Customer Testimonials


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I rarely get anyone to work on my guitars..maybe I don't like change...BUT when I do, Jim is one of the few people I trust. He recently worked his magic on my favourite 1940's archtop, bringing it back to's an absolute joy to play now!
And when it comes to intonation issues, Jim is an expert. 
I reckon I'm lucky to have him around




the_drones.jpgAfter about 600 shows and countless recordings and rehearsals my two Jaguars and Fiona's Jazz Bass were almost unplayable. So I took them down to Jim along with a '75 Martin D28 that hadn't had a set up in the time I'd owned it and was kinda hard work to play.
Jim did a great job of resuscitating the Jaguars. They were almost laughable(one had flown from Berlin to Sydney unprotected in a qantas made garbage bag and had been badly smashed up) when he got them but now they are A1 sexy machines that'll easily take another 10 years of use before they need a tune-up.
The Jazz Bass now plays like it did when we found it and records DI'd like a dream after Jim rewound the bridge pickup and tweaked the neck.
And the Martin D28 is off the hook. It's 100 times easier on the left hand, doesn't buzz anymore, stays in tune all the way up the neck and probably costs about $1500 more now that Jim has worked on it.
Jim rules at his job!!!!!!!!
Gareth Liddiard.


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Airbourne and managment would like to thank Jim "The Guitar Messiah" at Matheas Guitars.



Stephen Magnusson


test_stevem.jpgHaving known and worked with Jim Matheas for over ten years I would thoroughly recommended his craftsmanship and expertise.
Over this ten year period Jim has repaired, serviced and built guitars for me and is always constantly perfecting his skills and always eager to find out "What the player needs!" Keep it up Jim!!

Stephen Magnusson




test_spiderb.jpgJanet and myself have been fans of Jim's for years. He listens to our feedback regarding work to be carried out on our instruments with refreshing enthusiasm and always has plenty of supportive and constructive suggestions.

We keep coming back because we find the quality of his work on our 'axes of passion' to be beyond our expectations.

The most logical explanation for this consistency of excellence, would have to be put down to the fact that Jim loves his work and is utterly passionate about doing justice to artists and their instruments.

Cheers to that!

I'm proud to say that in 2004 the band had our first number 1 in Australia . Our guitars were treated with Jim's loving expertise just weeks before the album was recorded. I'm not saying that Jim's work will guarantee anybody a #1, I'm saying that Jim's work IS number 1!

Know what I'm sayin'?

Cheers Jim!


Magic Dirt


Before we took our guitars to Jim, recording was a nightmare. We just couldn't get the guitars in tune with themselves, especially when we began to layer the tracks.

Jims work is First Class!
His attention to detail and knowledge of the guitar is awesome.
We love you Jim and highly recommend him to anyone!

In memory of the recent passing of Dean Turner, musician and gentleman, Rest in Peace


Travelling Fingerpicker


Jim's making great guitars. They look good, sound good, and are really player friendly. An overall attention to detail. I found the "Brazilian Rosewood guitar" to have a lovely balanced sound and very nice projection. It responded well to the unique demands of fingerpicking and I was able to draw from it a wide expressive range and a variety of tones.

They're the things I look for most in a guitar and the Matheas had it !

Travelling Fingerpicker


Sam Lemann


As a busy professional guitarist I've been using Jim Matheas to carry out repairs and modifications to various instruments for the past 7 years.

Ive always been extremely pleased with his standard of work and the manner in with he conducts his business.

His quotes have been accurate and realistic and on many ocassion has adjusted his busy schedule to fit in an emergency repair for me.

I often recommend Jims services to guitarist colleagues and will continue to do so in the future.


Neville Kitchen



To whom it may concern,
I have known Jim Matheas for 10 years. During that time Jim has been operating his own repair business & has been both making and repairing instruments. He has always endeavored to increase his knowledge & work on upgrading his skills.

Jim is extremely diligent & I would have no hesitation in recommending him.

Neville Kitchen
Managing Director, Maton Guitars


Ben Edgar

test_benedgar.jpgJim's world class skills as a guitar luthier and technician put him in a league of his own. Jim has a deep understanding of both electric and acoustic guitars, and takes the time to discover the unique stylistic requirements and playing style of his clients in order to achieve the perfect setup with no compromise. It's nice to that Jim cares about the playability and tone of my instruments as much as I do!!"

