Here is an example of true Australiana - a highly-regarded model from Australia's Maton company (only 473 were produced between 1977 and 1994, with serial numbers from 001 to 887). The JBIV (also known as the Jumbuck and JB4) is a classic bass that is fast becoming a collectable vintage Maton. This one is serial number 511, making it a 1982 (or possibly late 1981) model
The original DiMarzio passive pickups (P-bass neck pickup and J-bass bridge pickup) are wonderfully powerful yet warm, and allow a very useful blending of Precision and Jazz bass tones. Factory-fitted brass nut and Badass bridge on a Rock Maple/Black African Ebony neck-through construction with an Australian Sassafrass body give great sustain and tone.
The condition of this vintage Maton bass is extremely good. There is some playing wear to the front of the bass, mainly in the thumb position just behind the front pickups, but the back displays no belt-buckle rash, just some minor 'worming'. This has been a much-played but well cared-for bass. Neck is perfect, and the frets have been well-dressed but have plenty of life left in them. The bass is totally original except for the knobs.
These basses play and sound fantastic - if you've never tried one before, you will be amazed.
The original plush-lined hard shell case comes with this bass, but the plastic handle has suffered the fate of many Maton cases from this period, and has become brittle and broken off.
Sold to Chris