The BMG Bass - Antique Cherry

The BMG Bass - Antique Cherry
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"Delightful to play, with its own character and sounds – recommended"

Roger Newell | Guitarist Magazine | September 2013

The BMG Bass is a medium scale instrument, made in the same spirit as Brian’s iconic Red Special, with a compact, bound, double cutaway mahogany body and 31.5” scale neck, topped with a smooth, 20 fret ebony fingerboard.

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.

Gareth Morgan | Guitar & Bass Magazine | August 2014

"Even if the inescapable Queen association doesn’t appeal to you, the Brian May Bass is still a refreshing ’60s-inspired instrument"

Gareth Morgan, one of the UK's foremost 4-string experts, finds that there is plenty of fun to be had with the BMG Bass in his glowing appraisal of the instrument for the August 2014 issue of G&B.
Gareth rates highly the playability of this medium scale beauty and, construction-wise, gives particular credit to the "expertly applied" Antique Cherry finish and "comfortable and highly playable" matching neck.
Sonically, he finds even more to be excited about... "The basic sound - both pickups on, with the tone knob at full - is excellent: nice and fat with growling lows and an overall feeling of controlled aggression".
In his summary, we think Gareth is right on the money when he declares the BMG Bass "an unusual and fine-looking beast with a heap of ’60s flavour which harks back to wilder times".
Better still, he found it "highly playable and great fun to whizz around on"... isn't that what bass playing should always be about!?

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Roger Newell | Guitarist Magazine | September 2012

"Delightful to play, with its own character and sounds – recommended"

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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Strange kind of bass !
Monday, 26 September 2016  | 

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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Wednesday, 15 June 2016  | 

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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