Maton Starline amplifiers

I would like any information about these. How good are they? What is considered the best model? How much should I expect to pay for one in good order?

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Maton is a Japanese brand name and can attract the Yamaha/Ibanez cachet. As far as amps go, it depends on what you're gunning for. If it's valve-driven, it may have some value but not much more than $200 unless really well described. If it's solid-state; forget it. Do you have further info?

Made by Maton in Australia, but finding info is a little tricky.

Here's a quote from the old forums on 'em:


Posted by Sean on May 06, 2005 at 21:52:15:

I owned one of these about 20 years ago. They were designed for jazz guitarists and have a pleasant, warm sound. If it's grunt and distortion you're after, then it's not the amp for you (unless you get a master volume control installed). I now use a Maton V606 which is pure valve (no solid state circuitry) and it has a lot more balls than the Starline.


Starline combo amps were made in the '60s (62 to 68 I think). They used a combination of valve and solid state technology. You can find the Maton catalog entry here:-,%20T506%20&%20T406.pdf

I've had a look in Maton's website where they say they were made from 1962. They also say that their museum archives are incomplete. It is my guess that these amps were made a lot earlier, because the early Maton Starline electric guitars were made from 1951 - 1962. After that they became slimline, and then George Golla models from about 1969 until 1990, if I am not mistaken. They were all called Starlines. They were very expensive, and therefore few in number. I recently bought an S.E. 90 (1951 - 1955) which is my first electric guitar, hence my interest in these amplifiers. I have assumed that they may have been made especially to accompany the early Starlines. I may be wrong on that score. Thanks, Michael for your input. It sounds as though from what you said that these amps would be adequate for my style of playing. I know nothing about sound amplification, and value the advice of someone who knows. You are the first person I have known to have owned one.

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