For a limited period only, treat yourself to a brand new Brian May Guitars Special, complete with an exclusive FREE BMG GIFT PACK (worth over £50).
THIS EXCLUSIVE GIFT PACK CONTAINS
An official BM Sixpence commemorating the 2008 Queen + Paul Rodgers Rock The Cosmos Tour A Brian May Guitars Classic Logo T-Shirt A Set of Optima 24 Carat Gold Brian May Signature Strings A Brian May Guitars Microfibre Polishing Cloth + BMG sticker
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Promotion available strictly while stocks last. Applies to new purchases of the classic Antique Cherry BMG Special and in-stock LE Series variants. Not available on purchases of Art Series models, signed guitars or instruments from the BMG Tour, Hire & B-Stock collection.
Welcome to the Official Home of Brian May Guitars
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 Arielle
Brian May Guitars are delighted to present a brand new addition to the BMG line for 2021, the result of a fresh collaboration between Dr. Brian May and American singer, songwriter and guitarist Arielle and the first original build that the Queen virtuoso has contributed to since he and his father embarked on the construction of the Red Special almost 60 years ago.
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The BMG Special
Meticulously modelled on 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 Aaron Armstrong, 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, 100% Vegan Custom Straps, exclusive BMG apparel, replacement pickguards, tremolo arms and control knobs, custom BM capos, Optima and Elites strings, AmpliTube Brian May modelling software, remarkable Nigel Knight designed BMG electronics, and more!
I have owned hundreds of guitar cables over the years and this one has to be the best one ever. It doesn't make a peep when connecting to the guitar and there is no humm. It is absolutely brilliant. Love it
I received my guitar today and Im really happy to discover it in the real - she is so beautiful and I cant wait to start playing it tomorrow!
I would also like to thank you for the quick shipment and the efficiency of your service. To be honest, I was not expecting that she would arrive so rapidly. Its a birthday gift to myself and I thought It was more prudent to order it a few weeks in advance to have it in time. Now its sure that I will definitively not miss the date... in May!
I was going to treat myself to one of these beauties last year - other things got in the way - but I finally managed to acquire in March 21.
First of all, the shopping experience with BMG was outstanding - very straightforward, great communication and updates, and extremely secure. My BMG Special was with me within 3 days, very well packaged, and in one hell of a sturdy box.
As for the instrument itself, it arrived in perfect condition. Nicely polished, good amount of protective film over the scratch plate, pick-ups etc. and for once this film was easy to remove - I've had many a challenge on other guitars in the past. Minimal set-up required and almost in perfect tune ;o)
The fretboard is to die for and the action is incredible - you merely have to present your fingers to the board and the notes ring out. Tested the tone via small BOSS practice amp with no FX and though a more meatier 250W PA utilising 3 Multi FX units (BOSS GT-100, Zoom G5 and a Line 6 POD 2.0). Outstanding tone quality and the in/out phase switches are amazing.
Finally I hooked it up to the Amplitube BM rig - enough said - stunning.
I would thoroughly recommend this guitar and would strongly advise any buyers to purchase direct from BMG.
The guitar arrived well-packaged and on time in a nicely padded, and well protected, Brian May Guitars bag. Once out of the bag the guitar is stunning - an affordable alternative to the BMG Super that still more than excels when plugged into an amp. It sounds great, especially when you start experimenting with the pickup and phase combinations which give it that iconic Brian May tone. While it sounds amazing plugged straight into the amp, an additional treble booster pedal will help you get that classic 'scream' that the "Old Lady" is known for. It is not difficult to play, with the strings being easy to bend, yet still staying in tune, and the 24 frets give it a slightly larger range than most guitars which usually have 21/22 frets.
While I have not needed to change the strings yet, the tuners DO lock, meaning string changes are substantially quicker and easier. I would recommend getting a set of Brian May strings (Optima Golds, Gauge .009-.042) in order to enhance that sound and playability that little bit more.
Overall I am extremely impressed with the quality, looks and sound of the guitar. It is well worth it for the price you pay and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a Red Special inspired guitar.
Having done some research on treble boosters over the last few months, I was convinced that I needed one to help me achieve the sound I was looking for. My main guitar is a Les Paul going into an original Marshall Silver Jubilee combo. The sound is great, but a little muddy when the amp is cranked up.
My first impression when plugging in the Brian May TB classic was a bit underwhelming until I sent my guitar into the clean channel with the master volume turned down a bit. It made a huge difference and sounded much nearer the sound I was looking for.
Would definitely recommend this pedal as it can definitely add that treble sweet spot to make your guitar sing.
After playing around and recording with the different presets, using my AXE I/O, I can, with great confidence, say that the Brian May presets on AmpliTube are absolutely perfect. Granted, nothing will ever be 100% to what Brian created back in the days, but this is as close as I could ever hope on getting, without spending thousands of pound on equipment.
I already have the Red Special and love how close the sound was to Brian's sound, but also wanted a acoustic guitar with the ability to mix piezo pickup and built-in mic to get a rich acoustic sound into a amp, or mixer for recording.
Not so big as some acoustic guitars, so easy to handle, and with a nice low action on the strings for easy fretting without killing your fingers.
The Red Special is a beautiful guitar and plays wonderfully. The overall care in trim is wonderful and the components are magnificent. I was impressed by the great communication, fast shipping, and great packaging. This was a wonderful experience.
The BMG ArielleRRP : £895.00Worldwide Price : £662.50UK Price :£795.00 Inc. 20% VAT (1)