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On Cort's [website](http://www.cortguitars.com/MBC1/), Matthew Bellamy can be seen with his signature Cort guitar, the MBC-1. According to [Premier Guitar](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/21757-cort-announces-official-manson-matthew-bellamy-signature-guitar), "After a productive period of research and development between the three parties, the new guitar will be based upon the official MB1-S series and features a newly designed pickup set from the Manson Guitar Works team together with a discrete kill button." Just recently, Manson posted on his [website](https://www.mansonguitarworks.com/product/cort-mbc-1-red-sparkle-matthew-bellamy-signature-model-200) a new page on this guitar but with a brand new finish: "Red Sparkle". > "Manson Guitar Works are pleased to announce a new Cort/Manson MBC-1 option, Red Sparkle finish... all set-up and final inspection is carried out in the UK from the same techs that produce the UK MB series. -Hugh Mansonmore
As a cheaper version of Matt Bellamy's personal collection of Manson guitars, you certainly get just as much satisfaction or more with the sounds that you can achieve with this guitar. As soon as I took it out of the box and held it, I knew it would be a great guitar to play. Worth the money!
Never meet your idols they say. I would very much like to meet mine and I think I'll start with buing this guitar. Don't have it yet but I really wanted to see it on my Equipboard.
Not much to say, gloss finish over a maple neck and rosewood fretboard so pretty comfortable neck. No inlays which I like. Bridge and neck pickups both sound incredible, Manson pickups of course.
I was particularly surprised with the neck pickup. I generally don't like single coils because they sound too vintage, but this one goes pretty well with fuzzy high-end solos AND clean blues. The humbucker on the bridge is a total beast on the low-end, sounds pretty clear through any type of overdrive. The action is alright, you might want to lift it a little on the low strings though, depending on style of playing. But you know, if you're really a floyd rose kinda guy, don't go with it.
Overall very good guitar, super nice tones. No wonder it got multiple "Best Electric Guitar of 2015" awards.