NAMM 2020: Manson debuts affordable Matthew Bellamy META Series signature guitar

Manson META MBM-1
(Image credit: Manson Guitars)

NAMM 2020: British luthier Manson Guitars has unveiled its first guitar under the leadership of new owner Matthew Bellamy: an affordable signature model for the Muse frontman.

This new electric guitar heralds the launch of the company’s META Series, which aims to bring Manson’s quality and design down to an affordable price point - so we can expect more in the future.

Manson META MBM-1

(Image credit: Manson Guitars)

Like the company’s previous MBC-1, the guitar will be built by Cort, but this time bears Manson and Bellamy’s signature on the front of the headstock, and Cort on the rear.

Available in Satin Black and Starlight Silver, the Meta Series MBM-1 features a maple neck with satin finish, as well as a basswood body, and Manson-designed bridge humbucker and new neck humbucker. And yes, a kill switch appears on the body, too.

Best of all is the price, which comes in at $899/£569 and - given the quality of Manson, Cort and Bellamy’s previous collaborations - should make this model one of the highlights of the show.

See Manson Guitar Works for more info.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.