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Try Before You Buy Setups

At Matheas Guitars we understand that there are many options to consider when getting a guitar setup. This is something that I recognize. In order to help you decide what setup best suits you I have 'Try before you buy'. This is a series of dedicated guitars setup with the most popular or commonly used setups, in order to help you decide what setup suits your playing style the best. In addition we have designated guitars with interchangeable pickup modules that can be tried with a wide selection of amps such as a Vintage Moody Vibralux, Soldano, Fender Twin, Fender Bassman and a Marshall Superlead.

Trial Guitars

Guitar Type Superstrat with floyd rose tremolo
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This guitar is set up for those of you who like to play fast difficult passages with the least resistance, without any choking of the notes when you bend strings. It is set up to execute fast alternate picking, legato, two-handed tapping and sweeping lines. This type of setup would be common for players such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Allan Holdsworth, Shawn Lane , Carlos Santana and Eddie Van Halen.
Musical Style Lowest action shred style (Steve Vai)
String Gauge 9 to 42
Tuning(low to High) E A D G B E
Fretwire Dimension Jumbo(6000)
Fretboard Radius 16 inches or greater
Action(12 th Fret) High E 1 mm
Action(12 th Fret) Low E 1.2 mm
Action( nut) High E 0.15 mm
Action( nut) Low E 0.22 mm
Neck Relief Straight



Guitar Type Strat Style
TRY_ Strat Style 02.jpg This guitar is set up for players that like the setup and sound of a more traditionally set up guitar, but prefers the action to be a little bit lower than factory specifications. This type of setup enables you to play fast , difficult passages , and bend notes without the worry of notes choking or being inaudible , while keeping a more traditional feel to the guitar.
Musical Style Low Rock
String Gauge 10 to 46
Tuning(low to High) E A D G B E
Fretwire Dimension Standard Gibson
Fretboard Radius 20 inches compound
Action(12 th Fret) High E 1.2 mm
Action(12 th Fret) Low E 1.6 mm
Action( nut) High E 0.23 mm
Action( nut) Low E 0.45 mm
Neck Relief 0.25 mm at 9 th fret
               
Guitar Type Vintage Strat style
TRY_ Vintage Strat.jpg This guitar is set to the recommended Fender factory specifications.
Musical Style Fender Factory Specifications
String Gauge 10 to 46
Tuning(low to High) E A D G B E
Fretwire Dimension 2.6mm ´ 1.2mm
Fretboard Radius 9 ½ inches
Action(12 th Fret) High E 1.6 mm
Action(12 th Fret) Low E 2 mm
Action( nut) High E  
Action( nut) Low E  
Neck Relief 0.25 at 8 th fret
             
Guitar Type Gibson Les Paul
TRY_ Gibson Les Paul.jpg This guitar is set to the reccomended Gibson factory specifications.
Musical Style Gibson Factory Specifications
String Gauge 10 to 46
Tuning(low to High) E A D G B E
Fretwire Dimension 2.3mm ´ 1.3mm
Fretboard Radius 12 inches
Action(12 th Fret) High E 1.2 mm
Action(12 th Fret) Low E 2 mm
Action( nut) High E 0.4 mm
Action( nut) Low E 0.8 mm
Neck Relief 0.3 at 7 th fret
             
Guitar Type Aged Vintage Style Strat
TRY_ Aged Vintage Strat.jpg This guitar has features that are suitable for blues rock players as popularised by Stevie Ray Vaughn. It has a reshaped neck with thin worn lacquer finish similar to the feel of vintage guitars from the 60s, flattened fingerboard and refretted with jumbo fretwire so bending strings is less restrictive and easier to excecute. String pitches are tuned down to D, so the guitar takes on a voice that is thicker and darker sounding than a regular guitar tuned concert pitch. The string guages are thicker to accomadate the lower string tension associated with lowering the open string pitches. The string clearances on this type of guitar are a little higher to accomadate the dynamic picking hand from light delicate to aggressive hitting. This guitar has fender custom 54 pickups for that vintage tone. This guitar tends to suit players who prefer an aggressive style with the picking and fretting hand.
Musical Style Texas Blues
String Gauge 12 to 56
Tuning(low to High) D G C F A D
Fretwire Dimension Jumbo(6000)
Fretboard Radius 7.25 Inches to12 inches
Action(12 th Fret) High E 2 mm
Action(12 th Fret) Low E 2.8 mm
Action( nut) High E 0.3 mm
Action( nut) Low E 0.45 mm
Neck Relief 0.3 at 9 th fret



