Inspired by the LR Baggs Handcrafted Video Sessions and our experience in some of Nashville’s great studios, the Session electronics were designed to impart the rich sonic character that you’d expect from an experienced audio engineer using some of the world’s finest studio gear. We’ve captured this studio magic and made it an integral part of your guitar for live performance with the Session VTC.
Breathe life into your signal with additional harmonics for a superior, “natural warmth” and richness of tone. The Session VTC’s “tape-like” saturation is voiced specifically for the acoustic guitar and transports studio, analog warmth and inspiring playability to the stage.
Like having your very own sound engineer responding to the way you play, this circuitry continually suppresses problematic frequencies common in live performances, allowing the best qualities of your guitar to come through the mix. The built-in low, mid, and high frequency compressors are essentially “touch-sensitive” EQs that respond in real-time to your dynamics. The harder you strum, the more they compress and vice versa.
The Session VTC pairs studio electronics with our patented Element pickup for a polished sound on stage. Engineered to mirror the soundboard’s actual movement as you play, a flexible sensor picks up the guitar’s most delicate nuances for the highest fidelity possible. Because the pickup tracks the motion of the top rather than the direct string attack, it mitigates the “quack” common in other undersaddle pickups and unlocks the Element’s unrivaled dynamic range.
"The Music That Maton Made" Hardback book
From a small backyard workshop on the outskirts of Melbourne, Maton Guitars has grown into a truly inspiring Australian success story.
In 1946, Bill May crafted a guitar in his Melbourne garage that he wanted the world to hear and to play. In a matter of years, it was in the hands of Elvis Presley on film. Later, a Maton played the riff that defined a generation on the Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter'. Today, Maton are an essential part of music culture in Australia and around the world.
This is not only a book for guitar lovers — it's an intimate family history and an essential part of Australian music history. Compiling over ten years of research, and over two years in production, this book is as well-crafted and family-owned as Maton guitars themselves.
Go behind-the-scenes to meet the artisan guitar makers. Read the stories behind the songs created with Maton guitars. And go backstage to meet the bands and musicians that have, with a Maton in hand, shaped our musical world.
Packed full of interviews with the greats — from jazz legend George Golla to guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel; from Archie Roach, and The Wiggles, to Daniel Johns, Paul Kelly, and Josh Homme, and many more ...
Published to coincide with Maton's 70th anniversary, The Music That Maton Made is a comprehensive, full-colour tribute to a home-grown guitar range that has been embraced by famous musicians and guitar enthusiasts around the world.View full product details
The Hawaiian Steel Guitar And Its Great Hawaiian Musicians, edited and compiled by Lorene Ruymar, stands as the ultimate reference work for people interested in the Hawaiian steel guitar. Lorene Ruymar has condensed the 100 year history of this quintessential Hawaiian instrument into 200 pages, packed with photographs, drawings and information. Contributions are included from over 70 different people, including Jerry Byrd, Bob Brozman, Mike Perlowin, and many others.
This fascinating book covers the origin of the steel guitar and its spread throughout the world; Hawaiian playing styles, techniques and tunings; and more. This is the perfect book for fans of National Guitars and other steel guitars.View full product details
'The History & Artistry of National Resonator Instruments' by Bob Brozman is a history, source book and owner's manual for players and fans of National instruments, and covers the facts and figures necessary for serious collectors. In addition to many black and white historical photos, there is also an expansive colour section highlighting various models. The book covers the company's full history, specific styles and models of all instruments, the Hawaiian, blues, and jazz artists who have used Nationals, a history of their advertising, set-up and maintenance, and much more. Appendixes include serial numbers for all instruments, a company chronology and a Hawaiian Artist Discography.View full product details
While stocks last, we're offering two sets of brand new Elixir Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb acoustic guitar string sets along with a bonus set of Elixir Optiweb 10 - 46 electric guitar strings for $50 including free shipping Australia-wide! These are our bestselling acoustic guitar strings strings, in our most popular gauge - .012 - .053, with the added value of a set of light gauge long-life guitar strings.
Elixir Acoustic Phosphor Bronze with Nanoweb Coating deliver distinctive phosphor bronze warmth and sparkle together with extended tone life.
Elixir Acoustic Guitar Strings are covered with an ultrathin, space-age polymer tube that contacts the string on the tops of the windings only. Elixir Nanoweb coating permits acoustic guitar strings with the feel, bright tone, and punch of traditional strings. Elixirs are the first major innovation in guitar strings in over forty years and they deliver what they promise: great tone and long life no matter what you put them on or how often you play.
Most players report that Elixir Strings keep sounding great 3 to 5 times longer than ordinary strings.