True Temperament 8 String Matriarch

This is the Matriarch, named such as we believe it to be the mother of all super Strats. The theme of this guitar is a meeting of two worlds, the traditional looks of a Cello with the most modern technology available, such as the True Temperament fretting system. At the time of writing this, I believe we are currently the only UK Luthiers to offer True Temperament as an option.

The guitar features many Cello inspired features, such as the chambers and F holes, Spruce top and jet black Ebony fingerboard. A slim 5 Pc neck of Maple and Walnut provides a fast playing and stable neck. Also featuring is a custom Mother of Pearl inlay spanning the lower frets.

Hardware features include a Floyd Rose bridge, Gotoh’s top of the line 510 tuners and Seymour Duncan’s awesome Black Winter pickup set


This guitar was commissioned and customised by Vortigern, guitarist for the avant-garde metal band Lychgate. Vortigern, approached us about building an 8 string guitar with the True Temperament fretting system. All music in the said band is written on piano first and then transcribed to guitar. On recording the album 'An Antidote for the Glass Pill'  the tracks were performed on pipe organ and accompanied by the band. Due to the organ vs. guitar combination, it is said that the tuning and intonation issues of a normal guitar were occasionally cause for a headache during the recording sessions. So, as a way forward, not only will the true temperament guitar remove these issues, but also expand the octave range of the guitar in order that there will be greater flexibility during transcriptions from keyboard to guitar.

After the guitar was complete he had this to say about the results and about Manton Customs: "It was almost surreal to finally play a guitar with such accurate intonation everywhere on the fretboard. I would press a key on my keyboard and find the corresponding note on the guitar, and find a very pleasing-to-the-ear relationship. There was no more tuning oscillation to be heard in the third "G" string (as is the case with most guitars) and no buzz anywhere on the fretboard; even on the first fret, bottom string. The action is exactly as I like it and I think we also couldn't have chosen our string gauge any better.

Working with Manton Customs has been a positive experience from start to finish. Nothing was ever too much trouble and all my concerns at every step of the building process were answered by the kind of luthier that really knows his job. This guitar is the model I have waited for in the back of my mind for a very long time, and it is truly given me back the passion and inspiration that I need. I'm now looking forward to pushing myself as a musician to the next level with a truly reliable and greatly engineered instrument."

The build progress of this guitar can be viewed on our Facebook page

The build progress of this bass can be viewed on our Facebook page

Features Overview

8 String

27" scale

True Temperament

Bolt On

Mahogany Body

Thick AAA Carved Spruce top

5 Pc Maple and Black Walnut Neck

Matching Spruce Head Plate

AAA Grade Ebony Fingerboard

Large Inlay Spanning Lower Frets

F Holes


Floyd Rose Bridge

Seymour Duncan Black Winter Pickup Set

CTS Pots

Gotoh 510 Tuners

Schaller Strap Locks

Please remember, any of our models can be specified with a different number of strings, scale length, frets, pickups or anything else for that matter! Also we offer the option for you to design your very own unique guitar or bass with your own body shape and specifications.

Lychgate guitarist Vortigern with his True Temperament Matriarch 8 string by MantonCustoms. Band website:


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