Hugh Manson has been making custom guitars for over 30 years and has earned an enviable reputation within the guitar community for innovation and quality, making electric guitars for some of the world's best known rock & roll superstars, including John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin and Matthew Bellamy from Muse. We collaborated with Hugh to create two great new instruments.
ERGONOMIC BODY CONTOUR
The body styling on the MS Series guitars was designed by Hugh Manson, with him considering each detail for these instruments. Both comfort and appearance was enhanced with an elegantly contoured arm cut on the top. The back has a tummy cut as a key comfort evolution feature. This modification to the back has been carefully laid out on the bodies of the MS guitars for maximum comfort without removing unnecessary amounts of wood. The lines of the Manson designed body are graceful for aesthetic beauty as well as for ergonomic considerations.
CONTROL PLATE & HARDWARE
Often overlooked, the control plate and hardware not only provide functionality but contribute significantly to the sound of the guitar as well as enhanced playing experience. The blade 3-way switch so common on guitars of this style has been replaced with a toggle switch. Even the exact travel of the switch was precisely defined by Mr. Manson to maximize playability. The bridge selected for the Classic TC has six individual saddles designed to enhance intonation and string height adjustment.
Manson® T SINGLE COIL PICKUP SET
Hugh set a high standard for the pickups for the Classic TC. As he does on all of his instruments he designed and voiced the pickups for this specific instrument. He demanded that the pickups go beyond just being the expected classic sonic profile. At the Manson Guitar Works UK headquarters where the Classic TC was designed and came to life, the team wanted to rise to the challenge of creating a pickup set that could both cover the classic vintage tones you might expect adding a nod to modernity.
SPOKE NUT HOT-ROD TRUSS ROD
The spoke nut hotrod truss rod ensures smooth and precise setting of the neck bow. Often overlooked by many guitarists, the neck bow (or relief) is very critical for the best possible playability. This new truss rod adjustment feature allows the player to dial in the exact amount of neck bow depending the player’s technique and playing style. Whether you are a legato fusion player with a light touch or a Texas blues master who digs hard into the strings in the lower register, this new truss rod will allow you to dial in the exact amount of bow to suit your style.