The BMG Super

The BMG Super
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Worldwide Price : £2,745.83
UK Price :  £3,295.00 Inc. 20% VAT

THE OFFICIAL WAITING LIST FOR THE BMG SUPER IS NOW CLOSED.

A huge thank you to everyone who sucessfully registered for the opportunity to purchase this exceptional guitar.

Now in ongoing production, instruments will be allocated on a strictly "first-come, first-served" basis and a member of the BMG sales team will be in contact with details of how to complete your purchase.

If you missed out and are interested in future opportunities to purchase a BMG Super, please contact BMG HQ for further information.

Brian May Guitars Super - Antique Cherry

A meticulously constructed, hand-crafted, modern recreation of one of rock 'n' roll's most storied instruments, the development of the BMG Super, a collaboration between Dr. Brian May, Pete Malandrone and House Music MD Barry Moorhouse, has has been informed by invaluable input from an all-star, globe spanning team of Red Specialists, including Australian RS guru Greg Fryer, East Anglian luthier Andrew Guyton, Japanese master craftsman Kazutaka Ijuin, British electronics wizard Aaron Armstrong, and celebrated American engineer and designer Ron Smith, proprietor of the Cyber Shop.

"The dream of all Brian May fans has finally been realised - this is as genuine a recreation of the Red Special as is realistic for what is a pretty good price"
Simon Bradley • Guitarist

Taking over from the initial 2008 - 2010 production by Japan's Kz GuitarWorks, the Super has been crafted in the Czech Republic by the New Bohemia Electric Corp. since 2015. World renowned for their exceptional build quality and innovation, NBE's output also includes electric guitars, basses and concert string instruments for Manson, Warwick, Stuart Spector and Ned Steinberger's pioneering NS Design marque.

This officially sanctioned, custom-shop build bridges the gap between the more competitively priced BMG Special model and Andrew Guyton's magnificent (and reassuringly expensive) museum grade reproductions and, as a contemporary update to Brian May's and his father Harold's unique, 50-year old innovations, the Super stands proudly on its own merits as an astonishingly versatile, exquisitely engineered, professional grade instrument.

Construction

With the minimum of compromise, every effort has been made to re-imagine the Red Special, hence the Super conforms to the original's dimensions and technical appointments in almost every regard — the distinctive body shape, headstock, scale length, fingerboard radius, binding, pickguards, pickup surrounds, roller bridge, tremolo assembly, control knobs and electronics have all been all faithfully rendered... as well as the famous, magnificently broad neck profile.

Of course, almost 60 years on, there are inevitably some differences in materials — instead of oak and blockboard, the body is constructed from quartersawn mahogany with a book-matched, antique-cherry stained mahogany top, resulting in some minor modifications to the internal acoustic chambering and control cavity. In addition, the Super benefits from a much stronger, glued-in neck join, rather than single bolt-on construction and, in favour of black painted oak, features a wonderfully smooth 24 fret ebony fingerboard.

Courtesy of the forensic level of research carried out by Greg Fryer on the Red Special, and from additional knowledge acquired by Andrew Guyton during his restoration work, all of the Super's alternative appointments and modifications are assuredly true to the spirit and character of the original, as well as to the exacting demands of its creator.

BMG® Super Pickups

Developed and produced in the UK exclusively for this project by electronics specialist Aaron Armstrong, these new pickups are recreations of the Adeson-spec Tri-Sonic pickups installed on the 'Old Lady' herself and are wax-dipped, wired/reverse wired, baseplated, and hand-wound with the same gauge wire, and to the same tolerances, as the originals. Although Aaron has employed bobbins (rather than air coils) and a single ceramic magnet (instead of two squeezed together), both of these alterations have clearly added rather than detracted from the pickups’ performance as they come with the maestro's seal of approval, and his blind-test praise for delivering "more bite, growl and volume”.

Electronics

The Super's wiring scheme, switches, potentiometer and capacitor values are exactly the same as the original's with the switching system correctly secured to an aluminium mounting plate.

Additional Greg Fryer-approved enhancements include shielding under the entire scratch plate surface area to reduce finger static noise and to assist in insulation from electrical and RF interference as well as a reinforcing plate inlaid into the guitar's body at the output jack to prevent accidental damage.

Hardware

New for 2022, we are very pleased to announce that ongoing production of the Super will feature Ron Smith's supremely authentic 'enhanced' roller bridge. This assembly, utilizing a unique 2-piece roller and anvil design, dramatically reduces the risk of losing a roller during a string break. The rollers slip over a 1mm Ø x 9mm anvil with only 0.05mm clearance per side, ensuring that the roller rotates with as little friction as possible. The anvil presses into precision machined, intonation grooves on the bridge blocks, locking the roller in place whilst allowing it to spin freely, providing the smoothest and most stable string movement possible.

