22 Apr 2018, 22:08

This thread is making me miss one of the only basses I regret letting go:
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Re: Maton MGB4

Post by Classic5 » 23 Apr 2018, 09:34

NotTheFish wrote:
22 Apr 2018, 22:08
This thread is making me miss one of the only basses I regret letting go:
Can't see the image Jeremy. Try using imgur or something other than photobucket. But I think I know which bass you're talking about :yep
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Re: Maton MGB4

Post by NotTheFish » 23 Apr 2018, 10:25

Classic5 wrote:
23 Apr 2018, 09:34
NotTheFish wrote:
22 Apr 2018, 22:08
This thread is making me miss one of the only basses I regret letting go:
Can't see the image Jeremy. Try using imgur or something other than photobucket. But I think I know which bass you're talking about :yep
OK.. Done.. Yeah I do share the photo rather often..

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Re: Maton MGB4

Post by Classic5 » 23 Apr 2018, 12:37

OOhhh yeah, that does look sweet :cool:
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Re: Maton MGB4

Post by Frobie » 24 Apr 2018, 04:40

My son bought mine from me a few years ago but he has orders to sell it back to me before anyone else. Bad pic of it is all I have although mine is a Maton JB4 Jumbuck Fretless.
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Re: Maton MGB4

Post by cleary » 24 Apr 2018, 10:21

I'm battling to understand the distinction here between the MGB and JB basses - they have the same pickup config, both neck-through, both sassafrass bodies.

Best as I can tell, there's a slight difference in the horn/headstock carving, someone mentioned active circuitry in the MGB, and I'm guessing the 5 string option (I've never seen 5 string *maton* JB, slowlearner's build obviously comes to mind though :) )

Can anyone enlighten me on any other variations?
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Re: Maton MGB4

Post by jezzamac » 24 Apr 2018, 10:35

The MGB4 is active the JB4 is passive.
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Re: Maton MGB4

Post by Classic5 » 24 Apr 2018, 10:50

jezzamac wrote:
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The MGB4 is active the JB4 is passive.
The MGB4 is active but also has a switch to run it in passive mode. The pickups are also different in that the MGB4 uses active "Magnetics" pickups. When in active mode there is one tone control that boosts bass and treble.

I find I like recording in passive mode but active mode is great for live playing. It really is a very nice bass.

With regards to the neck, I actually think it may be a set neck rather than neck thru.
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