Manson M1D1 Black

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Manson M1D1 Black
Kaoss Manson
Manson MB-2 SE Matthew Bellamy Signature Guitar
Manson M1D1 Black
Manufacturer Manson Guitars
Used 2006-05-132011-08-28
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body covering Matte
Wood Body Brazilian Mahogany:
Neck Birds Eye Maple:
Fingerboard: rosewood (22 frets)
Bridge Fixed
Electronics Three-way toggle pickup selector
Pickup(s) Neck: Fernandes Sustainer FSK-401
Bridge: 2× Bare Knuckle BKP92s
Special circuits
  • Fernandes Sustainer
  • X-Y Midi Screen Controller used for a Kaoss Pad


This was Matthew Bellamy's first guitar to feature an X-Y MIDI plate, able to control a number of devices, including a Korg Kaoss pad, or a Digitech Whammy etc. This feature has since been included in many of Bellamy's guitars such as the Manson Red Glitter and the Manson Black Midi. The guitar had a pair of hot P90's in the bridge position and was the first of the Matt's custom Manson's to have this configuration. This layout features also on the Manson Mirror Kaoss and on the Manson Doubleneck.

Additional Information

It is featured in music videos for "Invincible", "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" and an alternative version of " Supermassive Black Hole" (watch). It can also be seen in the Making of Uprising video.

Although it is named officially as "M1D1 Black"[1] it is better known to fans as "Kaoss Manson".


The guitar made its live debut at Radio 1's Big Weekend on the 13th May 2006. During The Resistance tour this was Matt's most used Manson. According to the Manson's Facebook page, this guitar was Matt's warm-up guitar for The 2nd Law Tour and was used in the studio while recording the Drones album.

Songs used for

Signature Model

Manson MB-2 SE Matthew Bellamy Signature Guitar


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