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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 Araldit... Read More

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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.

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  • 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
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Brian May GuitarsBrian May Signature Electric Guitar
 
4.8

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Quite Unique, Good Value, but not Ripe

By Chill Magnet Randy

from Coachella Valley USA

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Good Bargain
  • Versatile Sounds

Cons

  • Not Quite Ripe

Best Uses

  • Gigging
  • Recording

Comments about Brian May Guitars Brian May Signature Electric Guitar:

As others have said, the scale and frets take some getting used to -- it is a bit of an odd animal to play at first. It rests oddly on your lap when playing sitting down, and was uncomfortable on my wrist to play with it having low on a strap. But, like any guitar, really, it just takes a few hours in your hands before it feels familiar. it is a small guitar -- about same size as my DanElectro.
Its tonal versatility is terrific, with the ability to create very unique tones -- just don't switch all 3 pickups off by mistake! Very low noise circuitry, even when used with typically noisy peddles, i.e. Bogner Harlow. The fingerboard and low frets yield a very fast playing surface.
However, I feel mine was not quite "ripe," however. The young ebony fingerboard is dyed black to hide coloring variations and my model should have been allowed to dry more. When I first took it out of the box it turned my fingertips solid black after about an hour of playing. I left it to air dry for a week here at my house in the desert, but yesterday's romp still left my fingers stained. I'm pretty sure the dye will be fully dry in another couple of weeks.
Another build issue is a crooked volume knob. I haven't taken the time to see if it the pot is crooked of if it is the knob itself, but it does cheapen the quality when the edge of a knob rubs on the body.

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(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would Recommend to a friend and ,I would buy this again!

By Kev

from Ocala Fl.

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Brian May Guitars Brian May Signature Electric Guitar:

    I have wanted one of these Since 1980 when I started listening to Brian May !

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    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Gold Top

    By Rich

    from Huntsville AL

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    Comments about Brian May Guitars Brian May Signature Electric Guitar:

    The fret board layout takes some getting used to. Things are not in the same place as every other guitar out there, but then again, this is not your every day run of the mill guitar. Mine came set up well, I have not had to change anything. I may have to get a zero fret job done sometime in the future, these guitars are prone to that. It's the nature of the beast and comes with the territory. It is only 1 fret, so how bad can it be? I had been looking at these guitars for quite some time and when I had saved enough money to buy one, low and behold, It was Christmas time. I could either buy presents or buy the guitar. Big sighs and I told the wife, It's going to have to be the presents and the guitar will just have to wait. So, this was a huge surprise when my son-in-law carried it in and handed it to me. I got this guitar for Christmas from my wife. Thank you so much my love. I now have a stunningly beautiful gold top Brian May with a white pick guard and gold hardware. Of all the colors available it was the only one I didn't have to do anything to in order for it to look the way I wanted it to. Other colors and combinations caught my eye as well, but the pick guards almost always had to be changed out. This one was perfect the way it was. I considered the white one, but I would have to change to black pick guards and gold hardware. The vintage burst comes with some mottled looking white-ish pick guard that I would have to change that to a black pick guard with gold hardware. Black came with a gold pick guard and gold hardware so I would change it to a black pick guard and keep the gold hardware. Call me weird but, I never really liked the red special look with black pick guard and silver hardware. If it had a white pick guard on it and gold hardware it would have been OK, but, red was not even on my list of choices. You CAN order any combination directly from Brian May Guitars and they will put it together for you. It is much more expensive ordering direct but you have way more choices than if you were to buy one elsewhere. So Kudos to BMG for offering to give you what you want. For me though, three times the cost was not worth it, so I looked at used guitars only. The price has dropped down a little bit now, so look around and be patient. They just don't come along very often. It was a downright steal when you buy it used. My Gold top was bought used through Guitar Center, Birmingham. I did not get a tremolo or gig bag with it, and I ordered both of those directly from Brian May. You can find these used occasionally, but they come up very rarely.The pickups and switching take a little getting used to, but what sounds this guitar will make! I can get anything from Telecaster to Stratocaster to Les Paul out of this thing. There are about 27 different settings, no worries though, you will intuitively learn them quickly. There are instructions available at http://www.brianmayguitars.co.uk/downloads. To me, the Brian May just has a slightly unique flavor to the sound, making it just a little different in a very big, very pleasant way. You will have to pre-amp or run this guitar through a pedal to get good sound out of it, so if you are a no effects player this is probably not the guitar for you. The single coils can sound a little thin without a pedal. I say "pedal" because there are choices, i.e. treble booster, multi effects pre amps, and on and on. I use a multi effects pedal and split the signal to true stereo. A lot of Queen songs are using delay, so Ping Ponging the sounds back and forth is fun. Decades ago I had the opportunity to regularly play a Les Paul Fretless wonder. Some people don't like the thin frets but I always did and always wished I could find another guitar like that. They are rare. Very Rare. This Brian May has those frets. The action is very low. As you are playing the feel is more strat like than Les Paul like. but it kind of reminds me of that "fretless" Les Paul. When you play and you are kind of tapping out a rhythm staccato like, this guitar excels at being easy to play that way. That is also why I say it plays Strat like. It been my experience strats do that better than Les Pauls. The Brian May guitar sings as soon as I pick it up. It just has that wow factor in playability in spades. The tone is smooth, but can growl when you want to crank it. It really comes alive boosted and at full volume. I found the tremolo to be useless to me. I had no trouble with it staying in or anything, it just threw my guitar out of tune every time I used it so off it came and I am still thrilled with this guitar. When the guitar arrived, It came without a tremolo arm so I ordered from Brian May directly and I was really looking forward to using it, so it was a slight let down, but, this guitar just plays really nicely and I just don't care anymore. There was a white one on Guitar center this morning but oops, too late, it's gone. I'm telling you, the used ones are being snatched up. They are not just a good deal, these guitars are a great deal.

