UG IQ Contest: Elixir Strings ‘Screaming E’ Custom Guitar

Here is a guitar built by British guitar makers Manson Guitar Works you can win next week.

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UG IQ Contest: Elixir Strings ‘Screaming E’ Custom Guitar

Elixir Strings, leading innovator in string coating technology has teamed up with British luthier Manson to create this top-spec custom built ‘Screaming e’ guitar, celebrating the launch of their new OPTIWEBTM Coated Electric Guitar Strings.

Gain as much UG IQ as you can during March 19th - Apr 1st and win this beauty! Read more about this contest here.

The Grand Prize in the Making

Our Elixir Strings ‘Screaming e’ guitar is being built right now for the lucky UG tab contest winner. A most beautiful custom electric guitar, hand made to highest specifications by our Devon-based guitar maker friends at Manson Guitar Works.

“The Makers of this Beauty”

Manson Guitar Works is the latest facility from internationally renowned luthier Hugh Manson.

For over four decades Hugh has produced world class premium quality guitars for some of the most respected guitar greats, combining traditional luthier skills with genuinely new and exciting technology developments. Manson Guitar Works allows musicians to express themselves like never before. Their MIDI controlled Matthew Bellamy signature guitars, multi stringed bass guitars for John Paul Jones and countless one-off creations for musicians who are not afraid to play outside the comfort zone have resulted in a great demand for Manson products. Previously only available as individual commissions, the Manson Guitar Works aims to bridge that difficult area between full scale production and a genuine hands-on luthier approach, offering a unique instrument, built with attention to detail, pride and individual service.

Guitar Specifications


One piece Spanish Cedrela


  • Birdseye Maple with Indian Rosewood Finger board
  • Mother of Pearl side dots
  • 22 Medium/jumbo frets
  • Graphtech nut


MBK-2 bridge humbucker with coil tap on tone Custom vintage hot single coil neck pickup


  • Custom ‘Screaming e’ Hardware Volume/Tone knobs Three-way toggle pickup selector Switch
  • Kill Button
  • Gotoh Chrome 510 machine heads
  • Black anodized custom ‘screaming e’ hardware pegs Gotoh Chrome Tailpiece and Adjustable Bridge Black Anodized aluminum scratch plate


Elixir Strings - New OPTIWEB Coated Electric Guitar Strings in 10-46 Gauge


Hiscox Hard Case

New Elixir OPTIWEB Coated Electric Guitar Strings

You’re an uncoated string player? Now is the time to take the challenge and try the New OPTIWEB Coating. An extremely lightweight, yet durable coating, for when you want it all: The performance of an uncoated string – that crisp tone and natural feel you love, AND the long tone-life Elixir Strings in known for. Look no further: OPTIWEB Coated Electric Guitar Strings offer you the best of both worlds.

Listen and compare for yourself here:

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    AvoidingBee7 · Mar 23, 2017 12:41 PM
    Just curious, I saw in the contest's description that staff isn't allowed to participate. What about mods?
    UGMKZ is right, UG employees are not allowed to participate, but mods and and some admins don't work here, so they can win.