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 £40).

The Exclusive BMG Gift Pack Includes :

  • An official BM Sixpence commemorating the 2008 Queen + Paul Rodgers Rock The Cosmos Tour
  • Brian May Guitars Classic Logo T-Shirt in Heather Indigo
  • A Set of Elites Electric Guitar Strings
  • A Brian May Guitars Microfibre Polishing Cloth + BMG sticker

Please choose your T-shirt size and string gauge at the checkout

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 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:  
Amazing
Friday, 16 October 2020  |  Nate

This is an amazing guitar, and I’m so happy that I purchased it. The different tones you can get on this guitar make you want to play it for hours. It is beautiful in every aspect, and the attention to detail is flawless.

I was hesitant for years on buying a guitar that I would not be able to play prior to purchasing, and I live in the USA. This is the easiest guitar I have ever played. The shipping was great as it only took four days.

This guitar gets rave reviews. Now I know why


Rating:  
Great guitar strap for my Honeyburst Special
Thursday, 15 October 2020  |  Armand

First - I was a little bit disappointed, that the strap was not real leather but based on Brian's philosophy to protect the animals, I appreciate his idea and I start loving the strap and, in the meantime, I find that it's the coolest guitar strap ever, with the two little plectrum-pockets (super idea!) and a very cool adjusting system, fine (synthetic) materials make the strap very comfortable and durable! Thanks! Well done, Mr. May!


Rating:  
Wonderful
Tuesday, 13 October 2020  |  David

Thank you, Brian, for making these wonderful guitars, I have played Strats, PRS, Ibanez and Jacksons and the minute I picked this up, I knew it was right. Thank you for your build quality, for your quality control, for your amazing price point – bearing in mind the quality of the instrument, you and your father sure designed a great guitar, love and peace.


Rating:  
Customer service is outstanding
Sunday, 11 October 2020  |  Christopher

I purchased this guitar for my teenage son for his birthday. I was afraid I was not going to get it in time so I sent them and email and not only did I hear back from them right away but they made sure it arrived on time. The customer service is outstanding and my son loves his new guitar. It is definitely worth the money. I will definitely be purchasing from them again. Thank you, Gill and everyone at Brian May Guitars.


Rating:  
Unbelievable and versatile
Friday, 9 October 2020  |  Mandy

Dear Brian... I would like to thank you personally for this unbelievable and versatile instrument!! I've it got today from Musicstore Köln. I'm really totally flashed about the craftmanship, the playability, and from the sound of this wonderful baby!!!

I'm a studio guitarist in Austria and I know what a good guitar is! I'm so happy with your guitar and I´m sure, this baby will be with me on stage all the times next year - so COVID-19 is hopefully history...!

All the best to you... stay in good health and many greetings from Styria, Austria.

Cordial, Mandy.


Rating:  
What a great quality guitar!
Monday, 5 October 2020  |  Keith

Can I just say how impressed I was on opening this product. I had tried playing this model in my local Epsom branch of Guitar Guitar. This is first time I have bought an unseen guitar online & I couldn’t be happier. All arrived intact and in beautiful condition. I have a collection of approximately 30 guitars of electric / acoustic versions, with some of the more well known brands; Gibson, Fenders etc., but I have to say that this BMG Special has possibly the nicest fretboard in terms of feel & width at the nut and is an absolute dream to play. The tuners and just everything oozes quality. Brian & his Dad got this so right, although I of course, realise this is a replica. I am very proud to own this model & it will enjoy pride of place within my collection.


Rating:  
Excellent
Thursday, 1 October 2020  |  Michael

I really like this guitar, it just feels "really right". Better than other guitars I have that are more expensive. I am having a little trouble setting the action up as low as I want, but that's a reflection on me not the guitar. It plays really nice, it is surprisingly light yet very solid.

If you want a good guitar at a good price you simply can't go wrong with this one!


Rating:  
I'm in love with my guitar!
Monday, 28 September 2020  |  EDU

I've just started taking lessons. I had a very cheap guitar, the plug broke and my local music house said they were not bothered to repair it because it wasn't worth the effort. Then I had a better one which I shared with my son, but is incredibly heavy for me to work with. So I thought it was the ideal occasion to invest in something for myself. Ordered last week and received today - Monday- amazing service, but this I am used to from the BMG people.

The guitar is breathtakingly beautiful, size and weight are totally fine for me. And it sounds so good! It has the best strings I've ever played! As I'm just learning, there are thousands of features I cannot even dream of yet, but my fingers feel so comfy on the frets!!


Rating:  
Amazing guitar
Monday, 28 September 2020  |  IAN

I class myself as an intermediate guitarist and managed to at last save up and treat myself. Not disappointed at all, looks stunning, feels great and out of all guitars I have plays beautifully. Recommend to anybody. Would you expect anything else from an instrument endorsed by probably the world's greatest guitarist. 10 out of 10.


Rating:  
Nice guitar, nice job, nice website
Monday, 28 September 2020  |  Livio

The guitar has arrived perfectly to my home. The finish is a little bit more bright than image in the website but it's okay anyway, the Antique Cherry finish (that I have) is too dark. Anyway, I changed the pickups with a set wound by me with right isotropic ferrite magnets (as with Antique Cherry) and now it sounds perfectly.

Nice guitar, nice job, nice website. Greetings from Southern Italy!!


Rating:  
I'm in love with my guitar
Saturday, 26 September 2020  |  Enrique

Hello folks, I bought my BMG in a shop of my city, Tenerife, and what can I say? As a Queen fan, it's like a dream to have this guitar.