Developed by Kazutaka Ijuin in 2008 for the Mk.1 Super, the knife-edge tremolo tailpiece is an accurate reproduction of Brian's bespoke design, with the arm shaped to the exact curves of the Red Special's from brass templates made by Greg Fryer in 1998. In conjunction with the roller bridge and Graph Tech Black TUSQ-XL nut, the tremolo system performs, as you would expect, with astonishing comfort, control, dexterity, and perfect return to pitch, aided by the inclusion of Gotoh's fantastic Magnum Lock® machineheads, finished with white pearl buttons, of course.

Volume/tone knobs and strap buttons are also now provided by expert machinist Ron Smith for 2022 production. The 6061 aluminum alloy control knobs — exactly the same as the one now fitted to the Red Special itself, after the original knob was lost at a Q+AL show in Dallas in 2019 — are precision made replicas with modern, red painted locator dimple, whilst the traditional buttons are made from nickel-plated brass, with red fibre washers and BM-style "bottle-top" rubber strap locks.

   

Strings for Champions

The BMG Super is set-up in the House Music/BMG workshop with Optima 24K Gold Brian May strings, a special signature formulation developed for the maestro himself.

Optima's unique combination of steel alloy and 24 carat gold plating guarantees full protection against corrosion, with an enhanced core material that significantly improves longevity and tuning stability, providing brilliant tone and superb performance for considerably longer than conventional strings.

Included Extras

The Super is supplied complete with an exclusive, premium quality, custom BMG branded fitted hard case by industry leaders Hiscox, and an accompanying certificate of authentication, numbered and personally signed by Dr. Brian May.

The Official BMG Super Waiting List

In November 2018, we invited all customers wishing to purchase one of these spectacular instruments to submit their contact details for our new official waiting list.

Huge thanks to all of you who signed up — the response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic and, due to the massive demand, registration was closed in early 2019.

To customers who successfully registered, please be advised that allocation will be made on a strictly "first-come, first-served" basis. No deposit is required — as soon as an instrument is available, you will be personally contacted in order, according to your position on the list, and invited to complete your purchase either online, by telephone, or via bank transfer.

In response to the challenges and delays we have faced as a consequence of lockdowns and workplace restrictions at our European manufacturing facility, the Super is now in ongoing, unlimited production (vs. the previous 100 instruments per year cap) and we sincerely hope that we will be able to meet current customer demand as quickly as possible.

We thank you all in advance for your continued patience and remain at your service if you require updates.

If you missed out on registration for the original waiting list and are genuinely interested in future opportunities to purchase a BMG Super you are invited to CONTACT the BMG sales team for further information.

Body 2-Piece Quartersawn Mahogany with Acoustic Chambers
Top Book-Matched, Quartersawn Mahogany
Binding White
Neck 1-Piece Quartersawn Mahogany
Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Fingerboard Ebony
Frets 24 x Jim Dunlop 6130 18% Nickel / Silver Vintage Frets + Zero Fret
Fret Wire Crown Height : 0.914mm (0.036") / Crown Width : 2.7mm (0.106")
Inlays BM Pattern Mother-Of-Pearl Face & Side Dots
Neck Join Glued-In Construction
Headstock Original RS Shape with Mother-Of-Pearl "MayStar" & Super Signature Inlays
Pickups 3 x Period-Accurate, Hand-Wound BMG Super® Series Wired, Single Coil Tri-Sonic Style Pickups
Switches White Switchcraft Slider Switches – 3 x Pickup On/Off / 3 x Pickup Phase In/Out
Controls Master Volume + Tone
Control Knobs Ron Smith/Cyber Shop Replica Aluminium Control Knobs with Red Painted Locator Dimple
Bridge Ron Smith/Cyber Shop Replica 'Enhanced' Roller Bridge with Snap-in, 2 Piece Rollers
Tremolo Custom Design BM Replica Knife-Edge Tremolo, with Custom BM Replica Trem Arm
Machineheads 3-A-Side Gotoh Magnum Lock® Tuners
Nut Graph Tech Black TUSQ-XL
Scratchplates Exact RS Replica Main Control Plate, Half-Moon Tremolo Tail Plate & Matching Truss Rod Cover
Strap Buttons Ron Smith/Cybershop Traditional Nickel-Plated Brass with Red Fibre Washers & "Grolsch" Rubber Strap Locks
Body Depth 40mm (1.57")
Scale 610mm (24")
Fingerboard Radius 184.2mm (7.25")
Neck Width @ Nut 46mm (1.81")
Neck Width @ 12th Fret 51mm (2.00")
Neck Depth @ 2nd Fret 26.5mm (1.04")
Neck Depth @ 14th Fret 29.8mm (1.17")
String Spacing @ Nut 40mm (1.57")
String Spacing @ Bridge 50.8mm (2.00")
Weight (Approximate) 3.62kg (8lb)
Strings Optima 24K Gold Brian May Signature Strings .009 - .011 - .016 / Wound .024 - .032 - .042
Included Moulded, Impact Resistant, Plush Lined Hiscox Liteflite Custom BMG Super Fitted Hard Case
Extras Official Certificate of Authenticity, Numbered & Personally Signed By Dr. May
Country Of Origin Handcrafted by NBE Corp. s.r.o. – Horovice – Czech Republic