Ben Edgar


Matt Kirsch

test_mattk_cd.jpgJim Matheas is a master craftsman who understands the many facets of guitar building, setting-up and playing. He sets up guitars for optimum performance according to your playing style, preferences and characteristics of the instrument. Jim did a beautiful job installing a Bartolini pickup on my Carson-Crickmore arch-top and re-doing the neck for optimum playability. He has since worked on most of my guitars, radically improving playability, evenness and tone.

Matt Kirsch


Chris Gates

Hi Jim,

Firstly I must admit, I honestly didn't think that spending much on the two Cole Clarks I had would do any good. And thankfully, you have proven me wrong.

I just plugged the tele in at work, and all I can say is WOW! I'm hearing tones that I never imagined would be obtained from this guitar. The front and middle settings have come alive! I'm getting amazing rhythm sounds that simply weren't there prior to set-up.

As for the acoustic - man that thing sounds like a totally different guitar now....can't wait to record it.

From this point on I will be recommending your services to anyone who wants to have a guitar sound the way it should! In tune, balanced and tonefull.


Production Manager


Tim Foulkes

To whom it may concern,

I have always been very happy with the work Jim Matheas has done in my guitars. He is very dedicated to his work and takes pride in his results. Jim works with precision and care, I am always confident that things will be done properly. I feel safe with the wellbeing and playability of my instruments being his responsibility.

Tim Foulkes.


Duncan Stuart

Hi Jim,

Just thought I'd drop you a line to say thanks for the work you did to my Rickenbacker last week. The workmanship was second to none and it has given my guitar a new lease of life.

As you will remember, I was very concerned about who I could entrust my favourite guitar and after some searching and recommendation I was given your details.

Any concerns I had, disappeared after our first appointment and I was most impressed that you actually do arrange times with clients so as to make appointments unrushed.

You have been a pleasure to deal with and as I mentioned on Monday I will be bringing my other guitars to you progressively for attention.

All the best for the future, and keep up the good work.

Kind regards
Duncan Stuart
9 th March 2006


David Barnes

I'm a bit of a guitar collector, mainly interested in European 1960's items like Burns, Watkins, Selmer, Hagstrom etc. but anything a little odd is of interest.

Over the past few years I've been presenting Jim with strange old rescued relics which need repair, or respray or electrical work and never of course any makers recommendations or wiring diagrams.

Jim's always managed the task, no ter what and done it in what I'd call a "Craftman" fashion, as opposed to just getting it done.

From excellent refinishes to perfect intonation on items that weren't exactly perfect in the first place, Jim's always given a sensible number of options along with good esties of cost and has always come back to me if anything wasn't in line with what we'd agreed.

I'm very happy to recommend Jim's skills and enthusiasm to anyone.

Yours Sincerely,
David Barnes


A partial list of recording artist's that have used my services:

  • Augie March
  • Airbourne
  • Apodimi Kompania
  • Architecture in Helsinki
  • Beaten By Them
  • Eric Bibb
  • Blue Ruin
  • Carbine
  • Cat Empire
  • Catnip
  • Crunch
  • Dear Stalker
  • Frank Di Sario
  • Sergio Ercole
  • Gipsy Crims
  • Paul Gadsby
  • Inka Marka
  • Jack Jones
  • Matt Kirsch
  • Sam Lemann
  • Robbie Little
  • Luas Michailidis
  • Phil McKenna
  • Magic Dirt
  • Stephen Magnusson
  • James McCann
  • Musiki Manjaro
  • Neon
  • Order of Chaos
  • Rolling Blackouts
  • Anna Scionti
  • CW Stoneking
  • Mark Sinton
  • Snag
  • Spiderbait
  • Steely Dan (Jon Herington)
  • Tim Thomas
  • The BlowFlies
  • The Camels
  • The Dirty Three
  • The Diddley Daddys
  • The Drones
  • The Fakes
  • The Four Noels
  • The Level Spirits
  • The Morning Birds
  • The Scared Little Weird Guys
  • Those Bloody McKenna's
  • Twelve Tone Diamonds
  • Violent Femmes
  • Matt Walker
  • Bruce Williams
  • We will rock you (Queen Musical)
  • Xavier and the Hum
  • Jim Yamouridis

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