Customer Testimonials

Handmade Guitars

  • Photo 1 of 50Matheas D Style Custom Cutaway Acoustic Guitar

    Sitka Spruce/Rosewood

  • Photo 2 of 50Matheas D Style Custom Acoustic Guitar w Cutaway

    Dovetailed Mahogany neck with bound Ebony fretboard and Abalone position dots

  • Photo 3 of 50Matheas D style Custom with Venetian Cutaway

    Rosewood binding with maple pinstripe purfling

  • Photo 4 of 50Matheas Custom Guitar

    Hand cut Abalone logo in Brazilian Rosewood

  • Photo 5 of 50Reinforced Mahogany Headstock

    Ebony buttons on Deluxe Gotoh tuners

  • Photo 6 of 50Custom neck shape

  • Photo 7 of 50Matheas Custom Cutaway Acoustic Guitar

    Pinless bridge and custom saddle with Feiten intonation system

  • Photo 8 of 50Feiten intonation on pinless bridge

  • Photo 9 of 50Matheas Custom Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

    Sitka Spruce/African Mahogany

  • Photo 10 of 50Matheas Custom Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

  • Photo 11 of 50Matheas Custom Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

  • Photo 12 of 50Matheas Custom Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

  • Photo 13 of 50Matheas Custom Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

    Recycled African Mahogany 100 years

  • Photo 14 of 50Matheas Custom Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

  • Photo 15 of 50Hand polishing Nitro cellulose finish

  • Photo 16 of 50Completed high gloss Nitro Cellulose finish

  • Photo 17 of 50Completed high gloss finish

  • Photo 18 of 50Matheas Concert Classical

    Rosewood/Cedar, French polished with shellac varnish

  • Photo 19 of 50Matheas Concert Classical

    Assisting in tone the French polished shellac varnish is 0.02mm (0.0008") thick.

  • Photo 20 of 50French Polishing process of Matheas Classical

  • Photo 21 of 50veneers for mosaics

    Satinbox and Ebony

  • Photo 22 of 50Bending Herringbone

  • Photo 23 of 50Making the Rosette

    Inlaying designs made from natural woods

  • Photo 24 of 50Completed Wheatsheaf rosette

    Holly,Maple,Rosewood,Jarrah

  • Photo 25 of 50Matheas Traditional Classical Rosette

    Rosewood, Holly,Silky Oak,Maple

  • Photo 26 of 50Matheas Spalted Rosette

    Ebony,Holly,Maple,Satinbox,Paduak,Spalted Blackwood

  • Photo 27 of 50Matheas Spalted Rosette

    Ebony,Holly,Maple,Satinbox,Paduak,Spalted Blackwood

  • Photo 28 of 50Matheas Spalted Rosette

    Ebony,Holly,Maple,Satinbox,Paduak,Spalted Blackwood

  • Photo 29 of 50Hide Glue, assisting in achieving tonal clarity

  • Photo 30 of 50Hand bending Rosewood waist on Jumbo model

  • Photo 31 of 50Installing side reinforcment on Jumbo Model

  • Photo 32 of 50Matheas Jumbo soundbox

  • Photo 33 of 50Installing end graft wedge

  • Photo 34 of 50Glueing Purflings

  • Photo 35 of 50Fretboard surfacing

  • Photo 36 of 50Fret milling with string tension simulation jig

  • Photo 37 of 50Highly figured Rosewood side set

    circa 1962 pre CITES

  • Photo 38 of 50Aged Rosewood circa 1962 pre CITES

  • Photo 39 of 50Rosewood Bridge Material

    Recycled from old table legs

  • Photo 40 of 50Mastergrade soundboards

    Splitting wedges for straightest grain longest fibres and increased strength

  • Photo 41 of 50Trade Mark Logo

  • Photo 42 of 50Headstock crown marked to be cut out

  • Photo 43 of 50Cedar Classical Guitar Neck

    Wedge cut to accept well fitting sides

  • Photo 44 of 50Glueing of struts

  • Photo 45 of 50Cedar struts layed out on Rosewood Back

  • Photo 46 of 50Classical sides scraped

  • Photo 47 of 50Matheas Classical soundbox showing fan strut layout

  • Photo 48 of 50soundbox ready to be assembled

  • Photo 49 of 50Classical soundbox

  • Photo 50 of 50Matheas Custom Electric Guitar

 

My guitars are inspired by the master made Spanish and American models I love.

The magic lies within the selected tonewoods.

I extract the most from the material by arriving at an ideal balance of strength, mass and harmonic relationships.

Continually I listen, measure and adjust.

This produces a guitar that is extremely responsive to a musicians touch, allowing you to coax a wide variety colours of sound.

Finally, I calibrate my guitars to obtain even playability and accurate intonation over the entire fretboard.

The audio/video samples help demonstrate these qualities in the hands of some of Melbourne's finest musicians.

 

Audio/Video samples

Acoustic Guitar Models

  • Concert 
  • D Style 
  • J Style

Classical Guitar Models 

  •  Concert in Cedar/ Rosewood
  •  Concert in Spruce/ Rosewood

 

 

 

 



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