Manson shares details of new Strat-style guitar used onstage by Matt Bellamy

The musician has been sporting the mysterious model during Muse’s current tour.

Matt Bellamy using Manson prototype during Muse's Will of The People tour

Image: Kevin Mazur/Getty

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Manson Guitar Works has shared details about the mysterious new double-cut model currently being used by Matt Bellamy during Muse’s Will of the People tour.

The guitar company, which is owned by Bellamy, shared a close-up image of the axe on its Instagram page on Tuesday (28 February) and provided some details on the peculiar design.

According to the post, the company received an influx of questions about the guitar, which began when Bellamy debuted the model onstage during Muse’s ongoing tour.

“Here’s Matt Bellamy’s new S-prototype guitar we just completed for the new shows,” it stated in the caption.

“A classic design with a few Manson refinements and some custom pickups. Finished in the gorgeous Desert Sunburst. Everyone on the team had a hand building this beauty!”

It can be assumed that a large part of the intrigue was caused by the Stratocaster-style body on the new prototype. This is because, up until now, the musician has almost exclusively used Telecaster-style models. Could this suggest that some more iconic designs may also be in development?

For now, further details remain scarce and Manson Guitar Works has yet to add the prototype to its website.

That being said, the brand cleared up some further details about the axe in the original post. Responding to several fan comments, the company confirmed that the official name of the S model is still a work in progress, as the prototype was only completed a couple of weeks ago.

Additionally, the comment section confirms that the guitar sports some custom pickups, a blue mirror pickguard – used to represent the colours from the Will of the People artwork – and a jackplate used to make it look more like a traditional Stratocaster.

Find out more about Manson’s current range on the brand’s website.

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