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Manson Guitar Works MB KR-1 Matt Bellamy Signature, Dry Satin Black w/ Case & Box


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Up for sale, a Manson Guitar Works Matt Bellamy signature model KR-1 in like-new condition, complete with the original hangtag, hardshell case, and shipping box. Crafted with great care in the UK and limited to only 80 instruments worldwide, the KR-1 hails from the award-winning MA series, but spec'd with "full stealth" cosmetics. Tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab ebony fingerboard, and the vaguely Tele-esque body shape has a belly carve and subtle forearm contour for added comfort.

The KR-1 boasts a freshly tweaked Manson PF-1 bridge pickup which delivers immense, velvety chords that ring out with near-infinite sustain. The neck position Sustainiac Sustainer pickup has three distinct modes (and doubles as a traditional single coil), and a coil tap is standard for the bridge pickup as well. From angular single coil snap to fat humbucker-driven punch and even active acoustic-like cut, the KR-1's tonal range is truly vast. This Manson weighs 8lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a soft V-shaped profile carve with faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The 22 fret ebony fingerboard features a 12" radius with Luminlay glow-in-the-dark side dots and flawless medium jumbo fretwire. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod, and the KR-1 boasts an easy-access truss rod adjustment wheel at the neck heel. The black graphite nut measures 1.650" in width, and the headstock features black Gotoh tuners that hold pitch reliably.

All electronics function flawlessly with a three-way pickup selector, Master Volume and Tone knobs, push/pull coil tap on the Tone pot, on/off toggle for the Sustainiac Stealth Pro pickup, and three-way toggle to select the Sustainer mode. Hardware includes the Gotoh GE103B-T bridge and corresponding stopbar. There's barely a scratch on the Dry Satin Black finish, and the factory protective plastic is still intact on the rear control cavity and battery covers, a testament to the sparingly little use this guitar has seen since new.

The Manson exclusive black-lined Hiscox hardshell case is included, along with the original hangtag and shipping box