“The light weight, raw resonance and superb playability more than tick the working guitar box”: Manson Guitar Works Verona Junior review

The latest release from Matt Bellamy’s guitar brand is a single-pickup workhorse that comes in two body shapes with uncompromised playability and sound at an aggressive price. Prepare to be impressed

Manson Guitar Works Verona Junior
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

When a guitar plays and sounds as good as this one, it’s a little hard to be objective... Our only dilemma would be which body style to go for. But having played both, we wouldn’t let that worry you too much. Either style sounds superb.


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    Excellent craft.

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    Good weight, great neck.

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    Playability matched by great dual sounds of the humbucker. Comes with a Mono Sleeve gigbag…


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    Some might prefer a tone control instead of the kill-button.

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What’s this? Is Manson Guitar Works celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Gibson Les Paul Junior? No, clearly not, but that ‘Junior’ moniker is applied to many single-pickup guitars and that’s the proposition here. 

The new Manson Junior comes in the brand’s classic modern T-style MA shape and the new Verona outline we have here, obviously based on the Stratocaster and a request from Manson majority shareholder Matt Bellamy

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.