Manson Black Midi

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Manson Black Midi
Black Midi at Seattle KeyArena
Manson MB-1 Standard Guitar
Black Midi
Manufacturer Manson Guitars
Used 2007-09-09
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body covering Satin black finish
Wood Body: Alder
Neck: Bird's Eye Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Bridge Fixed
Pickup(s) Neck: Fernandes Sustainer FSK-401
Bridge: Manson MBK 2
Special circuits


Black Midi made its debut two months after the demise of the M1D1 Mirror, and is presumably its replacement (as both have Bare Knuckle Nailbomb Humbuckers at the bridge and Fernandes Sustainers at the neck). It is the first of Matt's Mansons to be fitted with a Tronical PowerTune Automatic Guitar Tuning System.

Additional Information

This guitar is usually used for songs that aren't played on a stardad tuning. It is most often tuned to Standard-C tuning (CADGBE) for song 'Map Of Problematique'. Other tunings are DADGBE (for songs Dead Star, New Born and Stockholm Syndrome), EbAbDbGbBbEb (for songs Fury and Starlight) and DbAbDbGbBbEb (for song MK Ultra). Few times it was used also in standard tuning (For songs Supermassive Black hole and Time Is Running Out).

Although it is officially named as 'Black Midi', it is more known to fans as 'Seattle Manson'. It is also known that Matt calls it 'Auto'.

Official replicas of the Black Midi, Delorean and Glitterati Manson can be bought from the Manson online store. The MB-1 range (Matt Bellamy series 1) has a starting price of £3199 for a Black basic version, Midi screen is an additional £300 and custom machine heads an additional £250


It was first used during the Seattle gig on 9th September 2007, the first night of the final US leg of the Black Holes and Revelations tour.

Songs used for


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