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Roger Newell | Guitarist Magazine | September 2013
Tone is supplied by twin vintage styled, chrome covered pickups - a fat Gibson-esque humbucker up front providing an earthy, low end counterpoint to the bright, cutting response of a bridge position Tri-Sonic style single coil. Onboard electronics feature a classic, no-frills passive circuit, providing individual volume and master treble roll-off control.
Hardware comprises a modern, heavy-duty, chrome, high-mass roller bridge, BM style, aluminium "top-hat" control knobs and state-of-the-art Hipshot Ultralite tuners.
The ‘Bri Bass’ is strung with Bass Centre Elites "Detroit" flatwound strings for super-smooth fundamentals and, in keeping with the classic Red Special styling, finished in a rich Antique Cherry with a one-piece black scratchplate.
The BMG Bass comes complete with premium quality padded gig bag made from hardwearing shower-proof material featuring twin rucksack-style shoulder straps, side and front grab handles, dual front pockets and a stitched Brian May Guitars logo.
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Roger Newell | Guitarist Magazine | September 2012
Whilst Roger Newell admits that he initially found the concept of a Brian May style bass "a somewhat curious design choice", the Guitarist Magazine veteran and bass guru certainly seems to have warmed to the idea, discovering that the BMG Bass is "well styled", "nicely built" and delivers an "unexpected variety of solid sounds".
In this 4 Star Review, Roger concludes that "If you want something off the beaten track, the Brian May Bass has a great deal to offer".
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As a bass player for a long time and fan of Dr. May, I was interested in this beautiful instrument.When I opened the box it was a good surprise, as beautiful as my BMG Special. The knobs look better! No trouble with the weight! The scale is good and playing with pick-up knobs can give you a good sound between the hell of the humbucker and the sharpness of the single.The width of the neck is quite huge but doesn't give me any trouble. Mine had been shipped without flatwound strings, I changed the roundwound for flats and it's really better, smoother.The electronics are also good quality - no noise, no scratches. Plugged in my fuzz, I can have a bigger feedback on my amp than my guitarist. I really enjoy this bass... if you're thinking about something different in shape with an amazing groove, buy it.Greetings from Limoges, France !
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Just a personal observation... I recently bought a BMG Bass and really love the the sound and medium scale. If I'm being honest, coming from playing a Fender Jazz, with its 38mm neck, if the BMG bass had a tad narrower neck (45mm is a bit wide) to me, it would be the perfect bass.As said, just a personal preference. It's the only thing to me that lets it down. Love it otherwise!
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