Manson Matt Black Stealth (batch)

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This is a series of almost identical Manson guitars that Matt has been using since March 2015. Like all 2015 guitars built by Manson's, these guitars feature a truss rod adjuster that is placed just below the end of the neck and a slightly different bridge compared to the old Matt Blacks. Matt has been throwing these guitars around quite a bit during the Drones world tour, so many of these guitars now have scuffs, dents, and some even more than that!

Manson Matt Black Stealth - #1

Manson Matt Black Stealth - #1
Manson Matt Black Stealth # 1 at in 2015
Matt Black Stealth - #1
Manufacturer Manson Guitars
Used 2015-03-15
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body covering Matte Black paint
Wood Body: Mahogany
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood (22 frets)
Bridge Gotoh Tune-O-Matic 501
Electronics One volume, one tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
Pickup(s) Neck: Fernandes Sustainer FSK-401
Bridge: Manson MBK-2 (Uncovered)
Special circuits

Background

This guitar is exactly the same like the Matt Black 2.0 #1 & #2, except it features black hardware and anodised black custom knobs and machineheads.

At some point around mid-2015 this guitar got a new neck that has the new Manson logo instead of the old one, and features blackened normal tuning pegs and silver truss rod adjusters.

It also appears that some time before the La Cigale gig, Matt got the Sustainer replaced with a Sustainiac and installed a Fishman TriplePlay Guitar Synthesizer Driver on the guitar for 2018 performances of The Dark Side and subsequently Pressure and one performance Plug in Baby. He later ditched the guitar for a Manson Prophet Stealth.

Touring

This guitar first appeared at the Belfast Ulster Hall on the opening night of the 2015 Psycho Tour. It was used for songs tuned down half a step from standard tuning (Eb tuning).

After this guitar was initially for Rig A, it was seen back in Rig B (Europe Rig) for the Le Grand Journal show in 2015, and also appeared during festival shows.

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Manson Matt Black Stealth - #2 & #3

Manson Matt Black Stealth #2
Damaged Manson Matt Black Stealth #2
Matt Black Stealth - #2
Manufacturer Manson Guitars
Used 2015-05-232016-04-15
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body covering Matte Black paint
Wood Body: Alder
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood (22 frets)
Bridge Gotoh Tune-O-Matic
Electronics One volume, one tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
Pickup(s) Neck: Sustainiac
Bridge: Manson MBK-2 (Uncovered)
Special circuits
Matt Black Stealth - #3
Manufacturer Manson Guitars
Used 2015-05-23
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body covering Matte Black paint
Wood Body: Alder
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood (22 frets)
Bridge Gotoh Tune-O-Matic
Electronics One volume, one tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
Pickup(s) Neck: Sustainiac
Bridge: Manson MBK-2 (Uncovered)
Special circuits

Background

These two guitars are exactly the same as the #1, except that they feature a Sustainiac instead of a Fernandes Sustainer.

At some point during the The Drones World Tour 2015/16 both guitars got new necks with standard tuners instead of the custom machineheads. Both guitars feature the old Manson logo.

One of these two guitars was damaged by Matt at the O2 Arena show in London on 15th April 2016, and then auctioned by the Helen Foundation.

Touring

Both guitars were first used at the BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend gig.

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Manson Matt Black Stealth - #4 & #5

Manson Matt Black Stealth #4
Manson Matt Black Stealth #5
Matt Black Stealth - #4
Manufacturer Manson Guitars
Used 2015-06-14
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body covering Matte Black paint
Wood Body: Mahogany
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood (22 frets)
Bridge Gotoh Tune-O-Matic
Electronics One volume, one tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
Pickup(s) Neck: Sustainiac
Bridge: Manson MBK-2 (Uncovered)
Special circuits
Matt Black Stealth - #5
Manufacturer Manson Guitars
Used 2015-06-28
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body covering Matte Black paint
Wood Body: Mahogany
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood (22 frets)
Bridge Gotoh Tune-O-Matic
Electronics One volume, one tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
Pickup(s) Neck: Sustainiac
Bridge: Manson MBK-2 (Uncovered)
Special circuits

Background

These two guitars are a bit different to #1, #2 and #3. They feature a Sustainiac, a silver truss rod adjuster, black custom tone and volume knobs, and standard blackened tuning pegs. They both have the new Manson's logo on the headstock.

The #4 has white stickers for the controls of the sustaniac, whereas the #5 has black stickers.

Touring

The #4 debuted at Orange Warsaw Festival 2015 (#4) and at the #5 debuted at Wrechter festival 2015.

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Manson Matt Black Stealth - #6 & #7

Manson Matt Black Stealth #6 und #7 with three other new guitars
Matt Black Stealth - #6
Manufacturer Manson Guitars
Used November 2015
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body covering Matte Black paint
Wood Body: Mahogany
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood (22 frets)
Bridge Gotoh Tune-O-Matic
Electronics One volume, one tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
Pickup(s) Neck: Sustainiac
Bridge: Manson MBK-2 (Uncovered)
Special circuits
Matt Black Stealth - #7
Manufacturer Manson Guitars
Used 2016-
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body covering Matte Black paint
Wood Body: Mahogany
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood (22 frets)
Bridge Gotoh Tune-O-Matic
Electronics One volume, one tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
Pickup(s) Neck: Sustainiac
Bridge: Manson MBK-2
Special circuits

Background

These two guitars are nearly the same as the #4 and #5. Only the knobs are silver instead of black, and the truss rod adjuster is black instead silver. Both feature the new Manson logo on the headstock.

The #6 has an uncovered MBK-2 pickup whereas the #7 has an covered MBK-2 pickup.

Both guitars were delivered with the two Manson Holoflake guitars and the Manson M1D1 Stealth #2 guitar in October 2015.

Touring

Both guitars debuted at some point during the first part of the Drones World Tour 2015/16.

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