The Brian May Guitars Special

Inspired by Brian May's legendary Red Special, an instrument that has achieved iconic status and its own unique place in rock history, The BMG Special is a stunning guitar, blessed with superb build quality, awesome playability and an astonishingly rich diversity of killer tones.

In fact it delivers everything you'd expect from an instrument built to the exacting standards of one of the world's greatest musicians but, in keeping with Brian's vision of a "guitar for the people", with an amazingly affordable price-tag that belies its superior appointments and performance.

Without question one of the most eagerly anticipated instruments of the century, the original House Music helmed, Burns branded Brian May Signature was unleashed in the winter of 2001 to rapturous critical and public acclaim. UK "Guitar Bible", Guitarist Magazine hailed it as "Best Guitar Of The Year" and theatre audiences around the globe thrilled to the guitar's sound in performance in the hit Queen musical "We Will Rock You".

But the story certainly didn't end there.

Teaming up with Brian and his long-standing guitar technician, Pete Malandrone, House Music established Brian May Guitars in 2004 with the launch of an all-new "Special". With production re-located to one of the world's most respected instrument manufacturing facilities, The BMG Special featured significant improvements in design, specification and construction. Subsequent iterations - released in 2006, 2012 and 2017 - have seen further upgrades and refinements to the Special's bridge assembly, pickups, electronics, hardware, finishing and colour choices.

Simply put, the world's best artist designed production guitar has consistently got a whole lot better.

The BMG Special is an immensely versatile, pro-grade instrument designed not just to replicate the unique sound of one of rock 'n' roll's true heroes, but also to provide modern musicians of all musical persuasions with the perfect go-to guitar for any performance environment.

Special Features

  • Two-Piece Scratch Plate
  • Set-In Mahogany Neck
  • 24" Scale - 24 Fret Ebony Fingerboard
  • Grover Locking Rotomatic® Tuners
  • Dual Truss Rod
  • Graphite nut
  • Wilkinson WVP Knife Edge Tremolo Bridge with BM Custom Trem Arm
  • 3 x BM Brand Tri-Sonic Style, Series Wired, Single Coil Pickups
  • Aluminium Replica "Top-Hat" Volume + Tone Control Knobs
  • Original BM Style Electrics - Individual Pickup ON/OFF + Phase Switching System
  • Supplied with BMG custom Gig Bag
  • Acoustic Chambered Mahogany Body
  • Optional BMG fitted hard case also available

Starting Monday, October 14th for a strictly limited period, every BMG Special purchased will be accompanied by an Official Brian May sixpence produced by the British Pobjoy Mint to commemorate the 2005 Queen + Paul Rodgers World Tour. This exclusive, limited edition coin comes complete in a perspex display case.

Promotion applies to purchases made on or after Monday, September 14th 2019 and will be available strictly while stocks last.
Please note that this exclusive coin is not available for purchase separately.


In the wake of the phenomenal global success of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” movie and with interest in all things Queen and Brian May related at an all-time high, demand for all BMG instruments is bigger than ever. We have regular shipments of the BMG Special in the classic Antique Cherry finish arriving EVERY MONTH, alongside selected LE Series colours, but we anticipate that these will almost certainly sell out VERY quickly.

If the model/colour you wish to purchase is marked as "Currently Sold Out", please be sure to register on the relevant product page to receive an email notification as soon as that instrument is available for online purchase/pre-order.

Such high demand also inevitably means that it may take us slightly longer than usual to prepare instruments for despatch, so your patience is greatly appreciated as we work hard to process orders as quickly as possible. As soon as your guitar is despatched you will receive a confirmation email with a tracking number, allowing you to follow its progress every step of the way.

The BMG Special  Antique Cherry

The BMG Special Antique CherryFrom:  £695.00  (174)

The BMG Special  Antique Cherry  Left Handed

The BMG Special Antique Cherry Left HandedFrom:  £725.00

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