               
Guitar Type Danelectro
TRY_ Danelectro.jpg For those of you that are interested in blues slide guitar and open tunings this setup may suit you. This uses thick diameter nickel wound strings .016" to .054". The string guages are thicker to accomadate the lower string tension associated with lowering the open string pitches. The string clearances on this type of guitar are high to accomadate the dynamic picking hand and to have adequate clearance for when the metal slide is deppressed against the strings. String pitches are tuned down to D, so the guitar takes on a voice that is thicker and darker sounding than a regular guitar tuned concert pitch . This is suitable for the technique of playing vibrato with slide.
Musical Style Alternate tuning/ slide
String Gauge 16 to 56
Tuning(low to High) D A D G A D
Fretwire Dimension Jumbo (2.6*1)
Fretboard Radius 16 inch
Action(12 th Fret) High E 2.1 mm
Action(12 th Fret) Low E 3 mm
Action( nut) High E .8 mm
Action( nut) Low E 1.1 mm
Neck Relief .6 mm
                   
Guitar Type Modified Epiphone SG Tony Iommi Model
TRY_ SG.jpg For those of you that are into modern heavy music, it is commom for these bands to play guitars that are tuned well below concert pitch. To set a standard guitar tuned to low pitches requires re adjustments. String pitches are tuned down to C, which is technically Baritone tuning and falls within the range of the Bass guitar, so the guitar takes on a voice that is thicker and darker sounding than a regular guitar tuned concert pitch.It is important to substitute the strings with thicker guages to accomadate the lower string tension associated with lowering the open string pitches. The string clearances on this type of guitar are low but can be a little higher to accomadate more aggressive pickers. Modifications are sometime required to the location of nut and bridge to introduce more compensation to the strings. The bridge saddles and nut are recut to accomadate the thicker guage of strings.
Musical Style Modern Metal Low Pitch (SYL, Meshuggah, Order of Chaos)
String Gauge 13 to 58
Tuning(low to High) C G Bb F G C
Fretwire Dimension Jumbo (2.7 * 1)
Fretboard Radius 14 inch
Action(12 th Fret) High E 2
Action(12 th Fret) Low E 2.8
Action( nut) High E .5
Action( nut) Low E .8
Neck Relief .45
                   
Guitar Type Cort Acoustic Steel String w/Buzz Feiten
TRY_ Cort.jpg This is a production guitar that is set up for those of you who are used to an electric and would like to keep that same feel when playing a steel string acoustic. To establish such easy playability the frets were re seated and milled to a higher tolerance that allows adequate clearance for the string vibration pattern while the string clearances are lower than factory specifications. This is a popular request for many performing artists.
Musical Style Lower than standard
String Gauge 12 to 54
Tuning(low to High) E,A,D,G,B,E
Fretwire Dimension 2MM
Fretboard Radius 14
Action(12 th Fret) High E 1.4
Action(12 th Fret) Low E 2.4
Action( nut) High E .45
Action( nut) Low E .45
Neck Relief .2
               
Guitar Type Gurian Workshops OOO Style Acoustic
TRY_ Gurian C3C3610  S3m 010.jpg This is a fine musical instrument with a clear tone. The setup and string clearances were deliberately adjusted to enhance the radius of the round fingerboard . The higher than normal fretwire allows you to grab the string with your left hand and manipulate the notes. The saddle location has been adjusted and intonation is accurate. The adjustments are suitable for the tone and behaviour of the guitar and the solo acoustic fingerpicking style. There are other variations on this setup, primarily standard medium fretwire.
Musical Style Finger Picking setup
String Gauge 12 to 54
Tuning(low to High) E A D G B E
Fretwire Dimension Medium/Jumbo(2.4 1.2)MM
Fretboard Radius 7 ½
Action(12 th Fret) High E 1.6
Action(12 th Fret) Low E 2.5
Action( nut) High E .45
Action( nut) Low E .63
Neck Relief .38 at the 7 th fret
                 
Guitar Type Peter Van Ree Rosewood Flamenco
TRY_ Flamenco Conde Hermanos.jpg For traditional flamenco setup the string clearances are required to be low and evenly distributed over the entire fretboard. In addition it is essential that the strings at the bridge are close to the soundboard., no more than 9mm.This facilitates easier execution of flamenco technique, rascuedo, percussive drum sound by tapping of the soundboard with individual fingers, thumb or palm in between playing melodies and rhythms on the strings.
Musical Style Standard Flamenco Setup
String Gauge Medium
Tuning(low to High) E A D G B E
Fretwire Dimension Medium (2mm)
Fretboard Radius Flat
Action(12 th Fret) High E 2.6mm
Action(12 th Fret) Low E 2.9mm
Action( nut) High E .3mm
Action( nut) Low E .5mm
Neck Relief Straight


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