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New Brian May Signature Guitar!

Published: Mon June 16, 2008  News Feed

If you are interested in a guitar built to the design of the Brian May "Red Special", you have come to the right place. And it has been quite a journey to arrive at this point.

Through the years there have been a multitude of replicas of the Red Special, built by amateurs and professionals, including two major commercial issues, with Guild guitars of the USA, and Burns Guitars of the UK. As of 2006, the commercial Red Special has at last come home.

"I was concerned that it ought to be me personally who controlled the manufacture of these instruments, and so I have teamed up with Barry Moorhouse of House Music, and Pete Malandrone, my long-time tech man, and we have created, our aim being to make the absolute best product at an affordable price, so that all may enjoy the special sound and feel of a Brian May guitar. " says Brian May himself.

Brian tells the story behind his legendary "Red Special":

"A little over 40 years ago, largely because we could not afford to buy a high quality electric guitar, and partly because we enjoyed a challenge, my Dad and I decided to make an electric guitar. I designed an instrument from scratch, with the intention that it would have a capability beyond anything that was out there, more tunable, with a greater range of pitches and sounds, with a better tremolo, and with a capability of feeding back through the air in a "good" way - i.e. in a self-sustaining mode.

"Previously (ironically) electric guitars had been designed NOT to feed back, but in the hands of Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend and Jimi Hendrix, they were forced to! My Dad had the technical knowledge and skills to make the dream come true. The result, after two years of spare-time work, exclusively with hand tools, was the instrument I now call my "Red Special" - or the "Old Lady" - the guitar which has been a part of me through 30 years of live concerts and studio work with Queen, all around the world.

"Through the years there have been a multitude of replicas of the Red Special, built by amateurs and professionals, including two major commercial issues, with Guild Guitars of the USA, and Burns Guitars of the UK. As of 2006, the commercial Red Special has at last come home. I was concerned that it ought to me personally who controlled the manufacture of these instruments, and so I have teamed up with Barry Moorhouse of House Music, and Pete Malandrone, my long-time tech man, and we have created BRIAN MAY GUITARS, our aim being to make the absolute best product at an affordable price, so that all may enjoy the special sound and feel of a Brian May guitar. "

The Brian May Guitars "Red Special" is a faithful reproduction of this legendary guitar, and a great buy not only for Brian May/ Queen fans, but any guitarist looking for a great and unique guitar.

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Features:

  • Mahogany body (with acoustic chamber) with Pinstripe binding
  • New two-piece scratch plate
  • Mahogany neck
  • 24" scale (Depth: 22mm at 1st fret ... 24mm at 12th fret)
  • 24 fret - ebony fingerboard (width 45mm at 0 fret ... 57mm at 24th fret)
  • Grover GH305 locking tuners
  • Dual truss rod
  • Graphite nut
  • New bridge & Brass saddles
  • BM Custom tremolo arm
  • 3 x Burns Tri-Sonic pickups (series wired)
  • Master Volume & Tone controls
  • Original BM switching system
  • Individual pickup IN/OUT phase plus Individual pickup ON/OFF

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