BMG Super Review 

Jamie Humphries • Guitar Interactive • Issue #40 • March 2016

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Amazing
Thursday, 28 April 2022  | 

I had almost given up on getting this guitar, but now I have one it is great. The craftsmanship is amazing and the guitar plays excellently.

Just ordered a Brian May strap to complement my guitar and will buy a lead when they are back in stock. Thanks to Dave Good and his colleagues for producing this guitar, but special thanks to Dr. Brian May for setting up the company to enable this to happen.

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A remarkable instrument - well worth the wait!
Wednesday, 27 April 2022  | 

It was rather a long wait - 4 1/2 years to be precise - but I can honestly say that it was worth it.

Having not played the instrument before, I was unsure whether it would ending up being a 'display' or 'play' instrument. However, within minutes of picking the Super up, I realised it was definitely in the latter camp; really great feel, versatile range of sounds, an all-round comfortable instrument.

One thing I would point out is that the guitar, like the original Old Lady, has a very chunky neck - much bigger than an old school 'U' shaped Fender neck - but I really like bigger necks so it felt like home to me straight away. Overall, well worth the wait.

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Excellent service, excellent guitar
Wednesday, 27 April 2022  | 

I put my name down for a BMG Super back in 2018, lots of delays due to supply chain issues (Brexit, COVID, so entirely understandable disruption), but I was kept informed every step of the way, with all my questions answered within one day.

The guitar arrived today and it's a remarkable instrument, eminently playable, surprisingly light, well finished, and just a generally great instrument. BMG could not have done more to make me a happy customer and I highly recommend the guitar and BMG as a customer-centric business.

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Questions answered
Sunday, 24 April 2022  | 

I still remember the magic moment. It was back in 1974, me being something like eleven years old, put my saved 11 Deutsche Mark into my pocket and hopped on the bus to the local record shop. A friend of mine said there was a sale on a record by a British band who were doing "harmony singing", as he put it.

The record was actually only 8 Deutsche Mark, not that big of a success I supposed, discount rack, way back in the shelf. Back home I put it on my parents' old mono Dual music box - and was blown away by the guitar intro on "Keep Yourself Alive“. When the central guitar orchestration appeared, I put the needle back time and again to understand: What was that? Why did my tears flow? It hit me emotionally deep inside. Something so different to all the Beatles and Hendrix guitar sound I listened to. Being an aspiring one-year-learner on a cheap copy of the now famed Egmont acoustic (yes, it was possible to do it much crappier), I dreamt of pimping this guitar and make it ring like Queen´s guitarist Brian May. Sure, later on I liked the "operatic sections“ a lot, Freddie´s unmatched vocals, but essentially it has always been the guitar that shook me from the inside.

Today, turning to be sixty in a few days, I am happy to hold a Brian May Guitars Super in my hands. After a long, long time, prolonged by the pandemic and obvious production issues the guitar finally arrived quickly after a kind email notice of Dave Good, BMG's marketing & sales manager, in perfect condition via DHL.

Since being eleven I read all about the Red Special I could lay my hands on, started to build my own - yet unfinished - version of something similar and played guitar in amateur bands since I've been thirteen. Starting with a heavily modified Höfner 4560 back in 1975. the line-up now includes selected Gibson Les Paul, Gretsch Bo Diddley, Dan Electro Silvertone vintage, and a small number of British Mmster luthier Patrick Eggle Guitars mainly dated in the early '90s, even some super rare Red Wing Ventura and Tornado and one of the marvelous Jim Sullivan Legend of 1993.

To be honest, whenever a "Brian May sound“ was asked for on a live perfromance, the Eggles could provide a sufficiently proper impersonation with a home-made Rangemaster copy, and later on a more road-worthy Fryer treble booster deluxe, even without the famous AC30. A hardly known boutique amp S3 Climax by German valve wizard Günther Christ and a grandiose Engl 2x50 Power amp delivered via a classic Marshall JCM1960 come close enough for a live gig.

