Manson Red Glitter
|Body covering||Triumph red finish, with pink glitter and holographic glitter on the body and headstock|
|Wood|| Body: Ash|
Neck: Birds-eye maple
|Electronics||One volume, one tone, 3 way pickup selector toggle|
|Pickup(s)|| Neck: Fernandes Sustainer FSK-401|
Bridge: Manson MBK 2
This guitar was built by Hugh Manson and based on the previous Mansons with the MIDI screen, such as the M1D1 Mirror, sharing the bridge pickup of the M1D1 and the sustainer system of the Kaoss Manson, but with a "glam" look.
Said Hugh Manson of the guitar, "Matt said he wanted a new guitar, and I asked him to write down what he wanted, and he wrote 'sparkles.' When I was making it, I used a, well, it was like a wheat sifter, and just put the glitter on a bit at a time, then blew off the extra. It reminded me of making Christmas cards. All I could think was, 'you've got to be kidding me. I was bad enough at this when I was young.'"
Hugh asked Matt what colour he wanted for the guitar, his response was "red" in which Hugh happened to have a tin of red paint that came with his TR4 car which was used to paint the guitar.
Official replicas of the Red Glitter, DeLorean and Seattle Manson can be bought from the Manson Guitar Works. The MB-1 range (Matt Bellamy series 1) has a starting price of £3249 for a Black basic version with no midi screen or Manson hardware. To upgrade to a Red Sparkle Finish would be an extra £200, To upgrade to a MIDI Screen would be an additional £319 so an identical one to Matt's costs £3768. To have the Alloy Machine Heads like on Matts 'Delorean and' 'Son of Delorean/Ali Top' Guitars would be an extra £189.
This guitar is featured on the "Uprising" music video.
Although it is officially named as "Red Glitter" or "Glitterati" (sometimes even "Red Sparkle"), Matt calls it "Santa", as he told in October's 2010 Australian Guitar Magazine.
- Quote from Australian Guitar Magazine:
- Interviewer: People might think that such fidgety gear wouldn’t be sturdy and hardwearing on the road – is that a misconception?
- MB: Absolutely. There’s the guitar that I call “Santa”, which Hugh calls The Glitterati – it’s the red glittery one with the Kaoss Pad in, which I use on really heavy tracks like ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ and stuff. The last few months I’ve been throwing that guitar in the air, not necessarily trying to smash it, but I’ve certainly thrown it round. I’ve thrown it against the amp. I’ve thrown it into Dom [Howard]‘s drumkit. It’s landed on its neck, on it’s side, it’s gone all over the place and the Kaoss Pad has not been affected at all. It’s got a couple of chips on the woodwork, but generally I think they’re pretty strong.
This guitar got its first outing on 26th May 2007, at the Rockhal Festival in Luxembourg.
Throughout its life it was often thrown in the air or into Dom's drums, or even stabbed in the amp by Matt. A few times the guitar was too damaged to be playable, and was sent to Hugh Manson to repair it. Here are several most noted examples:
- After the Brisbane Riverstage in Australia this guitar was thought to be out of action due to Matt violently smashing it on the stage. It was confirmed by many fans who attended, that the neck snapped clean away from the body.[source?] Nevertheless, it was used again at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in December 2007.
- At the Seattle KeyArena 2010 it was tossed by Matt and bounced off of Dom's drum riser after Stockholm Syndrome was performed. Originally it was believed that the neck snapped off the body, but it is confirmed to have just been the guitar strap that flopped up after the guitar landed. Footage of the toss can be seen here. For a view from stage left and facing Matt footage can also be viewed here.
- In the first of the two Wembley gigs in September 2010, Matt threw the guitar vertically after playing Stockholm Syndrome leaving it too damaged to be played the next gig. Footage can be seen here. The guitar was seen being repaired by Hugh on the 13th of September at Manson's and was back on the road at Vejas Arena.
Ironically after months of being chucked around by Matt, normally after the Stockholm Syndrome's outro, Glitterati finally met it's end after falling from the towers at the start of Uprising at LA Staples Center 2010-9-26 gig. The curtains dropped and snagged onto the guitar stand behind Matt. Then presumably the roadies pulled the curtain, letting fall the guitar stand where also the Doubleneck (who survived) was placed. The MB-1 Red Glitter was used as a replacement until Matt got Santa 2.0 three weeks later. Footage of guitar stand fall can be seen here (at 2m50s).
Songs used for
- Dead Star
- Butterflies and Hurricanes 
- Exogenesis: Symphony Pt. 1 Overture
- Map of the Problematique
- Micro Cuts
- MK ULTRA
- New Born
- Stockholm Syndrome
- Supermassive Black Hole
- Take a Bow
- Time Is Running Out
- Unnatural Selection
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- LadyChrispy. (2010-01-07). Muse - Seoul Olympic Park. YouTube. Retrieved 2011-01-13 from youtube.com.