Mateus Asato Guitar Gear
You might not know who Mateus Asato is or even singer/songwriter Tori Kelly, who he’s out on the road with but Pete Thorn recently said about him: “He could be a Jeff Beck or Hendrix for the next generation – I believe he’s that good. ” That’s probably the best endorsement I’ve ever read! Plus, Mateus will be appearing in a forthcoming Tim and Pete Guitar Show, keep checking Pete’s FaceBook.
Born in Brazil, Mateus’ passion for guitars started at an early age. Aged 15, he entered a local guitar contest, and created a lot of interest in his playing abilities thanks to his maturity and consistency on the guitar.
After constant practice and gigging with local small bands in Brazil, Mateus decided to follow his dreams and advance his education in the US at Musician Institute. His influences travel from the most influential guitar players such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Jeff Beck to new blistering names like Philip Sayce, Richie Kotzen and John Mayer. While currently on the road with super-star in-the-making Tori Kelly, Mateus is very active on social media including Facebook and Youtube. He is also writing and producing his own music while inspiring guitarists through clinics and online courses.
While well known for playing Suhr guitar, Mateus has a fine collection of guitars. His current main guitar is a Suhr Classic Antique in pink. This is a strat style guitar with a humbucker in the bridge position. He has a Suhr Classic T (telecaster style guitar) for funker songs and a Suhr Classic Pro (another strat style). Sometimes, Mateus will use his Gibson Les Paul Supreme and a Taylor acoustic electric.
Moving on to Mateus’ Pedaltrain pedalboard, it’s full of high end pedal but nothing that’s really weird or super unique. From the guitar the signal runs into a TC Electronics Polytune mini, then into a Wampler Ego compressor. Next up are a couple of overdrive pedals from Bondi Effects. First is the Bondi Effects Del Mar Overdrive and then the Bondi Effects Sick As. It looks like a Eventide H9 is next which feeds a Eventide Timefactor Delay and lastly a Strymon BigSky Reverberator. Again nothing out there in terms of pedal choices, just a good selection which covers everything you’ll need on a pop gig.
As a Suhr endorsee, Mateus uses a Suhr Bagder 30 amp. He’s also well known Bogner user with a Bogner Goldfinger 45 amp and a Bogner Duende 2×12 amp in his collection. On his pedalboard, there’s no amp switcher or ABY, so he must be running amps fairly clean.
Getting that Mateus Asato Guitar Sound
His basic tone is a cleanish amp on the edge of break up, which pleasantly overdrives when dug into. Pedals are used to colour the guitar’s sound rather than dramatically alter it. Mateus clearly has spent a lot of time practising, jamming and trying to educate himself how to play better. If you want to sound like him, start listening to Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix and keep watching his Youtube channel!