This is a 1959 vintage Maton F240 archtop guitar.
The F240 is an acoustic archtop, which was made between 1953 and 1962. Serial number on this guitar - 1180 - indicates a likely 1959 build, and is only 26 numbers off the other 1959 model we have here. Some years back we sold a breathtakingly mint '58 - click here to see it.
The '58 had a Mahogany body, whereas this example has a Maple body with a carved solid Spruce top. Neck is Maple with a Mahogany centre lamination, and the fretboard is either Rosewood or an Australian equivalent.
So here is a REAL archtop, with a full 17" wide body. Depth is 2 5/16".
The guitar is in fantastic condition, with no cracks in the timbers, and only a few minor scratches. The glued-on 'wings' of the headstock, which always seem to come adrift on these early Matons, have been re-glued and the black finish retouched. These can all be seen in the 'more pictures' link below. Frets display the barest indications of wear, and none past the third fret! Maton made these with low frets for easy playability in the first place, with their marketing saying "The slim, smooth neck and low frets make playing effortless and fast". This one's certainly effortless and fast! Neck angle is superb - a completely no-issues vintage Maton archtop.
The guitar comes with a brand new plush-lined molded hard shell case!
Sold to Steve