The Maton Case
- Maton Guitars
- Cobalt Design
Maton forms the sound track of generations; from The Beatles & Rolling Stones to current stars like Tommy Emmanuel & Keith Urban. Musicians acknowledge Maton’s build quality and unique sound make their guitars the best in the world. So Maton’s brief for a case was unequivocal; it had to be the best in the world.
The Maton Case is a road case. It’s designed for touring performers transporting their prized possession across town or between continents. It‘s unique in that it has a tailored fit for all their models, rather than a generic case where individual fit is compromised.
Traditional guitar cases are generically shaped to suit a wide number of guitar brands and models. This results in a sloppy, loose fit where the guitar is subject to excessive movement within the case & external impact & vibrations are exacerbated inside the case.
In contrast, the Maton Case has an engineered fit tailored to each Maton model. This allows the Impact Absorbing System to precisely support the known structural points of each guitar model & provide clearance zones around the guitar’s sensitive, resonance areas.
The Maton Case’s modular design means future models can also have a tailored fit.
The Maton Case uses a similar principle to modern cars; combining crumple zones and rigid passenger cells to protect occupants during collisions. The Maton Case’s integrated Impact Absorbing System has layers which combine to provide superior protection for the guitar.
Compared to a traditional case, the Maton Case demonstrably reduces impact loads transferred to the guitar. The layers from the inside-out are:
– Liner: EVA moulded closed cell sheet foam upholstered with short fibre velvet fabric
– Impact Absorbing Strips: Soft open cell foam
– Support Structure: Semi Rigid closed cell PU Foam moulding
– Outer Shell: HDPE blow-moulded
Like permanently deployed airbags, the Maton Case uses pockets of air within strategic points of the Case as part of a holistic protective environment. Other guitar cases are made by case makers. As guitar makers, Maton’s intimate understanding of a guitar’s structure, sound & resonance guided Cobalt to place clearance zones around the guitar’s most sensitive surfaces. The clearances are sufficient to prevent or substantively reduce contact to these sensitive areas.
In addition, internal air pockets are positioned throughout the Case. These cushion loads and allow room for controlled deflection between the soft foam layers & semi rigid Support Structure.
The velvet upholstered EVA Liner lines both halves of the case and forms the guitar’s frontline contact surface. Compliant in itself, the duro level of the moulded EVA is flexible enough to dissipate loads through deflection, yet firm enough to provide structure through its tailored fit.
Bonded to the underneath of the Liner are soft open-cell PU foam Impact Absorbing Strips. These are positioned at key points aligned to the strongest points around the guitar body. The Strips absorb loads and vibrations between the Liner and the Support Structure and are positioned away from the guitar’s most sensitive parts.
The Support Structure is a semi-rigid foam (LD-PUR) moulded within the Outer Shell. This lamination creates a very strong, flexible and lightweight body. Two foam cross-braces prevent torsion/twist.
The Shells are blow-moulded HDPE; making them extremely resilient to impact/static loads & possess a scuff resistant surface texture.
Typical guitar cases are moulded in ABS plastic, edged with an aluminium valance. Valences are easily bent which then prevents the case from closing. In contrast, the Maton Case’s Shells have a deep torturous lip profile, creating significant cross-sectional strength around the whole perimeter which remains unaffected by even large bumps.