Manson 7 String E Guitar

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7 String E Guitar
7 String E Guitar
7 String E Guitar
Manufacturer Manson Guitars
Used 2001–
Body type Solid
Neck joint Thru-neck
Body covering Sycamore (flamed)
Wood Body: mahogany (archtop, hollow-chambered)
Neck: maple
Fingerboard: rosewood
Bridge Fixed
Pickup(s) Custom 7-string Kent Armstrong
Special circuits
  • Mike Christian saddles
  • Toggle switch


Hugh Manson on the 7 string

"Matthew Bellamy bought that second-hand. I made it for a jazz musician as a 7-string guitar with no bridge pickup, just a neck pickup and a bridge transducer (7-string) which I had custom-made with Mike Christian saddles in it. It's an archtop, straight-though neck, hollow-chambered guitar. Matt came in to the shop and said, ‘I need a 7-string for a certain song’ and I said, ‘I've got this one here that a guy doesn't want.’ He tried it and said, ‘Yeah, that'll do’. It's a great sounding guitar and it's probably my favourite out of all of them."

According to Matt in an interview with Australian Guitar Magazine 2010, this was the first guitar he bought from Manson's guitar shop.


This guitar was only used live for Citizen Erased from 2001 til 2011, for which it was tuned to AADDGBe.

As of the beginning of The 2nd Law tour, this guitar has been used as a backup for the Manson Black 7 String. At the Oslo Telenor Arena on the 24th of July 2013, the Black 7 String malfunctioned, and this guitar was used for the first time on the tour to perform Liquid State.

It came back into use for the Drones Tour and was duplicated (Manson 7 String E Guitar 2.0) for Citizen Erased

Songs used for


On the making of the 2nd Law DVD you can see the 7 string E guitar being used to record Survival. And was possibly used to record Liquid State



  1. Guitarist (Magazine)- What all the Hullabaloo is about. [september 2002]

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