Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a selection of responses to some of the questions that we often get asked about the Brian May Guitars range and our services. Most of the answers can be found elsewhere on the site and you will find links here to the relevant sections for more detailed information.

We have tried to be as comprehensive as we can, so please have a good look through the site as chances are, your enquiry is answered either here or on our product or customer support pages!

If you still need further information or clarification, then please contact us by Telephone, by direct Email or via the form on our CONTACT PAGE

 

The BMG Special

LE refers to our range of LIMITED EDITION models - As the name implies, these exclusive instruments are produced in strictly limited quantities on a rotating basis for players who want something a little different... they share the same basic specifications as the classic Antique Cherry Special model, but feature alternative finishes, pickguards and hardware combinations.

Read more about the BMG LE Series HERE

The Wilkinson WVP bridge features a custom, push-in tremolo arm that is secured by a clamping bush which can be tightened to taste by a small allen bolt on the rear of the block. The thread-less design means that the arm can be positioned at any orientation without interference.

See detailed instructions for fitting the tremolo arm HERE

The BMG Special model is supplied complete with a premium quality, custom gig bag made from durable showerproof material with twin, rucksack-style shoulder straps, side and front grab handles, dual front pockets, and stitched Brian May Guitars logo.

A professional grade, British made BMG custom Hiscox "Liteflite" hard case is also available to purchase either with the BMG Special, or seprarately. The case features a bespoke, form-fitting interior specifically designed for the unqiue proportions of the BMG Special (and other RS style instruments). When the case is purchased WITH a guitar, customers will also receive the gig bag.

Read more about BMG Cases and Gig Bags HERE

Yes! The BMG Special is produced in a left handed version although, as part of our LE Series, only in strictly limited quantities according to demand. If delivery of any LE Series model is scheduled, the month of arrival will be marked on the product.

If you wish to be notified when any model comes in to stock, please navigate to the relevant product page and click the link on the top left of the page. An email will be sent to you as soon as stocks are available to purchase.

All BMG Special models bear a unique BHM prefixed 4, 5 or 6 digit serial number applied by transfer either vertically or horizontally to the rear of the headstock which denotes the year of manufacture and the production sequence.

Check the year of production of your guitar HERE

 

The BMG Special LE Series

LE refers to our range of LIMITED EDITION models - As the name implies, these exclusive instruments are produced in strictly limited quantities on a rotating basis for players who want something a little different... they share the same basic specifications as the classic Antique Cherry Special model, but feature alternative finishes, pickguards and hardware combinations.

Read more about the BMG LE Series HERE

The Wilkinson WVP bridge features a custom, push-in tremolo arm that is secured by a clamping bush which can be tightened to taste by a small allen bolt on the rear of the block. The thread-less design means that the arm can be positioned at any orientation without interference.

See detailed instructions for fitting the tremolo arm HERE

The BMG Special model is supplied complete with a premium quality, custom gig bag made from durable showerproof material with twin, rucksack-style shoulder straps, side and front grab handles, dual front pockets, and stitched Brian May Guitars logo.

A professional grade, British made BMG custom Hiscox "Liteflite" hard case is also available to purchase either with the BMG Special, or seprarately. The case features a bespoke, form-fitting interior specifically designed for the unqiue proportions of the BMG Special (and other RS style instruments). When the case is purchased WITH a guitar, customers will also receive the gig bag.

Read more about BMG Cases and Gig Bags HERE

All BMG Special models bear a unique BHM prefixed 4, 5 or 6 digit serial number applied by transfer either vertically or horizontally to the rear of the headstock which denotes the year of manufacture and the production sequence.

Check the year of production of your guitar HERE

 

The BMG SE Series [Signature Edition]

Since 2016, to coincide with Brian May's live perfomances with Kerry Ellis and Queen + Adam Lambert Tours BMG have offered all ticket holders the opportunity to purchase a BMG guitar signed by Dr.Brian May.

  • 2016 One Voice European Tour - Signed BMG Mini May
  • 2016 Q+AL European Tour - Signed BMG Rhapsody or Mini May
  • 2017 Q+AL North American Tour - Signed BMG Special
  • 2017 Q+AL Europe/UK Tour - Signed BMG Special
  • 2018 Q+AL Australia/New Zealand Tour - Signed BMG Special
  • 2018 Q+AL European Tour - Signed BMG Special
  • 2018 Q+AL Las Veags Residency - TBA

Current and future BMG signed guitar promotions will be advertised on the BMG website, our social media channels and in tour brochures.

Brian uses a Sharpie brand metallic paint marker.

Other than ensuring that it not exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods, there should be no need to protect the signature if the guitar has been purchased for display purposes. However, being signed on the body's upper bout, the signature signed guitar will almost certainly wear off during playing... to prevent this, there are two options we suggest.

1. Get some good quality clear self adhesive film and apply this over the signed area, with all corners rounded so there are no sharp corners where the film can start to peel off with playing.

2. Apply a clear lacquer encapsulating coat on the top of the guitar... we strongly recommend that this is carried out by a respected professional.

The logistics of organising for Brian to sign up to several hundred guitars prevent us from offering the option of a personalised autograph.

No, but Brian May's long standing and well publicized, official and personal involvement with Brian May Guitars is provenance enough to ensure the authenticity of his signature.

Demand is inevitably high for our signed guitar promotions so, as well as increasing production, we have to find cunning ways to work around Brian's increasingly hectic schedule to organise way more signing sessions than we had planned for. As it is simply not logistically possible to have hundreds of guitars signed in one sitting, we have to prepare them in batches, deliver them to Brian's home, oversee the autograph process, collect them and arrange final despatch... it's quite the painstaking process!

Orders are allocated and processed in strict order and we always advocate patience,

Check the year of production of your guitar HERE

 

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Read more about the BMG LE Series HERE

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  • 2016 One Voice European Tour - Signed BMG Mini May
  • 2016 Q+AL European Tour - Signed BMG Rhapsody or Mini May
  • 2017 Q+AL North American Tour - Signed BMG Special
  • 2017 Q+AL Europe/UK Tour - Signed BMG Special
  • 2018 Q+AL Australia/New Zealand Tour - Signed BMG Special
  • 2018 Q+AL European Tour - Signed BMG Special
  • 2018 Q+AL Las Veags Residency - TBA