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
  • A Brian May Guitars Classic Logo T-Shirt
  • 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

T-shirt colour may vary according to stock availability.
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:  
Exceptional service
Monday, 16 November 2020  |  Keith

I would like to thank you for the prompt and exceptional service I received from you regarding my recent purchase of this guitar. I was concerned that the looming lockdown may have affected the dispatch of it. However, I was delighted that the order was promptly processed and dispatched within a day of you receiving my order. It arrived in New Zealand 5 days from me placing the order, and I received it at home less than two weeks after ordering it. It is a lovely instrument and very good value and I am delighted with, both it, and the service from you and the team. I also would like to mention the excellent service from DHL, the freight company. I hope that you all stay safe in these uncertain times of covid  and wish you well for the future. I will certainly deal with your company again  in the future, and highly recommend  you to my musician friends. Thank you.


Rating:  
Better than I could have imagined
Tuesday, 10 November 2020  |  Ian

Just a quick message to say 'thank you' for all your help with the purchase of my red special. She arrived today and is better than I could have imagined, please pass my thanks to all concerned.


Rating:  
Very well packed with prompt delivery
Monday, 9 November 2020  |  Evelyn

Ordered my first BMG Mini May on 23 October 2020 and well received on 29 October 2020 within two days after dispatch from UK via DHL. Good sounds and very good design! Love it so much!


Rating:  
FANTASTIC!!
Friday, 6 November 2020  |  Karen

Thank you so much! I can't wait to give this as a Christmas gift! Excellent service and delivery was flawless. Cheers!


Rating:  
Of course I had to get this guitar...
Thursday, 5 November 2020  |  Wayne

When I was in kindergarten in 1973, I remember hearing "Keep Yourself Alive" on the radio... was hooked immediately. Through the years, as I learned to play and tinker, I tried to emulate the "Old Lady" by rewiring my guitars, fiddling with amps and effects, etc...

FINALLY - I just go straight to the source, and get my own Red Special... it's well appointed, plays wonderfully, was set up rather well out of the box (some minor tweaks), and it sounds OUTRAGEOUS. I've got the Amplitube Brian May emulations, as well as the Vox BM-1 "Deacy" amp and a bunch of time to play and get familiar with the feel of the guitar. This is my 9th electric guitar in my current collection, and already one of my all time favorites. When the pandemic is history, and I can start gigging again, this WILL be one of my main players.
THANKS for putting out such an awesome instrument at such an affordable price! Who knows - I may get another...


Rating:  
In LOVE with both of my Honeyburst Specials
Tuesday, 3 November 2020  |  Armand

Playing this BMG "Honeyburst Special" is simply a POEM - it is very inspiring and damn fun, because she is built absolutely great, very easy to play and ALWAYS tuning-stable - not least thanks to the zero fret and the GROVER locking mechanisms (factory standard!).

😉 Conclusion: price & performance miracle!

That's the reason why I've purchased two of them! You never know - if they will stop producing such amazing Limited Edition Models like the Honeyburst again! You take this guitar in your hand and you immediately fall in love with it... Guaranteed!

Best wishes and thanks to BRIAN MAY for such a wonderful instrument!

Highest recommandation from my part as a professional studio & live guitarist!!

Yours, Mandy


Rating:  
All of you there are amazing
Friday, 30 October 2020  |  Gino

Every time I make a purchase with you guys, your customer service amazes me! Thank you for the update, all of you there are amazing. Thanks for all your help.


Rating:  
Amazing!
Friday, 30 October 2020  |  Susan

I bought this for my daughter who adores Brian May, every moment she gets she is playing that guitar!


Rating:  
Love it!
Thursday, 29 October 2020  |  Evelyn

Received my Mini May today. Love it! Thanks for the prompt delivery.


Rating:  
Just fun to play
Thursday, 29 October 2020  |  Andreas

Coming from a Strat style guitar, a MusicMan Silhouette, the BMG with its small scaling is so much fun to play, so easy. I found myself grabbing the BMG more and more and now it has become MY GUITAR. For those of you who like playing lots of soulful bendings (and hate blisters on the fingers)... try it out

P.S. Im using the BMG together with 008 Pyramid String (one of the softest strings) and need only two spring of the tremolo, which pushes the softness even further.

Cheers, Andy!


Rating:  
Nice shirt
Wednesday, 28 October 2020  |  Claire

Bought this for my husband who is into guitars. I ordered extra large and am pleased with the fit and also like the the style - goes well with jeans and has a neat v-neck style collar. The service was good - arrived within 2 or 3 days of purchase and I was kept informed of the delivery status through email.