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    5.0

    The Gold Top

    By Rich

    from Huntsville AL

    Site Member

    Comments about Brian May Guitars Brian May Signature Electric Guitar:

    The fret board layout takes some getting used to. Things are not in the same place as every other guitar out there, but then again, this is not your every day run of the mill guitar. Mine came set up well, I have not had to change anything. I may have to get a zero fret job done sometime in the future, these guitars are prone to that. It's the nature of the beast and comes with the territory. It is only 1 fret, so how bad can it be? I had been looking at these guitars for quite some time and when I had saved enough money to buy one, low and behold, It was Christmas time. I could either buy presents or buy the guitar. Big sighs and I told the wife, It's going to have to be the presents and the guitar will just have to wait. So, this was a huge surprise when my son-in-law carried it in and handed it to me. I got this guitar for Christmas from my wife. Thank you so much my love. I now have a stunningly beautiful gold top Brian May with a white pick guard and gold hardware. Of all the colors available it was the only one I didn't have to do anything to in order for it to look the way I wanted it to. Other colors and combinations caught my eye as well, but the pick guards almost always had to be changed out. This one was perfect the way it was. I considered the white one, but I would have to change to black pick guards and gold hardware. The vintage burst comes with some mottled looking white-ish pick guard that I would have to change that to a black pick guard with gold hardware. Black came with a gold pick guard and gold hardware so I would change it to a black pick guard and keep the gold hardware. Call me weird but, I never really liked the red special look with black pick guard and silver hardware. If it had a white pick guard on it and gold hardware it would have been OK, but, red was not even on my list of choices. You CAN order any combination directly from Brian May Guitars and they will put it together for you. It is much more expensive ordering direct but you have way more choices than if you were to buy one elsewhere. So Kudos to BMG for offering to give you what you want. For me though, three times the cost was not worth it, so I looked at used guitars only. The price has dropped down a little bit now, so look around and be patient. They just don't come along very often. It was a downright steal when you buy it used. My Gold top was bought used through Guitar Center, Birmingham. I did not get a tremolo or gig bag with it, and I ordered both of those directly from Brian May. You can find these used occasionally, but they come up very rarely.The pickups and switching take a little getting used to, but what sounds this guitar will make! I can get anything from Telecaster to Stratocaster to Les Paul out of this thing. There are about 27 different settings, no worries though, you will intuitively learn them quickly. There are instructions available at http://www.brianmayguitars.co.uk/downloads. To me, the Brian May just has a slightly unique flavor to the sound, making it just a little different in a very big, very pleasant way. You will have to pre-amp or run this guitar through a pedal to get good sound out of it, so if you are a no effects player this is probably not the guitar for you. The single coils can sound a little thin without a pedal. I say ""pedal"" because there are choices, i.e. treble booster, multi effects pre amps, and on and on. I use a multi effects pedal and split the signal to true stereo. A lot of Queen songs are using delay, so Ping Ponging the sounds back and forth is fun. Decades ago I had the opportunity to regularly play a Les Paul Fretless wonder. Some people don't like the thin frets but I always did and always wished I could find another guitar like that. They are rare. Very Rare. This Brian May has those frets. The action is very low. As you are playing the feel is more strat like than Les Paul like. but it kind of reminds me of that ""fretless"" Les Paul. When you play and you are kind of tapping out a rhythm staccato like, this guitar excels at being easy to play that way. That is also why I say it plays Strat like. It been my experience strats do that better than Les Pauls. The Brian May guitar sings as soon as I pick it up. It just has that wow factor in playability in spades. The tone is smooth, but can growl when you want to crank it. It really comes alive boosted and at full volume. I found the tremolo to be useless to me. I had no trouble with it staying in or anything, it just threw my guitar out of tune every time I used it so off it came and I am still thrilled with this guitar. When the guitar arrived, It came without a tremolo arm so I ordered from Brian May directly and I was really looking forward to using it, so it was a slight let down, but, this guitar just plays really nicely and I just don't care anymore. There was a white one on Guitar center this morning but oops, too late, it's gone. I'm telling you, the used ones are being snatched up. They are not just a good deal, these guitars are a great deal.

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    5.0

    Color options

    By Brian

    from Santa Ana, CA

    Site Member

    Comments about Brian May Guitars Brian May Signature Electric Guitar:

    A unique and high-quality guitar. The neck is chunky and smooth. The tone variety from the pick-up switches and combinations tend to favor the treble, which is definitely a key component to Brian May's sound. This guitar, like the quality of his playing technique, has a natural, raw, homebrew flavor. I find it fun and comfortable to play. Beware ordering online because color options change. I ordered the 3-tone which, as pictured, has a white pickguard; mine came 3-tone with the tortoiseshell pickguard. I actually like it better, and the flame is incredibly nice, too. I waited a month-and-a-half because it was backordered, but it was worth it Try it if you run across one in the wild!

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