Manson META Series MBM-1 review

When a signature guitar belongs to the company’s owner, it’s gonna be good: Matt Bellamy's latest affordable electric rated

Manson Meta MBM-1 review
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Guitar World Verdict

Affordable, cutting-edge, with a super-comfortable neck and a kill switch for those spotlight moments, the Manson META MBM-1 is a formidable contemporary rock guitar.


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    Neck profile is so very, very comfortable.

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    Clever design and well-balanced.

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    Kill switch is a lot of fun.

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    Some very impressive rock tones.

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    The value is strong with this one.


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    A coil-split or single coil would have been a great option.

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For most of Muse’s career, frontman Matt Bellamy has played custom-built Manson electric guitars, designed and built by Hugh Manson and Tim Stark. 

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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.