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Improved and refined replica of Red Special.

The Brian May Signature Electric Guitar features an acoustically chambered mahogany body, a dual truss rod mahogany neck, and ebony fingerboard. The pickups are Tri-Sonics that Brian sealed in Araldite adhesive to prevent microphonic feedback inherent with metal covered pickups. These are controlled by the original Brian May switching system with individual on/off and phase switches, one volume and one tone pot.

The Brian May guitar is faithful to the spirit of Brian's original 'Red Special', an instrument that has achieved iconic status and a unique place in rock history, and designed by Brian May himself. The Brian May 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.

Without question one of the most eagerly anticipated instruments of the century. The original BMG replica was originally launched in winter 2001 to rapturous critical and public acclaim. UK Guitarist magazine hailed it as "Best Guitar of The Year" and theater audiences around the globe thrilled to the guitar's sound in performance in the Queen musical "We Will Rock You."

But the story certainly didn't end there. Brian, his long-standing guitar technician Pete Malandrone, and Barry Moorehouse of House Music have significantly improved upon the guitar's overall construction as well as refining the bridge assembly, electronics, finishing and color choices. Simply put, one of the finest artist-designed production guitars is now even better. Case sold separately.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features
  • Mahogany body (with acoustic chamber), Pinstripe binding, two-piece scratchplate
  • 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, Brian May custom tremolo arm
  • 3 x Burns Tri-Sonic pickups (series wired)
  • Master volume/tone controls
  • Original Brian May switching system:
  • Individual pickup in/out phase
  • Individual pickup on/off
  • Case sold separately

Break free with the Brian May Signature guitar! Order today.

 
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4.0

Brian May Red Special

By DAN THE MAN

from CANADA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great Hardware
  • Solid Electronics
  • Versatility

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Can Do Anything

Comments about Brian May Guitars Brian May Signature Electric Guitar:

although this is a relatively inexpensive guitar from Korea, it is simply a superb sounding a playing instrument. I received mine from MUSIC123 about 2 weeks ago, it did require a mild setup to alive a small fret buzz and a higher string gage, the May now sings against all my other guitars (i have a lot).

I'll admit that the Phase shifting is neat for a trick, but it doesn't give the sounds that I would utilize often. that being said the Off/on switches do allow me to access cool start, tele, or humbucker tone with ease. the grovers and wilkonson bridge keep the guitar in tune very well, even with considerable use /play. The "brian may" "tri-sonic" ? pickups are bright and punchy. they respond well to sparkle and distortion. The fret work was done well as well a the general finish of the guitar.

the guitar is not without its cons, the neck is a wide wide neck that makes a 50's LP seem small. the fret markers and zero fret did cause me a little grief for a few hours. But nothing that isn't rectified in a few hours of playing. The build quality if decent, the speed knobs, switches, and pots do have a cheeper feel to them and one of the pickup mounting screws was loose when the guitar arrived.

finally, I have 30 plus guitars. I initially purchased this instrument as a wall hanger that would get occasional play when I wanted to jam out to some queen. I took it to a jam to drool over and it soon replaced my LP Standard and LP Custom 57' vos. Now, it may not be my number 1 for ever, but you will enjoy this guitar (providing you have big hands). It's a good axe and its positives greatly outweigh the negatives in build quality and electronics feel.

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3.0

Poor Craftsmanship

By schmizz

from Baltimore

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Brian May Guitars Brian May Signature Electric Guitar:

The Red Special is my dream guitar, but I'm not willing to settle for poor crafsmanship. While the electronics are all great in this replica, it's the minor details that turned me off of this model. I returned 2 of them because of flaws in the body. The first I received had bumps under the finish, like dust or dirt was on the body when they coated it. The second had like a groove dent in the body near the neck. I thought the whole guitar just hasd a feel of cheapness to it, especially for the money. I would rather buy the pick-ups and pedals to give me the sound and use them with a solidly built guitar. I've seen better quality guitars come out of Korea for a lot less money. Brian really needs to look into the quality control, because his name is on every guitar. I would gladly pay more for a better product.

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar

By gatorstudio

from Undisclosed

Comments about Brian May Guitars Brian May Signature Electric Guitar:

I loved the original Guild model, but it was a small fortune to buy one. This was in my price range and the quality for the money is amazing. I love the versatility of the pickups with the phase switches. You can get so many wicked sounds with this guitar. I'd recommend this guitar to anyone wanting good quality for under a grand.

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(13 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value, Great Sound

By gregoir

from miami, florida

Comments about Brian May Guitars Brian May Signature Electric Guitar:

The Brian May signature guitar puts the unique tone and sound of the Queen guitarist within the reach of mere mortals. This guitar has some great things going for it, The three burns tri-sonic pickups have a unique switching arrangement that allows fo thirteen different sound settings available at the flick of a switch. it looks great and due to the cutaway style of the guitars body you have really easy access right up to the 24th fret. on the downside, it is a very large and heavy guitar which may be unsuitable for younger players. i have used mine as my main guitar for about three years and it is starting to show some wear and tear, although nothing that a basic knowledge of guitar maintenence can't fix. overall, this is a great quality guitar that easily competes with high end gibsons and fenders in terms of sound.

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(40 of 43 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible!!!

By Tanner

from Arkansas

Comments about Brian May Guitars Brian May Signature Electric Guitar:

Alright, so I'm a huge Queen fan, so when I was looking around and found this, I had to have it. This guitar is truly amazing. It's incredibly unique. You won't find another guitar with so many different sounds and especially not at this price. The switching is awesome! so many combinations!! It doesn't come with instructions on working the in/out phase switching, but it's not hard to work out. My advice: Buy This!!! You won't be disappointed! O and it's a really beautiful guitar...GREAT finish and you can't go worng with the antique cherry. Beautiful look and sound!

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