But why the Red Special Super now? Because the question from nearly 50 years ago remains still unanswered: What was that?

Now, after some days of diving into the guitars props and specs I begin to understand. And that's what this review is all about: What makes the Red Special Super special?

Basic inspection of overall quality shows a close to one hundred percent perfection, very minor flaws, probably only visible for the experienced and scrutinizing eyes of a dentist and a top notch polishing grade throughout. The guitar presented itself stringed with the Optima .009 gauge Brian May gold strings - nice feat - and the tremolo bar surprisingly came mounted. The insertion point of the bar into the brass nuckle presents some minor grating, but I feel it is more true to the original than CAD/CAM perfection. I know from my professional dental field that the costs rise exponentially if one aims to hand shape and polish these complex forms. I am fine with that. If one likes to get these things up front it is commonly known what an Andrew Gruyton RS is sold for.

Amazingly the guitar arrived nicely in tune, so the first checks on the acoustic properties reveal a chambered construction, reminding me of the acoustic properties of my old very thin semi-acoustic Höfner 4560: surprising clarity, each string individually "there“, no muddy mumble, nice, one could easily play it without amplification at all in the living room without the typical Strat/Tele/Les Paul solid body "no sound“.

After three days the strings seemed to have set in, and the whammy bar does what it's supposed to do with no detuning. Dive bombs: no problem. The close look at the mechanics of the instrument reveal the engineering view so often written about, the zero-fret concept, the now-locking Gotoh tuners, the roller bridge, known as being first of their kind in an assumed "amateur DIY guitar“.

But who plays the BMG Super without amps? My living room stuff mentioned above driven in directly without treble booster help displayed a nice, clean and by any means professional clean sound, the BMG super pickups appear to be perfectly adjusted.

Even at this point the first glimpse of an answer to the foremost question appears shadily: the guitars answers perfectly balanced on all strings, every single strings generates a contoured defined tone, chords, single lines, riffs. Early on in the evaluation the volume control delivers amazing adjustments. Honestly, I am not that much of a volume-knob-fiddler, but here the impact on the sound is significant.

At this point the first "I understand“ flashes cross my mind. Crunching the S3 Climax - without the integrated all-valve treble booster - the next flashes light up: here it is.

The guitar is THERE, unmistakingly present, differentiated in string identification quite uniquely. Even though I am not that much of a "play like Brain May“ guy - I humbly assume I have my own style of playing - the guitar appears easy on providing Brian May-like playing, not only the sounds. And here the idea appears: Brian May started playing this guitar being around 17 years old. This guitar shaped his style, his playing. It is statistically highly unlikely that events like that occur, but father and son May built an instrument which lead to the unique playing style and sound, and if I may say that as a complete amateur in the music business, this doesn't happen often. If it was the engineering approach or sheer luck, who knows?

Back to facts: When switching the S3 on full gain a great and volouptous heavy guitar sound appears. Kicking in the in-built treble booster the guitar rings out, tapping easily - though not adjusted to a laser adjusted, no-fret appearance like the Jim Sullivan Legend is.

The often cited massive neck withstands any resonance even at high volumes and in my opinion appears to be a major element of the outstanding unique tone. The set neck does its job properly, I understand that the Mays inserted the screw on the original additionally to be sure... I did that on a repair with my Höfner too. Feels better, but I doubt any effect on the BMG Super, it looks better without the screw.

Since I am a pretty tall guy with large hands, the neck required minor adaption, no more than an hour or two, the strings action does not call for any thumb pressure on the neck. My Eggles -Patrick Eggle is well known for his slender necks - handle quite differently, but not as far off as one might imagine.

Nevertheless, my personal respect for Brian May even rose, since this guitar, like all top-level instruments, will not hide sloppinesss or lack of precision while playing. Imagine that on a two-hour show.

Having driven the Super through much of the Rock 'n' Roll and heavy genre from blues, ZZ-Top, Tex-blues to tapping, AC/DC riffing and Hendrix-style national anthems, and even some classical guitar Bach - to the joy of the radiologist whose office is upon mine - I finally cabled the BMG Super to its indigene habitat: The AC30 C2 (with master volume) and the Fryer treble booster deluxe - plus the sixpence.

I am pretty familiar with playing coins, in my early days just a single pick would be sold for one (!) Deutsche Mark, so we put "Pfennig“ (penny) on the railway trails, let it flatten by the train and shaped it with mom's nail care stuff.

And here it comes. First sound IS "Queen", IS "Brian May". The pending question answered from 1974. What was that? It was the Red Special in Brian May's hands. Plus the sparkles of the sixpence and the overdriven AC30.

