Neville Kitchen was a school teacher when he married Linda May in 1969. Her father, Bill May, the founder of Maton Guitars, soon asked for some assistance. Neville joined the company to help for a short time when he soon discovered he loved the staff and the products. He remains with Maton to this day and in 1987 Linda and Neville purchased the company when Bill May retired. The couple focused on their acoustic models and in the early 2000s opened their custom shop, which continues to produce innovative and creative instruments.