The BMG Super • Antique Cherry

The BMG Super • Antique Cherry
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UK/EU Discount Price :  £2,950.00 Inc. 20% VATExport Price - USA • Australia • Worldwide : £2,458.33
AVAILABILITY :  From waiting list only.

THE OFFICIAL WAITING LIST FOR THE BMG SUPER IS NOW CLOSED!


A huge thank you to everyone who has registered for the opportunity to purchase this exceptional guitar.

As stocks become available each month, instruments will be allocated on a strictly "first-come, first-served" basis, according to your position on the waiting list. We will then contact you by email or telephone to advise you on how to complete your purchase.

"The dream of all Brian May fans has finally been realised... this is as genuine a recreation of the Red Special as is realistic for what is a pretty good price"

Simon Bradley • Guitarist Magazine • February 2009


Brian May Guitars Super - Antique Cherry

A meticulously constructed, devastatingly accurate, hand-crafted replica one of rock 'n' roll's most storied instruments, the development of the BMG SUPER, a collaboration between Dr. Brian May, Pete Malandrone and House Music MD Barry Moorhouse, has has been informed by invaluable input from an all-star, globe-spanning team of Red Special-ists, including Australian RS guru Greg Fryer, East Anglian luthier Andrew Guyton, Japanese master craftsman Kazutaka Ijuin and electronics wizard Adrian Turner of UK company, Adeson/Fenton-Weill.

Adding to the international flavour, the Super is now hand-crafted in the Czech Republic by the New Bohemia Electric Corp. (taking over from the initial 2008 - 2010 production by Japan's Kz GuitarWorks). World renowned for their exceptional build quality and innovation, New Bohemia's output also includes a range of superb electric guitars, basses and concert string instruments for Manson, Warwick, Stuart Spector and Ned Steinberger's NS Design marque.

The Super is designed to bridge the gap between BMG's own super-affordable Special model and Andrew Guyton's marvellous (and reassuringly expensive) hand-built instruments and is - without question - the most authentic, officially sanctioned Red Special replica in its price range.

Equally importantly, as a modern update to Brian May and his father's unique 50-year old innovations, the Super proudly stands on its own merits as an astonishingly versatile, exquisitely engineered, professional grade instrument.

Construction

With the barest minimum of compromise, every effort has been made to re-imagine the Red Special, hence the Super conforms to the original's dimensions and technical appointments in almost every regard - body and headstock dimensions, neck profile, fingerboard radius, binding, scratchplate shapes, pickup surrounds, tremolo and electronics are all faithfully accurate.

There are inevitably some differences in materials... instead of oak and blackboard,  the body is constructed from quartersawn Mahogany with a book-matched, Antique-Cherry stained Mahogany top, resulting in some minor modifications to the internal acoustic chambering and control cavity. In addition, The Super sports a more cost-effective, and stronger, glued-in neck join, rather than a bolt-on construction and, in favour of painted oak, features a wonderfully smooth 24 fret ebony fingerboard.

Of course, benefiting from the scientific level of study carried out by Greg Fryer on the Red Special and from knowledge gained by Andrew Guyton during his restoration work on the original, all of The Super's alternative appointments and modifications have been made true to the spirit and character of the "Old Lady".


  <<  Read Greg Fryer's in-depth assessment of the development of the original Mk. 1 KZ BMG Super >>


Adeson BMG® Super Pickups

Developed by acclaimed British electronics genius Adrian Turner and now produced exclusively for Brian May Guitars, these are identical recreations of the Adeson-spec Tri-Sonic pickups built between 1960 and 1965, using exactly the same construction and components - they are even made on the original, late 50's Burns winding machine, making them the most accurate modern version of this classic pickup... period! 

These exclusive units - currently available only on the BMG Super and hand-wound by Adrian Turner himself- differ in several important regards compared to standard Tri-Sonic pickups and, in conjunction with their construction, scientifically precise centreline and height positioning, result in as faithful a reproduction of the unique tonal nuances of the Red Special as is humanly possible.

Electronics

The Super's wiring scheme, switches, potentiometer and capacitor values are exactly the same as the original's with the switching system correctly mounted to an aluminium mounting plate and reproduction, lathe-turned, aluminium control knobs.

Additional Greg Fryer-approved enhancements include shielding under the entire scratch plate surface area to reduce finger static noise and to assist in insulation from electrical and RF interference and a reinforcing plate inlaid into the guitar's body at the output jack to prevent accidental splitting damage.

Hardware

Developed by Kazutaka Ijuin, the knife-edge tremolo tailpiece is a drop-dead accurate, hand-crafted reproduction of Brian's original design with the trem arm shaped to the exact curves of the Red Special's, from brass templates made by Greg Fryer in 1998.

