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Brian May Guitars Red Special Electric Guitar (Antique Cherry)

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The Brian May Red Special - inspired by Brian May's own handbuilt legendary 'Red Special', an instrument that has achieved iconic status a unique place in rock history, and designed in conjunction with Brian May himself.

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The Brian May Red Special - inspired by Brian May's own handbuilt legendary 'Red Special', an instrument that has achieved iconic status a unique place in rock history, and designed in conjunction with Brian May himself.

The Brian May Red Special is a stunning guitar, blessed with superb build quality, awesome playability and an astonishingly rich diversity of killer tones. In fact it delivers everything you'd expect from an instrument built to the exacting standards of one of the world's greatest guitarists but, in keeping with Brian's vision of a "guitar for the people", with an amazingly affordable price-tag that belies its superior appointments and performance.

Working with Brian and his long-standing guitar technician Pete Malandrone, House Music has significantly improved upon the guitar's overall constrution as well as refining the bridge assembly, electronics, finishing and colour choices. Simply put, the world's best artist designed guitar has just got a whole lot better.


  • 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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Brian May Guitars Red Special

This guitar is as much of a pleasure to play as it is to look at! Probably the closest I will ever get to the original! This guitar can handle any style and this is what put me off this guitar because I wanted it to be versatile and it really truly is. When I got it I noticed there was soome of the binding was knocked back abit but I dunno if that happened in the factory or at dolphin musics warehouse but it doesn\'t affect the playability of the guitar in anyway. Just ruins the cosmetics of the guitar abit. These are amazing guitars and I really recommend them to anyone!


Brian May Guitars Red Special

I\'ve never played the original one and will proly never achieve that. So I shouldn\'t compare but ... this is as close to the real thing in terms of sonic aura as possible - according you play it with a treble booster and a Vox (or Vox-y) amp. But it is also a very nice guitar by itself, looking and feeling like an axe you would pay twice this price. Cherry on the cake, the setup was perfect - first time in 30 years I had nothing to adjust on a new guitar, even intonation is spot-on. And btw, great communication and overall service by the Dolphin guys, could not be more satisfied. Sorry, have to leave for an ogre battle now ... now I\'m there.

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Red Special

Everyone knows the musical history of this guitar, an axe that is as legendry as the man who plays it, so how could a fan go about reviewing this guitar while remaining impartial?
At first glance it does appear to be just another guitar, but when you take a closer look everything comes into focus, as they say the devil is in the details. We could sit and list all the songs that have been played on this piece of musical history, about how it has helped shape the rock landscape but we wont. When Brian and his father were forging this iconic guitar, all because Brian could not find a guitar that would give him the control he wanted, they could have been forgiven for thinking that here was just another instrument. Generations of fans would be held captive by the ethereal sound that emanates from the rewound tri-sonic pickups, (Brighton rock anyone?) But this guitar is more than the sum of its parts, far more in fact, the unique sound is just as important as the guitar, the pick ups or the custom tremolo because the coming together of all the elements make this guitar legendry. Look at a Fender Stratocaster with its iconic body shape and the Gibson SG Custom with its ‘devil horn’ cut away sections on the body, both great guitars played by some of the greatest guitarists ever to pick up the guitar but they are just not the ‘Red Special’.
There are flaws with the old lady, of course mainly that I don’t have one and that having one will never make you a Brian May clone regardless of curly wig. The Red Special is a guitar for fans and enthusiasts, it will forever be as legendry as Queen and Brian May and held in as high a regard as the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson SG Custom.

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