Manson Meta MBM-2 P-90 and MBM-2SF review

We take a look at two new Matt Bellamy guitars built on an identical platform, but with very different offerings – one even comes equipped with a Sustainiac and onboard Fuzz Factory circuit

Manson Meta MBM-2
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

The P-90 MBM-2 makes the MBM platform more versatile still while the MBM-2SF offers something off-the-charts crazy, with onboard Sustainiac and Z.Vex Fuzz Factory circuitry something unheard of on a production line guitar at this price.


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    Two top-quality electrics that expand the MBM appeal.

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    Solid value.

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    The MBM-2SF has onboard Fuzz Factory and Sustaniac.


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    How do you choose between them?

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“The Meta series don’t always have all the electronics built-in, but I’m hoping that if our collaboration with Cort goes deeper, we might be able to get some guitars with some of the more special effects stuff built-in.” That’s what Matt Bellamy told us when we spoke to him back in 2020. Two years on, and the Muse frontman-turned-guitar-brand-director has clearly settled into his role off-stage. 

Manson Guitar Works enlisted the help of Cort Guitars to carry out the build of its first affordable design, the MBC-1 in 2015. Next came the Meta MBM-1, and now we arrive at the latest updates in the Matt Bellamy signature guitar range, the Meta MBM-2. There are four models on offer: the neck P-90 loaded MBM-2, humbucker/Sustainiac-equipped MBM-2S, the Z.Vex Fuzz Factory-loaded MBM-2F, and the top-level MBM-2SF with a Sustainiac and a Fuzz Factory built in! 

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Stuart Williams

Stuart is a freelancer for Guitar World and heads up Total Guitar magazine's gear section. He formerly edited Total Guitar and Rhythm magazines in the UK and has been playing guitar and drums for over two decades (his arms are very tired). When he's not working on the site, he can be found gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.