And the faint idea shaped in the early reviewing manifests. I am no Queen cover band player, yes, I can do a so-so BoRap solo, but this guitar leads you to the guitar playing we all love so much. It fosters the scales, the orchestral cello-department-like baritone lines, just get yourself a multi-track and you know how the musical genius of Brian May found its instrument - and probably musical partner - to express and sometimes probably hint at musical ideas which this great instrument generates within itself in interaction with the player.

Use the volume knob: It crisps up and lowers volume to the well known sounds. But with a slight attack on the sixpence the AC30 rings the bell. You don’t have to hit it hard, this is an instrument for a sensible player. Once getting used to the guitar's response and the delicate handling of the small sixpence you can articulate like having your own language - within the language family of Brian May. Combined with Freddie Mercury musical and vocal uniqueness, the equally amazing rhythm section with John Deacon and Roger Taylor, it appears to be unlikely that this band would not have risen to the stars.

If this guitar shall be your Brian May impersonation guitar: perfect choice, for any afficionado or Queen cover band guitar master - because you have to be that to handle the Brian May lines. I did not get into the pick-up combinations, it is well documented and often written about. The new pickups leave not a micrometer of room for anything but praise: perfect choice.

But if you - like me - are doubtlessly a dedicated fan on the one hand but a self assured musician in his own style on the other, this instrument will give you a new approach to heavy guitar playing, even jazz and swing comes easy, always with the option to let it ring if occasion occurs with just a tap on the treble booster or a slightly more aggressive picking. My secret love: speedy country and western typical Telecaster stuff: Easy. (Why in the world Reinhold Mack persuaded Brian May to use a Telecaster on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love“?)

Getting acquainted deeply to an instrument like the BMG Super takes its time. But this instrument surely will be my first pick for many occasions. I did not expect this, I felt I just should have one to close my guitar playing life cycle. Starting with a crappy copy of an Egmont at the age of eleven to the privilege of owning an amazing interpretation of the Red Special at sixty, feels like I can live with that. We all may be grateful to Brian May and his late father for providing the world with such an instrument, well thought out, constructed to last decades, a true workhorse. I am personally grateful that an instrument on this level of quality is made available by Brian May and Brian May Guitars, and surely all the folks on the project. It´s a musician's guitar, a player's guitar. It may well be an investment, but I do not tend to think like that on musical instruments. They are means to express your soul and balance you within the challenges life offers. This one does.

If the suspicion should arise this instrument was given to me for free: No, I had to pay the absolutely OK price, and I would do it again. Umberto Eco once suggested the author should perish upon finishing his work that he might not hinder the exegesis. Please have mercy on me, spare me some more years with this great guitar.

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A lifelong dream come true
Monday, 18 April 2022  | 

It finally arrived. After seemingly years of waiting, MY Red Special Super is here.

Thanks to the team at Brian May Guitars for making a lifelong dream come true.

I need to say, WOW, it’s everything I hoped it would be. The finish, build quality and attention to detail is superb, and the case is a nice touch to keep it safe and secure.

Now, to plug it in and (grins from ear to ear) it’s all there – the sounds we all have loved for the last 50 years all leap out from my speakers. OK, my version of them anyway. The neck seems huge at first but I suddenly realised after about half an hour that I had forgotten about it and was playing away in total comfort. It just feels right.

One major surprise was playing non-Queen songs through a Boss GT1000 and getting EVH tones, Slash tones, even a great Dave Gilmour tone. The guitar really comes into its own showing remarkable versatility. It seems to do it all.

Yes I have been a Queen fan all my adult life so I may be biased but the guitar is what it is... SUPER.

Not many will get the chance to play one in the flesh but, if you do enjoy it, you will love it.

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Love it
Saturday, 12 March 2022  | 

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A piece of history
Saturday, 25 December 2021  | 

I received this marvelous Guitar early December. Thanks so much to the whole team, and Dr. May of course. I'm delighted to have the chance to play this fantastic recreation of a piece of history!

I stopped watching the "Get Back" documentary to receive this piece of art. It's already my favorite guitar among my collection which includes some beautiful Gibson, Fender and Musicman. I like everything from the size to the sound!

If you had the chance to speak to the man himself, you can tell him that a French guy who discovered rock through Queen records in late '80s has the feeling to own a bit of history now .

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A childhood dream come true
Wednesday, 14 August 2019  | 

My Super is almost 10 years now, and it's still today my number one guitar, my beloved piece of wood!!!

This guitar is, and looks, absolutely fantastic - it stays perfectly in tune even after heavy tremolo use. The tone is sublime!!! The Adeson Tri-sonics are so incredible. It's amazing to me how Brian and his father designed the perfect electric!! So proud to own this beauty, I love it.

