Price paid: £ 3299
Purchased from: Mansons guitar shop
Sound — 9
The sounds this guitar can produce is limitless. I haven't yet purchased the necessary midi equipment to get the kaoss pad working at home but I had a play in the guitar shop when I picked it up and it was really fun. But even without the midi the guitar sounds amazing, the sustainer with harmonic mode means you can get some really strange sounds from it. If your into Muse you can here how matt does alot of his intro and improv's with it. I've only been playing for about 4 years and am not brilliant so my ear isnt great but it sounds good to me!
Overall Impression — 9
I obviously play alot of Muse biut I like all kinds of music, from blues to metal and it works well with everything. Although it cost me my entire savings I have no regrets, it is sleek and beautiful and supprisngly light considering all the technology that is in it. I would reccomend buying it to anyone but don't expect it any time soon, mine was in the first group of 10 to be given out and it took 6 months to build after I paid the deposit.
Reliability & Durability — 9
When I spoke to the shop assisstants at Mansons the assured me that this guitar is exactly the same as how Matt has his. Not alot of signature guitars are made exactly the same but this is. Its obvious it could withstand live playing as Matt Bellamy is a very extravegant guitar player and puts most of his guitars to the test.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The finish is flawless, you can tell alot of time has been put into it. I literally cannot pick faults in it except maybe the fret board could be smoother. Some of my bends at the top of the neck are getting a little bit sticky almost. I don't know if this will smooth out once its been played more or i just need to improve my bending but it feels easier on my Strat. Apart from that it is an amazing guitar which has been built to the highest Standard.
Features — 10
Made in exeter by Hugh Manson Specs- Alder Body Birds Eye Maple Neck Rosewood Fingerboard MBK-2 Bridge Humbucker Fernandes Sustainer Humbucking Neck Pickup Fixed Bridge Gotoh 510 Machine Heads Kill Switch Volume, Tone Sustainer On/Off Switch Sustainer Harmonic/Fundamental Switch 3-way Pickup Selector Switch Manson Deluxe Logo Hard Case