Muse Frontman Matt Bellamy Buys Guitar Company

Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has officially announced his purchase of Manson Guitar Works, becoming the majority shareholder of the company that has made custom signature guitars from him for the better part of the past two decades.

Bellamy stated in a press release, "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 announcement added that instrument maker and namesake Hugh Manson will remain at the company as a consultant.

Bellamy recently upgraded his custom Manson by having a plug-in synthesizer, the Arturia Prophet V, built directly into the instrument. Bellamy opted for the upgrade so he could perform a track called "The Dark Side" on the group's current tour without having to rely on a computer.

Muse is on the road in Europe behind its eighth studio album, Simulation Theory, which features extensive use of synthesizers.