Manson Black Midi

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Manson Black Midi
Black Midi at Seattle KeyArena 2007
Black Midi
Manufacturer Manson Guitars
Used 2007-09-092011-05-24
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body covering Satin black finish
Wood Body: Alder
Neck: Bird's Eye Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Bridge Fixed
Electronics Three-way toggle pickup selector
Pickup(s) Neck: Fernandes Sustainer FSK-401
Bridge: Manson MBK 2
Special circuits


The "Black Midi" made its debut two months after the demise of the M1D1 Mirror, and was presumably its replacement (as both have Bare Knuckle Nailbomb Humbuckers at the bridge and Fernandes Sustainers at the neck). It was the first of Matt's Mansons to be fitted with a Tronical PowerTune Automatic Guitar Tuning System.

Additional Information

This guitar was usually used for songs that aren't played on a standard tuning. It was most often tuned to Standard-C tuning (CADGBE) for Map Of The Problematique. Other tunings were Drop-D tuning (DADGBE) for Dead Star, New Born and Stockholm Syndrome, E-flat tuning (EbAbDbGbBbEb) for Fury and Starlight and Drop-D-flat tuning (DbAbDbGbBbEb) for MK Ultra. A few times it was used also in standard tuning for songs like Supermassive Black Hole and Time Is Running Out. Before it's retirement it was mostly used for Map of the Problematique only.

Although it is officially named as 'Black Midi', it is more known to fans as 'Seattle Manson'. It is also known that Matt calls it 'Auto'.


It was first used during the Seattle gig on 9th September 2007, the first night of the final US leg of the Black Holes and Revelations tour and got it's last performance in 2011.

Songs used for

Signature Model

Manson MB-1 Standard Guitar

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