INTRODUCING THE MBC-1
MATTHEW BELLAMY SIGNATURE GUITAR

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DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
PERSONALLY OVERSEEN BY

Manson Guitar Works is a well respected custom guitar builder in the U.K. that has been working with Matthew Bellamy for two decades. They have created Matthew's custom guitars and have personally overseen the development of the MBC-1.

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Every Manson Matthew Bellamy model has been designed between the artist and Hugh Manson personally. The very first collaboration was the instrument known as the “DeLorean” designed in 2001. The latest production Manson Guitar, the MBC-1 continues this partnership. To reach a new audience and price point with the MBC guitar, extensive development time and multiple prototypes were produced in conjunction with new partner Cort Guitars. A lengthy three-way dialogue between the parties led to multiple samples being produced. Each was  personally analysed and tested at the Manson Guitar Works headquarters in Great Britain under Hugh’s experienced eyes and then forwarded to the artist at each stage. Hugh personally visited the manufacturer premises to advise on the design and construction of the final version you see here now.

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KILL BUTTON

The MBC-1 features a discrete kill button allowing you to creatively expand the wide range of sounds already available.

LOCKING TUNERS

The MBC-1 is equipped with locking tuners.
These die-cast tuners assure stage-ready tuning stability.

PICKUPS

The MBC-1 is equipped with pickups developed by Manson Guitar Works especially for this guitar. The versatile setup includes a fully voiced humbucker in the bridge and a true single coil neck pickup reflecting the layout of several of Bellamy’s stage and studio custom instruments.

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Manson pickups

The MBC’s control and pickup set required extensive research and hours of exhaustive testing. The pickups needed to reflect the tone of a multitude of Manson Guitars used over the decades whilst having an identifiable sound of their own. Reflecting a favoured set up of Matt’s current stage guitars the humbucker/single coil combination was decided early on. Dozens of humbucker combinations were tried employing various custom winds and magnet structures. Once the humbucker was completed a matching neck single coil was produced to give a balanced but varied sound. The final versions were approved for their vast tone, ability to cover a variety of styles and as a reflection of the tone of the MB range. A discrete kill button allows rapid fire staccato effects without distracting from the sleek look of the guitar.



CONTROLS

The controls on the MBC-1 are simple while versatile. There is a single volume control, master tone and a three way switch. This controls the humbucker/ single coil pickup combination. It all works together with the kill button and the overall instrument design to give you a highly creative and great sounding instrument.

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Manson pickups

The MBC’s control and pickup set required extensive research and hours of exhaustive testing. The pickups needed to reflect the tone of a multitude of Manson Guitars used over the decades whilst having an identifiable sound of their own. Reflecting a favoured set up of Matt’s current stage guitars the humbucker/single coil combination was decided early on. Dozens of humbucker combinations were tried employing various custom winds and magnet structures. Once the humbucker was completed a matching neck single coil was produced to give a balanced but varied sound. The final versions were approved for their vast tone, ability to cover a variety of styles and as a reflection of the tone of the MB range. A discrete kill button allows rapid fire staccato effects without distracting from the sleek look of the guitar.

SPECS

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BODY

Body wood Basswood
Construction Bolt-on
Finish Matt black
 
 

NECK

Neck wood Hard Maple with gloss finish
Fingerboard Rosewood
Width at nut 43mm
Width at last fret 56mm
Thickness at 1st 21mm
Thickness at 12th 23mm
Radius Compound radius
Scale 25.5”
Frets 22
 
 

ELECTRONICS

Neck Pickup Manson singlecoil
Bridge Pickup Manson humbucker
Controls Master volume, master tone, 3-way pickup selector, and kill button
 
 

HARDWARE

Tuners Staggered height locking machineheads
Bridge Fully adjustable bridge and stop tailpiece
Hardware finish Chrome
 
 

OTHER

Headstock Matching matt black with Matthew Bellamy signature
Strings D’Addario
 

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