Manson Guitar Works majority shareholding acquired by Matthew Bellamy of Muse


Matthew Bellamy and Adrian Ashton at Manson Guitar Works Ashburton Devon June 2019 – by Jolyon Holroyd Photography

Matthew Bellamy, the guitarist, songwriter and frontman of international stadium band MUSE has completed a deal to purchase the majority shareholding of Devon based guitar manufacturer Manson Guitar Works

The artist has used Manson instruments on stage and in the studio almost exclusively for 20 years. Manson Guitar Works has a reputation of producing mainstream and highly innovative instruments used by respected musicians globally. The combination of Bellamy’s stage presence and musicianship with the manufacturer’s market position will put the new company at the forefront of guitar technology and creativity.

Bellamy stated, “I’m excited to be taking ownership of Manson Guitar Works and developing its potential in the future. Having played Manson Guitars since I was able to co-design my first custom guitar I have the best insight into the products.” 

The company’s recent move to industrial premises in Ashburton, Devon has already seen an increase in production and new models launched. Adrian Ashton, retained as CEO for Manson Guitar Works said ‘This is an exciting development which will build on the great relationship we have developed with Matthew over two decades.’

Company namesake, Hugh Manson, 65, will remain a consultant to the company to allow for semi-retirement.

Photo: Matthew Bellamy of Muse, live at London Olympic Stadium 2019 by Hans-Peter Van Velthoven