The BMG Super - Antique Cherry

The BMG Super - Antique Cherry
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We are now accepting pre-orders for the next delivery of BMG Super models, from which there are strictly limited stocks available.

A minimum deposit payment of £500 is required to secure your order with Instruments allocated on a strictly "first come-first served" basis.

  Please call the BMG team on +44 (0) 1276 453 079 for details

"The dream of all Brian May fans has finally been realised.
The Super 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 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 genius 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, 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 material... century-old fireplace surrounds being thin on the ground, 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 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 breakdown of the intricacies of the Super's development

Adeson Burns Tri-Sonic® Pickups


Developed by Adrian Turner under license from Burns London, these are identical re-creations of the Tri-Sonic pickups built between 1960 - 1965, using exactly the same construction and components - they are even wound 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 Guyton guitars) differ in several important regards compared to standard Tri-Sonics and, in conjunction with the 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 Super by requesting a notification of availability from the price panel at the top of this page.

Extras


The 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.

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/Fryer Custom Modified Burns Tri-Sonic® Series Wired, Single Coil
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 3.22kg (7.1lbs)
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

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

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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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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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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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