In conjunction with a modified, stock Wilkinson roller bridge and Graph Tech Black TUSQ-XL nut, the tremolo system performs, as you'd expect, with astonishing comfort, control and dexterity with perfect return to pitch, aided by the inclusion of Gotoh's fantastic Magnum Lock® machineheads, tricked out with white pearl buttons, of course.

Limited Edition

Due to its meticulous, hand-crafted construction, production is limited to no more than 100 instruments per year, worldwide.

Customers are advised to indicate their interest in purchasing the BMG Super by submitting their contact details on the waiting list application at the top of this page. Please note that preference will be given to customers on a a strictly "first-come, first-served" basis. Subsequent to successful registration, customers are advised to wait until instruments are available, at which time they will be personally contacted in order of registration and given details on how to complete their purchase, either by credit card or direct bank transfer.

Extras

The BMG Super is supplied with an exclusive, premium quality BMG branded Hiscox hard-shell "LiteFlite" case and an accompanying certificate of authentication, numbered and personally signed by Dr. Brian May.

Buying a BMG Super 

In November 2018, we announced that production of the BMG SUPER had resumed after an 18 month hiatus and that we will be offering a limited quantity of these superlative instruments for sale on an ongoing, monthly basis.

To coincide with the new production schedule, we duly invited all customers who wished to purchase a BMG Super to submit their contact details for the official waiting list.

Thank you to all of you who have registered! The response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic and, due to the unprecedented demand, registration for the waiting list is now closed.

To customers who have successfully registered, instruments will be allocated on a strictly "first-come, first-served" basis. No deposit is required. As soon as guitars are available, you will be personally contacted in order, according to your position on the list, and invited to complete your purchase by credit card or bank transfer.

Body Back : 2-Piece Quartersawn Mahogany with Acoustic Chambers • Top : Book-Matched, Quartersawn Mahogany
Binding White
Neck 1-Piece Quartersawn Mahogany
Finish Gloss
Fingerboard Ebony
Frets 24 + Zero Fret  • Jim Dunlop 6130 - 18% Nickel Silver • Crown Height : 2.7mm (0.106") • Crown Width : 0.914mm (0.036")
Inlays Mother-Of-Pearl Face & Side Dots
Neck Join Glued-In Construction
Headstock Original RS Shape with Mother-Of-Pearl "MayStar" & Super Signature Inlays
Pickups 3 x Adeson-Spec BMG Super Series Wired, Single Coil pickups designed by Adrian Turner
Switches White Switchcraft Slider Switches • 3 x Pickup On/Off • 3 x Pickup Phase In/Out
Controls Master Volume + Master Tone with BM Replica, Lathe-Turned, Billet Stock, Aluminium Control Knobs
Bridge Custom Modified Wilkinson Roller Bridge
Tremolo Custom Design BM Replica Knife-Edge Tremolo • Custom BM Replica Trem Arm
Machineheads 3-A-Side Gotoh Magnum Lock® Tuners
Nut Graph Tech Black TUSQ-XL
Scratchplates Exact RS Replica Main Control Plate • Half-Moon Tremolo Tail Plate • Matching Truss Rod Cover
Body Depth 40mm (1.57")
Scale 610mm (24")
Fingerboard Radius 184.2mm (7.25")
Neck Width @ Nut 46mm (1.81")
Neck Width @ 12th Fret 51mm (2.00")
Neck Depth @ 2nd Fret 26.5mm (1.04")
Neck Depth @ 14th Fret 29.8mm (1.17")
String Spacing @ Nut 40mm (1.57")
String Spacing @ Bridge 50.8mm (2.00")
Weight Approx 3.62kg (8 lbs)
Strings D'Addario XL-120 Super Light  • Plain Steel .009 - .011 - .016 • Nickel Wound .024 - .032 - .042
Included Moulded, Impact Resistant, Plush Lined HISCOX "LiteFlite" Custom Fitted Hard Case with Stamped Brian May Guitars Logo
Extras Official Certificate of Authenticity • Numbered &Personally Signed By Dr. May
Country Of Origin Handcrafted by NBE Corp. s.r.o., Horovice, Czech Republic

BMG Super Video Review 

Jamie Humphries • Guitar Interactive • Issue #40 • March 2016

Simon Bradley • Guitarist Magazine • February 2009

The UK's "Guitar Player's Bible" delivered their own verdict on the internationally acclaimed BMG Super in their February '09 issue with a glowing 4.5 Star review by Simon Bradley, a man who knows more than a thing or two about the Red Special.

Simon lavishes abundant praise on the Super's finish and overall build quality, its "truly wonderful to play" neck design and, of course, for the painstaking attention to detail that has brought this instrument "closer in vibe, tone and feel to the original Red Special than any other hitherto realistically available copy".

