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

 
List Price £795.00

UK / EU Discount Price £695.00 Inc.VAT
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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

 
List Price £825.00

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The best-selling BMG Special model gets the custom treatment in this selection of LIMITED EDITION instruments featuring the same great specifications, but with new finishes and hardware combinations that offer a fresh perspective on the classic BM template.

The BMG Super

 
EXCLUSIVE TO BRIAN MAY GUITARS

UK / EU Price  £2,950.00 Inc.VAT
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A devastatingly authentic, handcrafted replica of the Red Special, the limited edition BMG SUPER is the result of a all-star international collaboration between 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 Brian's storied original as accurately as possible at a price that won't completely break the bank.

The BMG Mini May

 
AS USED BY BRIAN MAY ON THE 2016 ONE VOICE TOUR

UK / EU Price  £245.00 Inc.VAT
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The fun-sized, 22.7" scale, Red Special flavoured BMG 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 - now suitably supportive of global conservation efforts, the new 2019 version will be available for international purchase, without restriction... ONE WORLD, ONE MINI MAY!!

The BMG Bass

 
List Price £825.00

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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

 
AS USED BY BRIAN MAY ON THE 2016 QUEEN TOUR

UK / EU Discount Price £495.00 Inc.VAT
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The exact same instrument played by Brian May on the 2016 One Voice tour with Kerry Ellis and the Queen + Adam Lambert European summer festival shows, this is a superb, small-bodied, next generation electro-acoustic guitar designed in collaboration with the maestro himself, featuring a distinctive Red Special style, double cutaway design and serious, professional quality, on-board electronics.

The BMG Uke

 
List Price £245.00

UK / EU Discount Price £220.00 Inc.VAT
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Another Brian May Guitars original design... THE BMG UKE 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 Hire, Tour & 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

A selection of original BMG replacement hardware, scratchplates, tremolo arms, premium quality branded fitted hard cases and gig bags, Optima Gold guitar strings, Elites superior quality electric and acoustic guitar strings plus exclusive Brian May Guitars apparel, G7th Signature capos, 100% vegan BMG Custom Straps, and the amazing BMG Treble Booster Classic foot pedal.

Latest BMG Customer Reviews

Rating:  
Nice Guitar!
Wednesday, 30 October 2019  |  Joseph

The BMG Special came to me nicely set up ready to play. The action is comfortably low and the intonation is good. The build, finish and workmanship of the guitar is very good.

I purchased the guitar with the hard shell case. At the start the guitar fits very snug and the case will need a bit of breaking in. But overall the case is very high quality.

My only gripe about the guitar is the inability to give the tremolo bar some tension. I like to leave the bar in a stationary position rather than leaving it slack. But overall this is a fine guitar at its price point.


Rating:  
The right strings
Tuesday, 29 October 2019  |  ŘYvind

Perfect strings for my beautiful Red Special. The shopping was smooth and the items arrived in Norway a coiple of days after the shopping was done.


Rating:  
Wonderful
Tuesday, 29 October 2019  |  Heike

My guitar arrived safely. Thank you for the quick delivery. She is wonderful.


Rating:  
Great product and service!
Thursday, 24 October 2019  |  Oleg

Absolutely the best! Thank you for taking such a good care of your customer! God bless!


Rating:  
Feels great, sounds great
Monday, 21 October 2019  |  Barbara

Absolutely love the guitar and sound... feels great, sounds great.


Rating:  
A pleasure to play
Monday, 21 October 2019  |  Vance

The guitar and gig bag arrived in perfect condition from England in a box that had protected it. I was initially struck by the beauty of the finish. It is a gorgeous instrument. I have really enjoyed playing it. The neck is thin, but a little wider than I am used to, which makes complicated chords more comfortable to play. The pickups have a very balanced tone - with all three on, you have neither the exaggerated brightness of a single-coil or the midrange hump of a humbucker. This allows you to shape the sound any way you want.

I guess my only very minor complaint was that it came strung with very light gauge strings, which I plan to replace. I really love this guitar!