This month, keep calm, stay healthy & rock the lockdown with a brand new Brian May Guitars Special, complete with a FREE BMG CUSTOM STRAP (worth £54.50).

Elegant, environmentally friendly, practical, super-comfortable and built to last, these superb, handmade, 100% vegan signature straps feature durable, lightweight construction, non-slip, sweat-wicking microfibre lining, a unique easy adjustment system, and double pick/sixpence holder.

Brian May Guitars Custom Straps are completely free of animal product, with every aspect of their construction and composition guaranteed animal cruelty-free.

Available in Red, Black, Red Stripe or Beige (while stocks last) - please be sure to make your choice when you check out!

Promotion available strictly while stocks last.
Applies to new purchases of the classic Antique Cherry BMG Special plus currently in-stock LE Series variants.
Offer does not apply to purchases of B-Stock items.

Welcome To Brian May Guitars... The Official Web Site

If you are interested in purchasing a guitar built to the design of my original Red Special, you have come to the right place…

It has been quite a journey to arrive at this point. Through the years there has been a multitude of replicas of the “Old Lady” built by both amateurs and professionals, including two major issues - from Guild Guitars of the USA, and Burns UK - but, as of 2004, I am pleased to say that the commercial Red Special has at last come home.

I was concerned that it ought to be me personally who controlled the design and manufacture of these instruments and so I have teamed up with Barry Moorhouse of House Music and Pete Malandrone, my long-time tech man, to create a brand new range, our aim being to make the absolute best products at an affordable price, so that all may enjoy the special sound and feel of a Brian May designed guitar.

Cheers - and Rock!!

 

The BMG Special

Inspired by the legendary Red Special, the BMG SPECIAL features superb build quality, awesome playability and an astonishingly rich diversity of killer tones.

In fact, it delivers everything you'd expect from an instrument engineered to the unique and exacting standards of one of the world's greatest musicians but with an amazingly affordable price-tag that belies its superior appointments and performance.

The BMG Special LE Series

Our best-selling model gets the custom treatment with a selection of limited edition instruments featuring the same great specs, but with fantastic new finish and hardware combinations that bring a fresh look to the classic RS template... because it doesn't have to be RED to be SPECIAL.

The BMG Super

A devastatingly authentic, handcrafted modern replica of the Red Special, the BMG SUPER is the result of a all-star international collaboration between Dr. Brian May and his long serving guitar tech Pete Malandrone, House Music's Barry Moorhouse, British electronics wizard Adrian Turner, Australian Red-specialist Greg Fryer, Japanese master craftsman Kazutaka Ijuin and the superb luthiers at New Bohemia in the Czech Republic. Every aspect of The Super's construction and appointments - from the acoustic chambered, mahogany body shape and neck profile to the custom made, knife-edge tremolo and exclusive BMG Adeson-spec Super® pickups - has been painstakingly rendered to replicate the storied original as accurately as possible at a price that won't completely break the bank.

The BMG Mini May

The fun-sized, 22.7" scale, Red Special flavoured MINI MAY with its lightweight, ultra-compact, edge bound meranti body, satin finish maple neck, 18 fret merbau fingerboard, and single Tri-Sonic style pickup makes a perfect travel companion and, now suitably supportive of global conservation efforts, is available for international purchase, without restriction... ONE WORLD, ONE MINI MAY!!

The BMG Bass

Featuring the instantly recognisable outline and aesthetics of the "Old Lady" herself, the unique BMG BASS is a striking, retro styled, medium scale, twin pickup instrument with a powerful, rich bass response and versatile, aggressive tone.

The BMG Rhapsody

The same instrument played by Brian May on the intimate One Voice tour with Kerry Ellis and on the Queen + Adam Lambert European summer festival shows in 2016, this superb, small-bodied, next generation electro-acoustic guitar has been designed in collaboration with the maestro himself and features the Red Special's distinctive double cutaway design and serious, professional quality, Fishman® Flex on-board electronics.

The BMG Tenor Uke

Another Brian May Guitars original design, The BMG UKULELE is a perfect partner for the BMG Special or Super, as well as a fantastic, travel-ready instrument in its own right. Featuring an under-saddle pickup and fully featured Fishman® Kula on-board preamp, this tenor-sized model is equally at home on a big stage or in an intimate, acoustic environment.

The BMG Art Series

The Art Series is a brand new range of limited edition BMG instruments featuring premium quality, original artwork and exclusive recreations of classic Queen album covers.

