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Manson Carbon
Manson Carbon
Manufacturer Manson Guitars
Used 2012-08-12 2014-04-19
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body covering Carbon fibre
Wood Body: Ash
Neck: Birds Eye Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood (22 frets)
Bridge Tune-O-Matic
Electronics One volume, one tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
Pickup(s) Neck: Seymour Duncan single coil pickup (previously Fernandes Sustainer FSK-401)
Bridge: P90 pickup (previously Manson MBK-2)
Special circuits


This guitar appeared on the Muse Twitter Account on 9th August 2012. This guitar is, aside from a few others, Matt's only Manson custom guitar not to have any internal effects or controllers.

The guitar had to match a specific weight requirement (around 2.4kg) so multiple holes were drilled into the body, neck, hardware to reach the target weight - similar to the rebuilt Manson Mirror 2.0. This was one of six other Manson guitars created by Hugh Manson for Bellamy in 2012.

The Bridge pickup was changed to a P90 pickup (presumably Manson MBK-1) before the 2012 London Roundhouse gig.

Before the Birmingham gig, it was fitted with a single coil Seymour Duncan pickup in place of the Fernandes Sustainer.

This guitar was replaced by the Manson Matt Black Stealth.


Although the debut of this guitar was during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the guitar was not actually played. It is quite clear throughout the footage that all instrumentation was mimed, making this also one of the few times Muse have mimed sensibly.

Songs used for

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