What you need to know
Hugh Manson is one of the most experienced guitar makers in the UK. His company, Manson Guitar Works, based in Dartmoor, creates dream machines for many big names. Skindred’s Mikey Demus is their latest signature artist.
2 Looks cheap for a UK handmade…
That’s because the body work and spraying is done in the Czech Republic, then the hardware, pickups and any custom-spec ‘mods’ are done by the Manson team here in the UK.
3 I thought Manson used Bare Knuckle pickups?
They do! However, for these MD models, as well as using Seymour Duncan classics (a Hot Rails at the bridge and Pearly Gates at the neck on the MD-1), the MD-2 uses a new UK brand, Psychopaf Pickups. Psychopaf is an off-shoot of Manson Guitar Works, if you like, with the pickups designed and wound by Simon Thorn. See page 106 for more.