BMG Tour, Hire & B-Stock

Exclusive from Brian May Guitars, a chance to get a great deal on instruments from our tour and hire inventory, as well as on B-Stock, open-box, and ex-demonstration models - All items available strictly while stocks last.

BMG Accessories & Apparel


 

Fitted hard cases and gig bags, exclusive BMG apparel and custom straps, replacement pickguards, tremolo arms and control knobs, custom capos, Optima and Elites strings, modelling software and the remarkable Nigel Knight designed BMG Treble Booster Classic...

Latest BMG Customer Reviews


Rating:  
I couldn't be happier
Friday, 15 May 2020  |  Scott

I couldn't be happier, the guitar is everything I expected and more. I was a bit concerned with a guitar coming all the way from London to the US but it made it safely. It has become my favorite guitar and I will enjoy playing it forever.

Thanks Brian for making it possible to own a piece of rock history so we can make our own. Oh, and other than a quick tune this guitar was set up perfectly. The action was also perfect! Bravo! Gentleman!


Rating:  
Even better than I dared dream!
Friday, 15 May 2020  |  David

This guitar is the best guitar I have ever played. Not only is it a brilliant replica of my hero's guitar, it is a magnificent guitar in its own right. The finish is spectacular, the action is light and low, it holds tuning, the tremolo is perfect... and the sound! Brian is in there... I love it.

Also only took 8 days to get from London to my house in Australia. Only thing I'm annoyed about is that I waited until I was 47 to buy one


Rating:  
Fantastic
Thursday, 14 May 2020  |  Stephen

Fantastic item I shall be back... STAY SAFE!


Rating:  
Sounds like it looks - excellent
Wednesday, 13 May 2020  |  Patrick

I've paired it with a Yamaha THR5A for home use and I am completely blown away! Plays nice and easy and sounds great. 10/10 - would buy again.


Rating:  
Superb guitar - so little and yet so big
Wednesday, 13 May 2020  |  Jose

What a fantastic guitar... a body so small and yet such a great sound without being connected.
When I connected the guitar the balance between the 2 mics is fantastic, and you can change that... WOW.

Great sound, great playability even with 012 strings, and so so light... 5 stars!!!


Rating:  
Beautiful strap
Thursday, 7 May 2020  |  Christina

This was a present for my husband to go with his Red Special, and it complements it beautifully. We love how the strap is fully vegan leather and the quality is amazing, well worth the money and the service was spot on. Arrived quickly and well packaged, thank you!


Rating:  
Flawless Antique Cherry
Thursday, 7 May 2020  |  James

Reaching out to express my gratitude. I just recently received my guitar, and I cannot begin to say how excited I was to hear it was being delivered especially during a worldwide crisis. I was blown away.

This package made it from London to Cleveland in 3 days without one scratch on the outside box. Amazing. But WOW once I opened... I was so surprised by the quality and workmanship put into this instrument. Truly outstanding. As a longtime fan of Queen Music and the unique sound of Brian's Red Special, this guitar will forever be part of me, my home and family. Special thanks go out to those involved in making this all happen - Barry Moorhouse & Gill Moorhouse in Sales; David Good the communicator on the Social Media Team and, of course, Brian May.

Flawless transaction with so much happening right now. In conclusion. if anyone is a big fan like me and interested in a guitar, these are the guys to go to. Don't settle for anything less. The kindness from this BMG Team goes along way.

With Sincere Appreciation, Jim D Macedonia Ohio USA
Best Wishes, guys. Keep healthy!


Rating:  
Wow!
Monday, 4 May 2020  |  Daniel

I was lucky enough to get a Brian May signed one from the KJA 2020 tour promotion. This is a very very very good guitar. The playability is amazingly smooth and the various pickup/phase combinations make for many tone combinations. The Grover locking machine heads are really great, the finish is beautiful, and the guitar certainly has a top end feel to it.

Since this one is signed I don't want to play it much though, to preserve the beautiful signature. But I will probably get me another one soon!


Rating:  
Love the versatility
Monday, 4 May 2020  |  David

Received the guitar recently. It beats my expectations with great playability. Love the versatility with the pickup switching. Really nice hard case with the guitar, although the soft case was really usable.


Rating:  
A-May-zing quality
Friday, 1 May 2020  |  Maria

Amazing fabric quality and a very unique pattern. Fabric is so soft it feels like silk to the touch. Definitely a must-have in your closet!