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
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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 finished in a rich Antique Cherry, a one-piece, black pickguard, 31.5” scale mahogany neck, and 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© open gear tuners.

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

The BMG Bass Features

BODY RS-Style, Double Cutaway Mahogany
Finish Antique Cherry with Cream Edge Binding
NECK Mahogany, Set-in
FINGERBOARD 20 Fret Ebony, with White BM-Pattern, pearl Dot Markers
Pickups Humbucker (Neck) + Single Coil (Bridge)
Machineheads Hipshot Ultralite© Bass Tuners, with Y Keys
HARDWARE Vintage style Hi-Mass Bridge + Aluminum "Top Hat" Knobs
EXTRAS Complete with Premium Quality BMG Padded Gig Bag

For other exciting models based on classic bass designs of the 1960s, you may also wish to check out the Bass Collection and British Bass Masters ranges, available exclusively at the Bass Centre, the world's first, foremost and most famous bass guitar specialist.

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 Ultralite© Open-Gear Bass Tuners, with Y Keys
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

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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!?


Roger Newell // Guitarist Magazine // September 2012

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

Unlike the obvious Strat/Precision or the SG/EB-3 pairing, the Brian May Bass seems a somewhat curious design choice. However, seeing it in the flesh and, indeed, playing it, proves its worth. A short 800mm (31.5-inch) scale length means it's visually well proportioned, with a set neck construction and a cherry-red, fully bound mahogany body, mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard. It has 20 frets, Hipshot tuners and the bridge is a high-mass, raised-tail design. Although the bass is made in Korea to keep the costs trim and is less electronically complicated than the Brian May guitar, it's a very nicely put together instrument.


Passive circuitry provides individual volume controls for the huge Gibson-style humbucker and the skirted Burns-like single-coil set, alongside a master tone control. Curiously, the humbucker does not dominate the sound, so it's easy to get a good balance between the two. Rolling back the tone control reveals an almost parametric slant for the very last section and produces a great throatiness to the overall sound that is both unexpected and rather good. Backing off both volume controls a little actually unleashes the best hollow tones, too.


Full of sound and visual appeal, the Brian May Bass is a little pricey for the beginner, but if you want something off the beaten track, this has a great deal to offer. It's delightful to play, with its own sounds and character – recommended.

The Bottom Line

We like : Well styled and nicely built; unexpected variety of solid sounds.
We dislike : Chrome knobs would suit the guitar better.

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Damn fun bass!
Friday, 3 June 2022  | 

I'm a big fan of active electronics but this thing has some great sounds!

I'm a fan of the mudbucker and my old EB3 copy is active. This little
monster sounds great as it is!

Great range, comfortable scale for my arthritis, and fun to play. From a low end thump to a crisp high, this bass does great.

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Worthwhile addition to one's tonal arsenal
Wednesday, 18 August 2021  | 

To say that the BMG Bass is unique would be stating the obvious. Unfortunately, this bass not being as well-known or widely distributed as its cousins from Fender, Gibson, et. al., means that there is a dearth of demonstration videos on the internet to display to the public the sonic properties of this instrument. I concluded that if I wanted to know, I would have to buy it myself.

I was not disappointed. To begin with, the bass ships in a high-quality gig bag that will do almost as well as a hard-shell case in all but the most extreme of circumstances. She was smaller than I had expected, but the diminutive size translates well to portability, and does nothing to diminish her sonic power. Fit and finish were superb, and she was set up right out of the box; intonation and string height were perfect. The neck is a little thicker than I would prefer, but by no means uncomfortable. I was surprised as well that she does not amplify the string whisper one gets when playing round wound strings.

Her aesthetics hearken back to Gibson's early EB-style basses, the EB-3 specifically. However, unlike the Gibson, which had a rotary-style selector switch for the pickups, the BMG bass relies entirely on two volumes and a master tone. The side-wound neck pickup--very much like Gibson's famous "Mudbucker--" does indeed provide a very muddy basic tone. In order to get any clarity from this pickup alone, one must crank the master tone to maximum. Cutting in the single-coil bridge allows for tonal variation that can answer almost any demand, though; even rivaling some of the burpy tones of a Fender Jazz Bass. This little contender can dial up the burp even farther for a high-definition sound guaranteed to dominate in any mix. Adjusting the volume knobs reveals a mobile "sweet spot," giving a wide variety of useful tones.

I ran into a problem taking her out for the first time; halfway through rehearsal, I started to get a lot of hiss, pop, and cutout. Tapping the pots would resolve the issue for a few seconds, then she would act up again. I opened her up to have a look, and shot the pots with Deoxit. This solved the problem for all except the bridge volume pot, which I had to replace; and here I found the only real complaint that I have: the interior wiring was not neatly done. I guess roughly 80% of owners will never have to deal with this, but I had a time sorting out what was connected to what. Additionally, there was not a great deal of slack in the wire, greatly reducing my margin for error. Fortunately, I was able to work with what was there, and I replaced the bridge volume pot without undue difficulty. She now works as intended, and sounds just as sweet as she's supposed to.

To sum up: this bass, while not likely to be your main axe, is still an excellent purchase. She's perfect for early 60's inspired British blues rock, and doesn't do too badly re-interpreting later tunes. I have a great deal of fun playing her; her shorter scale length means easier playing, and she can be just as burpy or boomy as the Fender Jazz Bass. She can even push both burp and boom to obnoxious lengths, if you require. Even with the difficulties I had with her, I'm glad I bought her--no danger of buyer's remorse here!

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One of a kind bass
Friday, 2 July 2021  | 

The BMG Bass is a finely crafted bass guitar with a smooth, deep tone ideal for those classic British sounding songs. It is well balanced with nicely fitted quality hardware and two classic style pickups. Finished in glossy red it really does look the part. Comes with a very cool practical gig bag. Excellent sales and service by the Brian May team, I ordered this on a Saturday morning and was delivered to my residence in Brisbane Queensland Australia 10 days later. Outstanding in every way. Cheers.

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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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3 of 4 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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2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


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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19 of 19 people found this review helpful.