Thanks a lot Brian, Harold, BMG, KZ, Greg Fryer for making this guitar.

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Gets better and more exciting everytime it leaves the case
Sunday, 11 August 2019  | 

I’m now a year or so into my Super ownership – The guitar just brings a smile to my face each and every time I open the case. The attention to detail is superb, I have owned many “top end” guitars by the big names... at the time I owned them, yes they were the best things ever. But, compared to the Super, actually they are all pretty bland… same as type guitars – everyone has one… they have a sound, that’s it, they have a look... like every other... so why bother?

Stand in the middle of the room with a shiny super around your neck and you stand out.. admittedly the Bohemian Rhapsody film has made the guitar MUCH more recognisable, no longer is it... ohhh what’s that? It's more WOW you managed to get one of those!
I have friends who are pro musicians – of course, all initial reactions are “oh, a Brian May Copy? Pah! I’ll get my curly wig out" but give them 10 minutes with it and they love the Special, the tone, the versatility makes is so much more than a Queen fan's guitar – name a genre, that sound is in there somewhere... in the myriad of switch combinations!

And the neck?? Flippin' huge – no one likes it when they pick it up... 2 minutes later, it works, it feels strong, plenty to get your hand around, it’s so playable and all other necks feel weedy in comparison.

Criticism? well, none really. Obviously they are not cheap, but then pick one up and you will see why they are expensive – I am a designer by trade, this is a fantastic bit of design (hats off to the original design) – but the quality of the build is exceptional.

Best bits? Watching "proper" guitarists as they humbly admit - this is a cracking guitar that looks and sounds like no other - then I take it from them and go home with it"

Regrets? Losing the signed certificate - doh!

Most people will struggle to get one looking at the closed waiting list – if anyone gets the chance – buy one - your sound will want for nothing.

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An absolutely extraordinary guitar - not just for Queen fans, but for every guitarist
Saturday, 27 April 2019  | 

I received my Super this week and I am absolutely thrilled.

Everything is just right on this guitar. It is a very versatile instrument with great sound and great workmanship. In addition, it really looks cool. Everything about the guitar is well designed out down to every detail. The tremolo is super soft and accurate.

It is pure fun to play on this instrument that really deserves the name "Super". I have been a Queen fan since my youth and so this instrument is more than a guitar to me. It's more like a piece of history.

Many thanks to the whole BMG Team.

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A high-end instrument with remarkable qualities
Saturday, 20 April 2019  | 

I am going to focus on the aspects of the guitar which are not immediately available or obvious via the product spec page. I’ll assume that readers are already familiar with the Red Special sound, pickups, switching options and electronics which get a lot of attention and are reviewed in detail elsewhere.


Fit and Finish
The finish is a poly according to the rep at BMG whom I spoke with, and I am glad it is. It isn’t too thick, which can sometimes happen in my experience, and feels and looks great. My guitar has an even, rich antique cherry stain on great wood selection which looks much like the pictures on the website. The back of the guitar is beautiful and unlike the Special, which has a tremolo route on the back of it covered by a plastic access panel, the Super is solid mahogany on the back with no plastic whatsoever (save the edge binding, of course). I am quite happy with the fit and finish of the Super. It is a beautiful instrument and presents itself well. The Super feels very solid and substantial without feeling overly big and heavy. The instrument seemed to be set up very well when it arrived and should be easy for a player to fine tune it to their preferences.

Fingerboard
The frets are dressed and even. After cleaning my frets they polished to a mirror shine. The ebony arrived a bit dry which might have to do with many environmental factors such as shipping or just the building itself. After applying some lemon oil it came to life and I could truly appreciate the finish and dark richness of the wood. I was a bit worried that the 7.25” radius would feel strange as I am used to larger radius fingerboards but it works very well. It was naturally comfortable to my hands with no dead bends that I noticed even when really bending. The 24” scale length works very well with the radius and feels absolutely natural.

Tremolo
The tremolo is very controlled and feels great. In conjunction with the low neck angle, zero fret and rolling bridge, I was pleased with its tuning stability. You can pitch bend up causing notes to go sharp from neutral position, which I think is very useful and musical. The spring tension felt very natural and though I didn't feel the need to adjust the springs, they look easily accessible through two holes in the bottom of the Super. From what I understand this is similar to the original. The strings feed through the tremolo unit which is accessible via the half moon shaped access panel which is easily removed. Do to the nature of this type of tremolo unit you should expect to spend a bit of time rebalancing tuning if you move from Standard E to say an open G or C. This was my experience at least.

