The Homage is thicker than the standard A23 mat. That said, I'm not sure how much thicker. The dealer you buy the mat from would certainly have the answer though. Yes, if your cartridge is hypersensitive to VTA adjustments, you'll probably have to tweak that aspect as well. Personally I've never had a single issue with static and the stock A23 mat. Every situation and set-up is different though. A much cheaper option might be to give the Zerostat a try at about 30% the cost of the Homage mat.