The BMG Bass Antique Cherry

The BMG Bass  Antique Cherry
The BMG Bass  Antique CherryThe BMG Bass  Antique CherryThe BMG Bass  Antique CherryThe BMG Bass  Antique Cherry
List Price :  £895.00Worldwide Price : £662.50
UK Price :  £795.00 Inc. 20% VAT

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"Delightful to play, with its own character & sounds... Recommended"

Roger Newell • Guitarist Magazine • September 2013

The BMG Bass is a medium scale instrument, made in the same spirit as Brian’s iconic Red Special, with a compact, edge-bound, double cutaway mahogany body and 31.5” scale neck, topped with a smooth, 20 fret ebony fingerboard.

Tone is supplied by twin vintage styled, chrome covered pickups - a fat Gibson-esque humbucker up front providing an earthy, low end counterpoint to the bright, cutting response of a bridge position Tri-Sonic style single coil. Onboard electronics feature a classic, no-frills passive circuit, providing individual volume and master treble roll-off control.

Hardware comprises a modern, heavy-duty, chrome, high-mass roller bridge, BM style, aluminium "top-hat" control knobs and state-of-the-art Hipshot Ultralite tuners.

The ‘Bri Bass’ is strung with Bass Centre Elites "Detroit" flatwound strings for super-smooth fundamentals and, in keeping with the classic Red Special styling, finished in a rich Antique Cherry with a one-piece black scratchplate.

The BMG Bass comes complete with premium quality padded gig bag made from hardwearing shower-proof material featuring twin, rucksack-style shoulder straps, side and front grab handles, dual front pockets and a stitched Brian May Guitars logo.

The BMG Bass Features

  • Edge Bound Mahogany Body
  • 31.5" Medium Scale
  • Set-In, Mahogany Neck with 20 Fret Ebony Fingerboard
  • Humbucker (Neck) + Single Coil (Bridge) Pickup Configuration
  • Hipshot Tuners
  • Vintage style Hi-Mass Bridge
Body Mahogany, Cream Edge-Bound
Finish Antique Cherry, Polyurethane
Neck Set-in, Mahogany
Fingerboard Ebony, with White Pearloid Dot Markers
Frets 20 x Medium Gauge Nickel Frets
Pickups Chrome Covered, Passive BMB Humbucker (Neck) + BMB Single Coil (Bridge)
Controls Volume/Volume/Master Tone with Lathe-Turned, Billet Stock, Aluminium "Top Hat" Control Knobs
Tuning Machines Hipshot, Open-Gear Tuners
Hardware Chrome
Bridge BM Vintage-Style, Hi-Mass, Roller Bridge
Pickguard Black
Scale Length 800mm (31.5")
Neck Width @ Nut 45mm (1.34")
Neck Width @ 12th Fret 52mm (2.0")
Neck Depth @ 1st Fret 22mm (0.87")
Neck Depth @ 12th Fret 25mm (0.98")
String Spacing @ Nut 11.5mm (0.45")
String Spacing @ Bridge 18mm (0.70")
Weight (Approximate) 3.57kg (7.85lb)
Strings D'Addario Medium Scale
Extras Premium Quality BMG Gig Bag
Warranty All BMG instruments come with a 1 year warranty
Country Of Origin World Musical Instruments Co. Ltd. • South Korea

Gareth Morgan • Guitar & Bass Magazine • August 2014

Even if the inescapable Queen association doesn’t appeal to you, the Brian May Bass is still a refreshing '60s-inspired instrument" 

Gareth Morgan, one of the UK's foremost 4-string experts, finds that there is plenty of fun to be had with the BMG Bass in his glowing appraisal of the instrument for the August 2014 issue of G&B.

Gareth rates highly the playability of this medium scale beauty and, construction-wise, gives particular credit to the "expertly applied" Antique Cherry finish and "comfortable and highly playable" matching neck.

Sonically, he finds even more to be excited about... "The basic sound - both pickups on, with the tone knob at full - is excellent: nice and fat with growling lows and an overall feeling of controlled aggression".

In his summary, we think Gareth is right on the money when he declares the BMG Bass "an unusual and fine-looking beast with a heap of ’60s flavour which harks back to wilder times".

Better still, he found it "highly playable and great fun to whizz around on"... isn't that what bass playing should always be about!?

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Roger Newell • Guitarist Magazine • September 2012

"Delightful to play, with its own character & sounds – Recommended" 

Whilst Roger Newell admits that he initially found the concept of a Brian May style bass "a somewhat curious design choice", the Guitarist Magazine veteran and bass guru certainly seems to have warmed to the idea, discovering that the BMG Bass is "well styled", "nicely built" and delivers an "unexpected variety of solid sounds".

In this 4 Star Review, Roger concludes that "If you want something off the beaten track, the Brian May Bass has a great deal to offer".

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Average Rating (5 Reviews):  
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Quality instrument
Friday, 28 June 2019  | 

As a short scale bad, it's very playable but it sounds so much bigger. The tone range is excellent. The case is well made.

Overall, it's a quality instrument and a great value

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great Bass Overall, but a couple of points that could be improved
Thursday, 27 June 2019  | 

Exceptional bass that is made in Korea. Nice neck and playability. Also the finish is just like the BMG Special guitar. I have 2 negatives to point out :

1. Not a fan of Volume/Volume but a Master Volume and Blend Control. Actually I think the wiring is out of phase. As soon as I backed off of the neck pickup, the audio disappeared.
2. The Neck pickup should have been full range, it almost is a Mudbucker. I was happy they used Hipshot Lite Tuners but they should have used their bridge as well.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Nice bass, great action...
Saturday, 1 December 2018  | 

I find this bass to be very nice with a great tone and low action. The finish is beautiful.

The only issue I have, which is minor, is that the knobs are not level. In other words, when holding the bass and looking down at the knobs, they are tilted, higher on one side than the other; not flat with an even amount of space between the underside of the knobs and the top of the guitar. When you look from the front you don't notice it, but I rarely look from the front as I am playing it. Are they just press fit knobs that I can reseat? I've never seen this before and I own 26 basses.

Other than that, the bass is very nice

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Hi, Randall

Apologies for this.

The control knobs are not 'press-fit knobs'. They are removed by using one of the allen keys provided with the instrument to loosen the grub screw in the side of each knob. It is then possible to re-seat.

Otherwise, glad the bass has found favour.

The BMG Team

Strange kind of bass !
Monday, 26 September 2016  | 

As a bass player for a long time and fan of Dr. May, I was interested in this beautiful instrument.

When I opened the box it was a good surprise, as beautiful as my BMG Special. The knobs look better! No trouble with the weight! The scale is good and playing with pick-up knobs can give you a good sound between the hell of the humbucker and the sharpness of the single.

The width of the neck is quite huge but doesn't give me any trouble. Mine had been shipped without flatwound strings, I changed the roundwound for flats and it's really better, smoother.

The electronics are also good quality - no noise, no scratches. Plugged in my fuzz, I can have a bigger feedback on my amp than my guitarist. I really enjoy this bass... if you're thinking about something different in shape with an amazing groove, buy it.

Greetings from Limoges, France !

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13 of 15 people found this review helpful.

Love It
Wednesday, 15 June 2016  | 

Just a personal observation... I recently bought a BMG Bass and really love the the sound and medium scale. If I'm being honest, coming from playing a Fender Jazz, with its 38mm neck, if the BMG bass had a tad narrower neck (45mm is a bit wide) to me, it would be the perfect bass.

As said, just a personal preference. It's the only thing to me that lets it down. Love it otherwise!

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18 of 18 people found this review helpful.