Nut
This is a zero fret guitar and with it comes some pro and cons. Open chords ring out like fretted chords and the smoothness of the fret helps with tuning stability when utilizing the tremolo. Eventually (depending on how much one plays the guitar, of course) this zero fret will need replacing. My guitar arrived with a pinging sound when bending some of the strings. After contacting BMG they recommended I inspect the zero fret for burrs to make sure this wasn’t the source of the sound. Being fairly guitar tech savvy and after closer inspection, I narrowed this sound down to the black nut string slots being cut too wide which caused the strings to move slightly on the zero fret and come in contact with the nut sidewall. This was causing the sound. I replaced the black nut (which really acts more as a string guide and not a traditional nut) with a new properly filed nut and the problem vanished. Perhaps this was just something unique to my instrument, but I found it worth noting in a review.

Neck
The neck is what intrigues me the most. I was expecting a deep neck profile and after comparing the neck depths from the website to one of my own larger neck guitars I imagined they would feel similar. The Super has a very deep neck depth—with what seems to be a classic vintage “U” shape—and the neck is noticeably bigger than a neck profile modeled after a late ‘50s LP. I do like the Super neck after playing it for some time and getting used to it, and now am looking to find a similar cut on my bolt on neck guitar. The Super's neck is an accurate replica of the original and I found myself feeling a strange connection to Dr. May when playing it and imagined that it in some way influenced his playing. I've owned the Special in the past and I absolutely prefer the Super's neck to the neck of the Special. To each their own. Many people believe that its mass adds to sustain and while I'm not sure if this is true, there is no question that the guitar rings out. It does leave my thinner neck guitars feeling inadequate and toy-ish. If you don’t want a deep neck depth then I’d recommend the Special.

Case
The custom made HISCOX case has four latches and comes with keys for the lock. Mine arrived in black and it might have slightly exceeded my high expectations. The guitar nests securely inside and the handle is placed in a way that balances everything well. This is a no nonsense, touring case that is built to protect the instrument. Inside the case was the numbered and signed certificate of authenticity, some adjusting tools/cloth/etc., and other literature. It all looked purposefully placed.

The BMG Super is a high-end instrument with a lot of remarkable qualities. I think it succeeds in filling the gap between the BMG Special and the Guyton. The service I received was friendly and the process was fun and exciting. The fact that there is a very long wait and that it is hard to get makes owning one all the more precious. If you want an instrument that is as unique to play as it sounds—and if you like thick necks—this is a great instrument.

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Rating:  
Awesome, top level guitar
Saturday, 19 January 2019  | 

After one year wait, I finally got my BMG Super in September. It came with a stunning hard case and with Optima Gold strings, which you definitely need to play Brian May’s riffs and licks.

With the proper equipment, such as a good treble booster and Vox AC30 amp, its pickups and switching system allow me to obtain almost the same tone, except I’m not Dr. May of course!

I really love my Super and I certainly recommend it. Also all the people at BMG were very kind and attentive.

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Rating:  
Absolutely recommended
Monday, 31 December 2018  | 

I came into a Super a week ago. I have to thank Brian May Guitars because they have followed me throughout the procedure, from the first messages up to the payment and the traceable shipping, and they answered every email message and we kept constantly in touch with Facebook chat.

The guitar arrived here in impeccable conditions and was also discreetly tuned despite the air travel. It's a faithful replica of Brian May's and I'm having so much fun with the huge neck, the roller bridge and the switch combinations of the pickups... What can I say, my guitar for life!

Absolutely recommended - if you can, try it and get one.

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Rating:  
5 Stars +++++
Monday, 17 December 2018  | 

I absolutely love this guitar, and can't stop playing it. I have a Vox AC30HW2X and its a perfect match (although I do have to turn the amp down to 15 watts).

I waited several months for it while some details were worked out on the windings of the pickups (I'm told that Dr. May wasn't happy with a couple batches and wanted these pick-ups to be as faithful as possible to the tonal characteristics of the originals... that speaks volumes to the quality of this instrument).

The craftsmanship of this guitar is phenomenal and the detail is exacting, even down to the three strap holes in the end of the guitar (just like the original). The staff at Brian May Guitars was a delight to work with and very helpful with all of the details of the purchase.

The sound that this instrument produces is unlike any other guitar I've ever played. There's thirteen (or some such) different combinations. It's like having a Telecaster, a Stratocaster, and a Les Paul all in one guitar.

Absolutely love it and can't recommend it enough.

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Rating:  
Versatile, well made, fantastic looking
Saturday, 10 November 2018  | 

I bought a Brian May Super from here... Let's be honest - these are expensive! And very hard to get hold of - mine took 2 years to arrive! Lots of hopeful ETA dates emailed through - met with disappointment time and time again... but this month it arrived!

