See Matt Bellamy's new S-type Manson guitar in action onstage with Muse

A new unspecified S-type Manson Guitar Works model
(Image credit: Manson Guitar Works / Instagram)

As Muse's Will Of The People world tour continues this month in the US, Matt Bellamy has been road-testing a brand new Manson Guitar Works model – one of the perks of both being the highest profile endorsee and owner of the UK company.

The Strat-style double-cut electric guitar is a bold step forwards and has been put to use for shimmery delayed clean parts in the song Verona. 

Manson Guitar Works haven't been shy about showing it up close either and offered some details the guitar and its spec with an Instagram post last week. 

The company describes the Desert Sunburst guitar as "a classic design with a few Manson refinements and some custom pickups". 

Pickups are neck and middle single coils with a stacked bridge pickup designed by Manson's Simon Thorn. There's also a Gotoh 510 vibrato and to the rear of the body there's a carved belly cut for comfort. A blue mirrored scratchplate references the reflective masks that the band have worn in a part of this tour's live show. 

With the alder body model become a production guitar? It's said to be on the cards. 

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.