Kudos to Simon for also making the point that this isn't just an instrument for Brian May aficionados. The Super has also been designed to be a staggeringly versatile instrument and worthy of any guitarist's attention for achieving the neat trick of being "the true halfway house between the tonal wonders and traditional uses of a Fender Strat and Gibson Les Paul".

  << Download the full review

  << Read the online version on Guitarist Magazine's MUSIC RADAR website

Average Rating (10 Reviews):  
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Rating:  
Absolutely recommended
Monday, 31 December 2018  | 

I came into a Super a week ago. I have to thank Brian May Guitars because they have followed me throughout the procedure, from the first messages up to the payment and the traceable shipping, and they answered every email message and we kept constantly in touch with Facebook chat.

The guitar arrived here in impeccable conditions and was also discreetly tuned despite the air travel. It's a faithful replica of Brian May's and I'm having so much fun with the huge neck, the roller bridge and the switch combinations of the pickups... What can I say, my guitar for life!

Absolutely recommended - if you can, try it and get one.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
5 Stars +++++
Monday, 17 December 2018  | 

I absolutely love this guitar, and can't stop playing it. I have a Vox AC30HW2X and its a perfect match (although I do have to turn the amp down to 15 watts).

I waited several months for it while some details were worked out on the windings of the pickups (I'm told that Dr. May wasn't happy with a couple batches and wanted these pick-ups to be as faithful as possible to the tonal characteristics of the originals... that speaks volumes to the quality of this instrument).

The craftsmanship of this guitar is phenomenal and the detail is exacting, even down to the three strap holes in the end of the guitar (just like the original). The staff at Brian May Guitars was a delight to work with and very helpful with all of the details of the purchase.

The sound that this instrument produces is unlike any other guitar I've ever played. There's thirteen (or some such) different combinations. It's like having a Telecaster, a Stratocaster, and a Les Paul all in one guitar.

Absolutely love it and can't recommend it enough.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Versatile, well made, fantastic looking
Saturday, 10 November 2018  | 

I bought a Brian May Super from here... Let's be honest - these are expensive! And very hard to get hold of - mine took 2 years to arrive! Lots of hopeful ETA dates emailed through - met with disappointment time and time again... but this month it arrived!

“Was it all worth it?” - the wait and the anguish??

Oh yes - what a fantastic piece of artwork this is. And I do describe this as a piece of art - it looks fantastic, the colour is rich and sumptuous, the finish across the guitar is impeccable - at this price you would expect this - and the Super delivers across the board.

The guitar came impeccably packed, in a really smart, BM logo'd case and double boxed full of padding - so arrived in A1 condition. For me the disappointment was no signed certificate, a quick call to BMG and that was cleared up - they just wanted the customers to get the guitars as quick as possible, the certificate followed as promised a week later.

On opening - I was shocked to see the guitar is shipped with the trem arm attached - unusual. Again I will emphasize just how good the finish is on the guitar, - just perfect.

On playing, well this is a true like for like of Brian's - the neck is really big - feels awkward, feels wrong... for about 2 mins, then it feels great - the set up was perfect, it's low, quick, and in tune straight out of the box.

I could write for ever on just how pleased I am. But I would bore you - the sounds are astounding, even with a little 10w Vox! My top tip is buy direct from BMG - 3rd parties are useless, they have no idea what is going on with deliveries - speak to Barry @BMG - the only guy who seems to know what's actually happening.

You name it - this really has it - looks, build quality, tone, head turner - yes it is expensive, yes you will have to wait, yes they are rare (100 per year) but it really is worth it.

From the way it's packed, to the quality of the guitar case, to the finish of the body - this guitar screams quality, oozes tone and shouts character...

I 100% recommend you buy one - if you can get one.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Outstanding
Friday, 9 November 2018  | 

This guitar really is a thing of beauty. Superb level of finish on every item, body, pickups, bridge and tremolo unit.
However purchases one of the BMG Super’s will not be dissapointed.

Customer services are spot on, always warm and welcoming on the telephone/email.
Thank you to all the BMG team.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
A thing of utter beauty
Thursday, 11 October 2018  | 

I was lucky enough to buy one of the first batch of 16 produced by KZ in 2008. This instrument is a thing of beauty and quality that never disappoints. I also have a very early Burns BM Signature Guitar

The thing that surprised me is the difference in neck profile between the 2 guitars. The Super is intended to be very faithful of course. But the neck feels huge for me in comparison to the wafer-thin slimline neck I got used to on the Burns and also to the ultra fast necks on my Ibanez RG series guitars i was playing semi pro back in the late 80's. The Super really was a bit of a word-of-mouth secret way back when I put my name on the waiting list, with little to find about it online, so it was a bit of a shock to open the case and pick up this neck.