“Was it all worth it?” - the wait and the anguish??

Oh yes - what a fantastic piece of artwork this is. And I do describe this as a piece of art - it looks fantastic, the colour is rich and sumptuous, the finish across the guitar is impeccable - at this price you would expect this - and the Super delivers across the board.

The guitar came impeccably packed, in a really smart, BM logo'd case and double boxed full of padding - so arrived in A1 condition. For me the disappointment was no signed certificate, a quick call to BMG and that was cleared up - they just wanted the customers to get the guitars as quick as possible, the certificate followed as promised a week later.

On opening - I was shocked to see the guitar is shipped with the trem arm attached - unusual. Again I will emphasize just how good the finish is on the guitar, - just perfect.

On playing, well this is a true like for like of Brian's - the neck is really big - feels awkward, feels wrong... for about 2 mins, then it feels great - the set up was perfect, it's low, quick, and in tune straight out of the box.

I could write for ever on just how pleased I am. But I would bore you - the sounds are astounding, even with a little 10w Vox! My top tip is buy direct from BMG - 3rd parties are useless, they have no idea what is going on with deliveries - speak to Barry @BMG - the only guy who seems to know what's actually happening.

You name it - this really has it - looks, build quality, tone, head turner - yes it is expensive, yes you will have to wait, yes they are rare (100 per year) but it really is worth it.

From the way it's packed, to the quality of the guitar case, to the finish of the body - this guitar screams quality, oozes tone and shouts character...

I 100% recommend you buy one - if you can get one.

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Rating:  
Outstanding
Friday, 9 November 2018  | 

This guitar really is a thing of beauty. Superb level of finish on every item, body, pickups, bridge and tremolo unit.
However purchases one of the BMG Super’s will not be dissapointed.

Customer services are spot on, always warm and welcoming on the telephone/email.
Thank you to all the BMG team.

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Rating:  
A thing of utter beauty
Thursday, 11 October 2018  | 

I was lucky enough to buy one of the first batch of 16 produced by KZ in 2008. This instrument is a thing of beauty and quality that never disappoints. I also have a very early Burns BM Signature Guitar

The thing that surprised me is the difference in neck profile between the 2 guitars. The Super is intended to be very faithful of course. But the neck feels huge for me in comparison to the wafer-thin slimline neck I got used to on the Burns and also to the ultra fast necks on my Ibanez RG series guitars i was playing semi pro back in the late 80's. The Super really was a bit of a word-of-mouth secret way back when I put my name on the waiting list, with little to find about it online, so it was a bit of a shock to open the case and pick up this neck.

I understand Jamie Moses had the neck of his Super skinnied down to be more like a Strat profile, and I can see why! But if you are investing personally in a high-end & faithful replica of the 'Old Lady' then it makes this a much bigger consideration. I get it - Brian is able to wring such beautiful expression out of his guitars and if he asks for a faithful replica, then who am I to tell him he's wrong. LOL... Heck, no!

So the tone, the sustain, the quality of the feel and of the finish are all just far superior for the Super. It really is a thing of utter beauty, and I just can't bring myself to play it with a sixpence, as it deserves reverence and worship.

But, as far as the convenience of playability is concerned (and this is probably as much down as much to my personal playing style and LOFT (lack of flippin talent), the Burns is the "Red Special" I reach for through choice.

I'd love it to be different. I'd love to hear that the more recent Super version has at least a choice of neck profiles. Maybe then I'd buy another and keep the faithful KZ produced guitar on its altar for worship, and play the crap out of the new one, having a neck profile that really suited my playing style. But this is an expensive dream, and my days of playing Queen/Brian May are not so regular now.

So only 4 stars from me, although frankly these 4 stars carry more weight and personal value than any of my other guitars that I would rank as 5 stars, just because she's the nearest thing to the "Old Lady".

"Fat bottomed girl, you make the rockin' world go round". LOL

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Rating:  
Bank breaker... ‘cause it’s a lot!
Saturday, 17 February 2018  | 

Good. But to me, it definitely breaks the bank.

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Rating:  
Best of the best!
Friday, 16 February 2018  | 

The most playable, versatile guitar you can own. I have a BMG Special which I love but the Super goes beyond. I love them both!! Can't go wrong with either.

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Rating:  
What A Great Guitar!!
Saturday, 30 April 2016  | 

I own a Brian May Guitars Special since 2011 - that's a fine guitar, but the Super is just... finer! The build quality is outstanding and the sound... just magnificent!

As I often play an acoustic dreadnought guitar, the huge neck fits just wonderful, no need getting used to it, because the necks are very similiar! The playability of the Super really is "super"!!

My journey of seeking for "my" electric guitar has been finished now! And that really is great!

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