Legendary UK guitar store Mansons Guitar Shop to close after 31 years

Mansons Guitar Shop
(Image credit: Mansons Guitar Shop)

The famous Mansons Guitar Shop in Exeter, England, is to close its doors after 31 years, during which time it sold gear to the likes of John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl and Matt Bellamy of Muse, who would become a co-owner of Manson Guitar Works in 2019 and help steer its electric guitar design.

The Mansons Guitar Shop was formed by Hugh Manson, Adrian Ashton and Jay Henson over three decades ago, and has been a mainstay of the UK’s gear retail scene since. According to Mansons legend, they first convened in the pub and like any self-respecting entrepreneurs they wrote the business plan down on the back of a beer mat.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.