I understand Jamie Moses had the neck of his Super skinnied down to be more like a Strat profile, and I can see why! But if you are investing personally in a high-end & faithful replica of the 'Old Lady' then it makes this a much bigger consideration. I get it - Brian is able to wring such beautiful expression out of his guitars and if he asks for a faithful replica, then who am I to tell him he's wrong. LOL... Heck, no!

So the tone, the sustain, the quality of the feel and of the finish are all just far superior for the Super. It really is a thing of utter beauty, and I just can't bring myself to play it with a sixpence, as it deserves reverence and worship.

But, as far as the convenience of playability is concerned (and this is probably as much down as much to my personal playing style and LOFT (lack of flippin talent), the Burns is the "Red Special" I reach for through choice.

I'd love it to be different. I'd love to hear that the more recent Super version has at least a choice of neck profiles. Maybe then I'd buy another and keep the faithful KZ produced guitar on its altar for worship, and play the crap out of the new one, having a neck profile that really suited my playing style. But this is an expensive dream, and my days of playing Queen/Brian May are not so regular now.

So only 4 stars from me, although frankly these 4 stars carry more weight and personal value than any of my other guitars that I would rank as 5 stars, just because she's the nearest thing to the "Old Lady".

"Fat bottomed girl, you make the rockin' world go round". LOL

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Rating:  
Bank breaker... ‘cause it’s a lot!
Saturday, 17 February 2018  | 

Good. But to me, it definitely breaks the bank.

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10 of 17 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Best of the best!
Friday, 16 February 2018  | 

The most playable, versatile guitar you can own. I have a BMG Special which I love but the Super goes beyond. I love them both!! Can't go wrong with either.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
What A Great Guitar!!
Saturday, 30 April 2016  | 

I own a Brian May Guitars Special since 2011 - that's a fine guitar, but the Super is just... finer! The build quality is outstanding and the sound... just magnificent!

As I often play an acoustic dreadnought guitar, the huge neck fits just wonderful, no need getting used to it, because the necks are very similiar! The playability of the Super really is "super"!!

My journey of seeking for "my" electric guitar has been finished now! And that really is great!

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17 of 18 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Incredible Guitar
Thursday, 25 February 2016  | 

I received my BMG Super guitar as a gift (what a gift!) from my wife on my 50th birthday, a year and a half ago (I was born in the same year as the "Old Lady").

Of course it is my most appreciated treasure among all my other instruments. I bought another Red Special in 2005 and, although is also a great guitar, the Super surpasses widely the quality and specification of its “little sister”.

The overall construction quality is incredible and with the most careful attention to detail. Of course, it is a very beautiful guitar and it’s a dream for any Queen and Brian May fan but its versatility makes it an incredible instrument for any playing style.

The neck seems apparently huge in width (and it is!), but it’s very smooth and comfortable for playing. The well known multiple combination of pickups and phases supplies a lot of different tones. I usually play the guitar through a VOX AC15 amplifier (AC30 is too much loud for my home, maybe for any home!) with different effects and pedals, including the Digitech BM which also supplies great sounds.

It is almost impossible to detune this guitar. In my case, the guitar is usually resting inside a glass display cabinet and after several weeks without playing it (I play my another BMG for rehearsals) it is still in tune!! The roller bridge was and is an incredible invention, besides the zero fret, the tuners, and the overall construction of the guitar, getting the miracle.

I strongly recommend this very high quality guitar if you have doubts about it. The guitar can compete (and to win) with any other custom guitar from the other well known brands you are thinking about.

The guitar is accompanied by a hard-shell case - extremely good (in my case a beautiful white one) - and a certificate of authentication, numbered and personally signed by Dr. Brian May which is itself an extraordinary gift.

Many thanks to all of you; Dr. Brian May, Peter Malandrone, Greg Fryer, Andrew Guyton, Kazutaka Ijuin, the House Music Team (Gill, Barry, Katie, etc.), Adrian Turner, Bohemia Electric Corp and all those who have contributed to the design and construction of this incredible creature.

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36 of 36 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
I Love The Super
Friday, 2 October 2015  | 

I bought my first Super in March.

If you love Queen music and Brian May’s guitar playing, or just love to play a wonderful guitar then you couldn’t ask for more than the Brian May Super.

The build quality is superb and only matched by the quality of sound that comes out of it. With 3 on/off pickup switches and 3 in/out of phase switches the varieties of sounds are enormous, from a light melodic sound to a heavy overdriven sound they are all there.

So if you want a Brian May sound or something totally different all of your own you can create it.

As with the original, it has a thick, chunky neck with 24 accessible frets and a tremolo that returns perfectly time after time. The touch you need on it is so light it makes it really easy to play. Even through my little Vox VT20+ it gives a big sound.

So with its great build quality and great versatility if you are playing in your bedroom or on a massive stage you would have to go a long way to beat it.

Added to that the service from Barry and all of the House Music team has been outstanding.

I love this guitar.

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41 of 41 people found this review helpful.