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 a choice of colours - 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:  
This guitar conjures up the magical sound of Queen
Thursday, 25 June 2020  |  Windischbauer

On June 22nd, 2020 I got this beautiful guitar in Freistadt (Austria). The BMG is brilliantly made and the color antique cherry is just beautiful. The sound of this BMG is brilliant, and I only play on my Katana MKII. As a pick, I ordered a sixpence coin on Ebay to appreciate Brian's guitar art. Thanks, Brian May for the opportunity to receive this BMG. God save the queen - rock on! Best regards, Joe


Rating:  
One beautiful guitar!!
Monday, 22 June 2020  |  Carlos

My guitar finally arrived on Thursday. I have to say it is one beautiful guitar!! I wanted to take time to thank all of the staff at BMG for the quick shipping and also the packing of the guitar!! The guitar strap is amazing, and also the gig bag!! Cheers to you all!!


Rating:  
The secret ingredient!!
Wednesday, 3 June 2020  |  Carl

I have been chasing the Brian May sound for years and was umming and ahing over buying this pedal. But I have to say it's the best thing I have done. It's a great pedal and really is the missing piece of the puzzle you need to get the sound you want.


Rating:  
The best guitar I have played.
Tuesday, 2 June 2020  |  Daniel

The neck on the guitar is super comfortable for me. It sounds amazing and it is so versatile. Extremely good guitar for the money, a five out of five.


Rating:  
Nice guitar, nice shop
Monday, 1 June 2020  |  Christophe

Only five days to receive this guitar (to France during Covid crisis). Tried on a Vox AC30 (in studio), what a sound. Recommended.


Rating:  
Well done... a beautiful guitar
Friday, 29 May 2020  |  Wesley

I’ve had an eye on acquiring a Red Special guitar for years and under these unusual global circumstances I could focus on things not otherwise possible.

I am very impressed by the build quality and the feel of this guitar as I’ve adjusted it to my playing style. Also pleasantly surprised to receive in excellent order my RS in just under 5 days (from the UK, customs to Vancouver Canada).

The promptness and professional responses from Dave Good and Gill Moorhouse shows their care towards what they do. Many thanks to Dr. May, BMG and House Music. Thumbs up also to the included custom strap and the flexible fantastic sounds of AmpliTube Brian May.


Rating:  
Great quality and pain-free shipping
Thursday, 28 May 2020  |  Fredrik

Treble booster sounds absolutely amazing with the Red Special, shipping was on time and it was an allround good shopping-experience.


Rating:  
Amazing quarantine decision
Wednesday, 27 May 2020  |  Gabriel

Just to share that I just simply acquired a masterpiece (made in Korea, which generated some questions in the 1st place my side), but still a masterpiece. The tones, excellent wood finish, color, texture and sound, simply perfect. Need to state that besides I have finally understood all possibilities of pick ups combinations, I've enjoyed how smooth the transition over the guitar arm is.

Remarking image in web page is less spectacular than having this black and gold babe in front of me; receiving it in perfect conditions just in 15 days coming from the UK, directly to my doorstep (took longer time at Mexico's customs). It was the finest way to consolidate a great customer experience.

Thanks very much for helping me in this great acquisition, that given the hard and frustrating times of Covid19, it's simply a blessing.


Rating:  
Well maybe it should be Brian May - AmpliTube
Wednesday, 27 May 2020  |  Magne

Fantastic product - Here you will get Dr. May`s "Red Special" sound regardless which guitar you use.


Rating:  
Rocks harder than anything out there
Wednesday, 27 May 2020  |  Hugh

I'll preface this by saying that the setup out of the box was pretty appalling, the strings were way too high and it wouldn't stay in tune for more than a few minutes. The guitar did come a long ways, so that is somewhat to be expected, and a fresh set of strings and a few hours of tweaking got it playing great.

With that out of the way, this is simply a fantastic instrument. The flawless sunburst finish sits on a gorgeous mahogany top, the workmanship is solid, and most importantly you can get all the great Brian may tones. I play it through a treble booster into a little Vox tube amp. Crank the volume and the gain on the amp, and with the volume up on the guitar you get that great saturated sound à la 'Hammer to Fall', turn it down and you get sparkling cleans such as you hear on 'Under Pressure'. It isn't just a one trick pony either, by fiddling with the switches you can come up with tones reminiscent of Rickenbacker, Fender or Gibson guitars, or completely new and original sounds.

So, be prepared to put some work in to setting it up to play (or to spend the extra money to have a tech set it up), and then be prepared to rip out some queen tunes and to shape your own sound with all the great pickup combinations.


Rating:  
Amazing Guitar
Wednesday, 27 May 2020  |  Adam

These guitars are the best I've ever played and have the amazing Brian May tone, these are totally worth every penny!