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The perfect electric guitar setup

Each musician has their own playing style. Therefore, standard factory specifications will not always suit you. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How is your picking technique?
  • Are you heavy handed and use a heavy pick, or are you light handed and use left hand legato for that progressive rock style?
  • Do you find you get fret buzz when playing at normal technique or find it very uncomfortable to hold down chords for normal periods of time?
  • Are notes choking out when you bend strings in the upper register of your guitar?
  • When playing chords, are some perfectly in tune while changing position and others sound bitterly out of tune?

Achieving the perfect setup for you starts with understanding what your musical requirements are, and the limitations of your instrument. The make and model of each instrument have their own individual peculiarities, as well as mechanical and physical differences.

Take these variations into consideration:

  • String guage (thickness)
  • Tuning of open strings
  • Scale length of your instrument
  • Fretwire dimension
  • Fingerboard radius
  • String clearance at bridge
  • String clearance at nut
  • Neck relief (deliberate neck curvature)
  • String length compensation (intonation settings)
  • Flexibility of neck and soundboard
  • Right hand and left hand techniques
  • Your musical style
  • Tremolo bridge setting

Whether you are after a simple setup or a complete upgrade, our aim is to fine-tune your instrument to your playing style. If you are not sure of the condition of your prized instrument and how it should be setup, feel free to make a time for an inspection, where we can discuss your musical requirements and instruments' needs. During your visit we will inspect the instrument to see if it is in a satisfactory condition and make any necessary adjustments to bring it back to its intended factory specifications. This will suffice for general playing styles.

What is the right setup for me ?

If you are not sure of the condition of your prized instrument and how it should be setup call and make a time for an inspection. Whether if it is a Maton, Fender, Gibson, Epiphone or custom, we can discuss your instruments potential.
During your visit we will inspect the instrument to see if it is in satifactory condition and make any necessary adjustments to bring it back to its intended factory specifications for a small fee. This will suffice for general playing styles.

Matheas Electric Guitar Set-ups

Set to manufacturers recommended specifications

To Maton's factory specification
To Gibson's factory specification
To Fender's factory specification
To Gretsch's factory specification
To Ibanez's factory specification
and many many more



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