July 21, 2016
UK youth arts charity The Helen Foundation are delighted to be able to offer an unprecedented auction opportunity following the donation of an actual touring and recording guitar owned by Muse frontman, Matthew Bellamy.
The unique tour spec guitar, unavailable to the public in any format – only to Matthew Bellamy himself – has been extensively used for the current Drones World Tour since 2015 and is captured by fans on YouTube film footage at the sold-out London 02 event on Friday 15th April. For this show, the guitar was used during the song ‘Reapers’ before being spun high in the air then crashing onto the stage.
The guitar will be presented for auction in its exact state, other than full band signatures on the guitar body, as donated by Bellamy direct from the stage including damage sustained during the performance! The guitar, still in playable condition, can be presented to the winning bidder ‘as is’ for a unique piece of rock and roll history or reinstated as a full playing instrument by the instrument creators Manson Guitar Works.
The Manson Matthew Bellamy MB-1 guitar is a rare and exclusive instrument but this is the first time one actually owned, toured and recorded by Bellamy has been signed and officially offered for sale. All proceeds will be donated to The Helen Foundation, a Devon-based charity whose Patrons include Muse.
The instrument will come with full provenance from The Helen Foundation and Manson Guitar Works. There are, to date, various YouTube videos of the final Friday 15th MUSE at the 02, showing Bellamy’s performance of Reapers and concluding with the throwing of the guitar.
Trustees of the Helen Foundation Roger and Annie Kirk said:
“We are overwhelmed by the donation of this unique guitar to the charity. MUSE have been staunch supporters of The Helen Foundation since its creation in 2006 and the coming auction will be one of the highlights of our special 10th Anniversary year. Funds raised by the auction will help secure the future of the charity.”
Matthew Bellamy Tour Specification Ultra Lightweight MB-1S.
Swamp Ash body with extreme chambering and “semi-style” construction.
Manson full custom neck, birds-eye maple, select rosewood fingerboard, MB soft V profile.
Sustainiac Pro sustainer system.
Manson MBK-2 bridge pickup.
Gotoh 501 series hardware
Satin Matt Black Finish.
Muse autographed Manson Matthew Bellamy Guitars have reached record figures in the past including £33,000 for a Manson DL-1 during the Silver Clef awards at the Nordoff Robbins charity fundraiser and €60,000 for a red glitter MB-1S auctioned to benefit The Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy Association and Marie Curie cancer trust. This however is the first time an instrument actually owned and used by Bellamy has been offered for sale.
Private bids are being requested from serious buyers between the 20th June 2016 and 15th of August 2016 to conclude the sale of the guitar. If you would like to own a unique and collectable piece of rock memorabilia and support a fantastic charity then please contact Adrian Ashton via Manson Guitar Works (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your full name and contact phone number whereupon the full conditions for making a bid will be forwarded.
The Helen Foundation was founded following the tragic death after a road accident of Helen Kirk, aged 24, then a professionally-trained actor working in London. The charity supports young people in their aspirations in the arts throughout Teignbridge, Devon, and each year benefits over 3,000 youngsters through school-based arts workshops, individual bursaries, Helen Foundation Awards in schools, and special multi-school and community-based arts projects.
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