Manson M1D1 Blue

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Manson M1D1 Blue
M1D1 Blue
Manufacturer Manson Guitars
Used 2019-02-22
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body covering Blue paint
Wood Body: Currently unknown
Neck: Roast flame maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood (22 frets)
Bridge Fixed with Graph-Tech Saddles
Electronics One volume, one tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
Pickup(s) Neck: Sustainiac Humbucker
Bridge: Psychopaf PF-1
Special circuits
  • X-Y Midi Screen Controller used for a built-in Whammy V circuit
  • LED Lights around entire guitar
  • On/off switch for the Whammy circuit (prototype only)


This guitar is similar to the Manson M1D1 Stealth except that it features a built-in Whammy pedal, controlled by the X-Y Screen. The whammy can be played with no external midi needed. Another difference compared to the M1D1 stealth is that the guitar features a Humbucker Sustainiac Pickup at the neck rather than a single coil and is the first Midi guitar built for Matt that features the Sustainiac Humbucker. Visually, it shares a similar appearance to the Manson TronCaster, with LED lights surrounding the edge of the guitar. A demo video, posted on Manson Guitar Works' Instagram, can be seen here.

The guitar, hardware wise, features standard tuning pegs, custom Manson aluminium tone and volume knobs and an alloy X-Y pad frame. The prototype also featured an on/off switch for the Whammy, located underneath the Sustainiac pickup. The switch was removed for the main guitar.

A photo (see gallery) of the production of this guitar together with the Manson MB-1 Blue at Manson Guitar Works leads to the asumption, that Matt got two identical guitars delivered.


This guitar first appeared at the first night of the Simulation Theory World Tour 2019 at the Toyota Center Houston gig. It was used exclusively for Break It To Me as the built-in Whammy allowed Bellamy to play the pitch-shifted solo without having to rely on a foot pedal, controlling the Whammy via the X-Y pad.

The guitar is labeled by Matt's tech as "3" and "Drop B"

Songs used for

Break It To Me

M1D1 Blue Gallery

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