Mayson MS3/OCE2

Published 6 years ago on September 15, 2018

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

There are a number of design elements that set this guitar apart from the pack.

Nick Jennison


Wonderful looks

Solid ovangkol construction

Smart engineering decisions


Fretwork could be better

Guitar Interactive star rating: 4 stars

Mayson MS3/OCE2

MSRP £TBC (UK)  $1630 (US)

Using solid ovangkol for the top, back and sides, this beautiful, slightly darker sounding acoustic guitar from Mayson has a truly special design. The MS3/OCE2 Artist Series guitar offers a very natural satin feel neck and even increases the ease of playing with it's carefully designed body and neck shape. Nick Jennison tells us more.

Mayson is an acoustic guitar manufacturer with bold ambitions. They’re aiming to improve on centuries of guitar building by employing a number of “Smart Concepts” (more on that later), combining old-school luthiery with the latest technology. Bold claims indeed!

The MS3/OCE2 model we’re looking at today a team-built instrument in Mayson’s concert-sized Marquis body shape, and my word is it a looker! The solid ovangkol top, back and sides are absolutely stunning, with a deep and vibrant grain. Ovangkol is related to rosewood, and shares many of it’s tonal properties. It exhibits rosewood’s broad and even frequency response, but the fuller low midrange and “harder” treble are reminiscent of koa. It’s a great-sounding wood, and the solid construction used on this guitar shows it off at it’s best.

The tone is dark, but still very clear. There’s not a lot of punchy upper-mid brightness, but there’s plenty of “air” and string definition. The highs are very silky with a husky, breathy texture, underpinned by a full and balanced low end. Hard strumming brings out more of an “aah/or” format that’ll poke through a mix with clarity and a good degree of authority, but it’s on Flatpicking and fingerstyle where this guitar shines. These more delicate styles showcase the guitar’s tonal breadth and balance, with a low end that’s present but not overwhelming and a clear, slightly scooped midrange.

There are a number of design elements that set this guitar apart from the pack. Notably, the inset machine heads look and feel very high quality indeed. The fretwork on this particular guitar isn’t fantastic, with some sharp fret ends and a high 11th fret that causes some buzz on the plain strings when digging in. It’s not a big or expensive job to sort these issues out, and I’m certain this is an anomaly, given the quality and attention to detail exhibited elsewhere on this guitar. The optional LR Baggs Anthem pickup system a trusted and familiar setup, and it’s natural sound and non-invasive format flatter this guitar well. It also comes with a very nice hard case as standard.

The Mayson MS3/OCE2 is a gorgeous looking instrument with a silky, dark voice that’s very evocative. It’s probably not the best choice for aggressive strummers, but more delicate stylists will love it.


Mayson Marquis Body Shape

Solid Ovangkol Top, Back and Sides

Mahogany Neck

Satin Neck Finish

Ebony Fingerboard

Click here For more information





Mud, Rain, and Rock 'n' Roll — Guitar Interactive at The Download Festival 2024 | Feature

Tom Morello on new single with his son "Soldier in the Army of Love," the last time he saw Chris Cornell & beating Simon Cowell in the charts | Interview

Marcus King on 'Mood Swings,' Collaborating with Rick Rubin and Exploring New Musical Directions | Interview

Gibson Theodore Standard | Review

Aria Pro II 714-GTR Fullerton | Review

Music Man 2024 Axis Super Sport | Review

Danelectro Fifty Niner Guitar - Gold Top | Review

Taylor Guitars 50th Anniversary GS mini Rosewood SB | Review

Music Man 2024 Axis | Review

Jackson Soloist SLA 3 | Review

PRS 2024 SE CE 24 Satin | Review

JET Guitars JT600 | Review

Third Man Hardware x Donner Triple Threat Pedal | Review

Boss Katana-Air EX Wireless Guitar Amp | Review

Cort Abstract Delta Masterpiece Series | Review

Sterling by Music Man St. Vincent Goldie | Review

Mooer Tender Octave X2 | Review

Gibson Falcon 20 1x12 Combo | Review

Godin Session T-Pro | Review

Fishman Fluence 6-String Mick Thomson Signature Pickups | Review

Glenn Hughes on Black Country Communion 'V' & Why Joe Bonamassa is "The Greatest Rock Blues Player Alive Today" | Interview

D'Addario XS Coated Electric Guitar Strings | Review

21 Bands Not to Miss at This Year's Download Festival | Feature

Nothing More's Mark Vollelunga on Embracing the "Raw" and "Real" with 'Carnal' | Interview

Eddie 9V Delivers an Electrifying and Soulful Performance at The Grace, London — May 13th 2024 | Live Review

Top magnifiercross linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram