"The variety and uniqueness on offer here make this an outstanding recording guitar when you've run out of options on your usual guitar collection... it's easy to justify how special this Red Special really is!"
Jason Sidwell | Guitar Techniques | August 2013
The flagship model of the BMG fleet and the result of a unique collaboration between Brian May, his long-standing guitar tech Pete Malandrone and House Music, The BMG SPECIAL combines the distinctive aesthetics and sound of the legendary Red Special with a wealth of modern appointments and superb quality, production-line craftsmanship.
All the foundations of the trademark BM sound are present and correct, with construction, pickups and electronics faithfully reproducing the original's unique character and tonal versatility. But this is so much more than just a replica... with a price-tag and a range of new colours driven by Brian's concept of a guitar "for the people", The Special is designed to provide modern players of all musical persuasions with an affordable pro-grade instrument that is the perfect "go-to" guitar for any performance environment.
Acoustic Chambered Mahogany Body
True to the look and spirit of the "Old Lady", the instantly recognisable pinstripe-bound, double cutaway mahogany body features an acoustic chamber modelled on Brian's original design that enhances the Special's natural resonance and decreases weight.
24" Scale Mahogany Neck
Engineered with a decidely contemporary feel, and considerably less deeply contoured than the somewhat gargantuan proportions of the "Old Lady", the glued-in Mahogany neck sports a generous 45mm nut width, comfortably spacious "D" profile and wonderfully smooth 24 fret ebony fingerboard.
Tri-Sonic Style Pickups
Modern replicas of the classic '60's Burns design units that are so fundamental to the Red Special's powerful sonic character, the three series-wired, single-coil pickups feature the same retro-styling, winding and magnet alignment as the originals.
Original BM Switching System
As per the original BM design, The Special is equipped with 6 white-capped slider switches controlling individual pickup on/off and phase reversal and providing a vast range of tonal variations.
Wilkinson Knife-Edge Tremolo
Trevor Wilkinson's "Wave" tremolo-bridge provides a strikingly modern look to The Special as well as delivering smooth, comfortable performance and exceptional stability and sustain.
Grover Locking Tuners
Featuring Grover's innovative Rotomatic® internal "Locking Cam", these superb machine heads automatically lock your strings as you tune, allowing for super-fast string changes and ensuring rock-solid tuning stability, even with heavy tremolo use.
|| Acoustic Chambered Mahogany with Bookmatched Mahogany Top
|| 6-Ply Pinstripe, Front + Back
|| 1-Piece Mahogany
| Truss Rod
|| Dual Action (440mm)
|| 24 Medium Jumbo Frets + Zero Fret
| Fret Height
|| 2.7mm (0.1")
|| White Front + Side Dots (Φ 6mm /Φ 1.5mm)
| Neck Join
|| Set Neck Construction
|| 3 x BM Brand Custom Tri-Sonic Style Series Wired Single Coil
|| White Slider Switches - 3 x Pickup On/Off + 3 x Pickup Phase In/Out
|| Master Volume + Master Tone (250k)
|| Wilkinson WVP Knife Edge Tremolo (36mm Block) with Brass Saddles + Custom BMG Trem Arm
|| 3-A-Side Grover 406 Mini Locking Rotomatic® Tuners
|| Graphite/PPS Black (45mm x 6mm)
|| Main Control Plate + Half-Moon Tail Plate + Matching Truss Rod Cover
| Overall Length
|| 98.8cm (38.9")
| Body Length
|| 40.63cm (16")
| Body Width
|| 35.67cm (14")
| Body Depth
|| 40mm (1.57")
| Fingerboard Radius
|| 250mm (9.8")
|| 610mm (24")
| Neck Width @ Nut
|| 45mm (1.77")
| Neck Width @ 24th Fret
|| 57mm (2.24")
| Neck Depth @ 1st Fret
|| 22mm (0.87")
| Neck Depth @ 12th Fret
|| 24mm (0.94")
|| Approx 3.2kg (7lbs)
|| D'Addario XL-120 Super Light (Plain Steel .009 - .011 - .016 - Nickel Wound .024 - .032 - .042)
|| Premium Quality Gig Bag with Stitched Brian May Guitars Logo
| Options (at additional cost)
|| Moulded, Impact Resistant, Plush Lined HISCOX "LiteFlite" Custom Fitted Hard Case with Stamped Brian May Guitars Logo
| Country Of Origin
|| World Musical Instruments Co. Ltd. - South Korea
Since the launch of the original, super-affordable Brian May Guitars Special, the unique configuration of Brian's original instrument has become available to musicians all over the World. Consequently, House Music has fielded a wealth of questions regarding the Brian May Guitars range - everything from set-up, maintenance and switch orientation to the various amplifiers and effects units that Brian employs to achieve his distinctive sound.
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