Cort MBC-1 Matthew Bellamy Signature Guitar

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Cort MBC-1
Cort MBC-1RS
Cort MBC-1
Manufacturer Cort Guitars
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body covering Matt Black / Red Sparkle paint
Wood Body: Basswood
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood (22 frets)
Bridge Tune-O-Matic
Electronics One volume, one tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
Pickup(s) Neck: Manson Design Single Coil
Bridge: Manson Design Humbucker
Special circuits Push button kill switch


This guitar was a signature production model made in partnership between Matt Bellamy, Manson's Guitars and Cort Guitars to allow Manson guitars to be more ready available to a wider array of fans. It is based on Matt's original Matt Black, later releasing a left handed model and subsequently the MBC1-RS (Red Sparkle) - based on the Red Glitter in February 2016.

The guitar is first of a few other Manson models made in collaboration with Cort.

First announced in late 2014, it was unveiled at the NAMM show in January 2015.

The Cort MBC-1 was discontinued in late 2018 and replaced with the Manson MBM-1 Meta Series guitar, which came out in 2020.

Upgrade options

Since it's release, over time, Manson's Guitar Works released various upgrade options, along with the new models, such as Sustainiac neck pickup, Fuzz Factory Installation etc., and a Stealth Pack Upgrade - with all the hardware being replaced with all black materials, to resemble the Manson Matt Black Stealth (batch)#Manson Matt Black Stealth - #1.

The upgrade options included:

  • Custom MBC-1 volume & tone knobs (silver or black)
  • Custom MBC-1 machineheads (silver or black)
  • Sustainiac Pickup
  • Manson MBK-2 Bridge Pickup
  • Internal Fuzz Factory install
  • Stealth Pack Upgrade

Cort MBC-1 Gallery


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