The result of a unique collaboration between Sir Brian May, his long-standing guitar tech Pete Malandrone, and House Music, the best-selling BMG Special combines the distinctive aesthetics and sound of the legendary Red Special with a wealth of modern appointments and superb quality, production-line craftsmanship.
All the foundations of the trademark BM sound are present and correct, with construction, pickups and electronics faithfully reproducing the original's unique character and tonal versatility. But this is so much more than just a replica... With a price-tag and a range of new colours driven by Brian's concept of a guitar "for the people", the Special is designed to provide modern players of all musical persuasions with an affordable pro-grade instrument that is the perfect go-to guitar for any performance environment.
True to the look and spirit of the "Old Lady", the instantly recognisable pinstripe-bound, double cutaway mahogany body shape features an acoustic chamber modelled on Brian's original design that enhances the Special's natural resonance and decreases weight.
Engineered with a decidedly contemporary feel, and considerably less deeply contoured than the somewhat gargantuan proportions of the iconic original, the glued-in mahogany neck sports a generous 45mm nut width, comfortably spacious "D" profile, and wonderfully smooth 24 fret ebony fingerboard.
Modern replicas of the vintage '60s Burns design units that are so fundamental to the Red Special's powerful sonic character, the three series-wired, single-coil pickups feature the same retro-styling and magnet alignment as the originals.
As per the original BM design, the Special is equipped with six white-capped slider switches controlling individual pickup on/off and phase reversal, providing a vast range of tonal variations.
Trevor Wilkinson's "Wave" tremolo-bridge provides a striking modern look to the BMG Special as well as smooth, comfortable performance with exceptional stability and sustain.
The distinctive BM style headstock sports 3-a-side locking chrome tuners with an 18:1 gear ratio for precise tuning and a thumbwheel locking mechanism that clamps the string securely. These superb quality machine heads allow for quick and easy string change with fewer string wraps and will maintain rock-solid tuning stability and more accurate return-to-pitch, even with lots of vibrato and string bends.
Coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the completion of the Red Special and 20 glorious years since the launch of the Brian May Guitars brand, every BMG Special now comes complete with a FREE 2024 Sir Brian May "Official Queen Pick" in a perspex collector's case.
A premium quality, padded gig-bag, made from durable showerproof material, with twin rucksack-style shoulder straps, side and front grab handles, dual front pockets and stitched BMG logo, is supplied as standard with all Special models. An optional BMG Custom Fitted Hard Case is also available.
An exclusive demonstration of the first iteration of the BMG Special by the maestro himself.
A superb demo of the Brian May Guitars SPECIAL from young, Brazilian guitar ace Lucas Vianna, a performer in the 2016 São Paulo and 2017 Danish touring productions of the smash hit Queen musical "We Will Rock You".
Lucas uses the Special to demonstrate some of Sir Brian May's favourite switch settings.
Here, Lucas shows off the Special's unique, genre-busting tonal dexterity.
Très bonne guitare. Avec une mécanique précise, facile à jouer, et avec une sonorité originale. Attention juste la petite surprise des frais de douane qui sont facturés pendant la période du transport.
Great job! Love it and will enjoy for many years to come, thank you.
Buena calidad de acabados, sonido muy bueno, no defrauda, y el envío muy rápido. Únicamente destacar q en la frontera, una banda organizada me pidió un 30% más de el valor comprado para terminar el envío... Esa banda es el estado español!!
Very pleasantly surprised at the BMG Special. I knew it would be good but it’s much better than I had anticipated. High quality, nails the key Brian May tones and is great value. I ordered it as I’m going to be playing in a local production of the Queen musical “We will rock you” in 2024. It arrived in Sydney, Australia a week later which is very impressive!! I’d read all the online reviews and watched many of the You Tube clips of the BMG Special. Everything worked perfectly straight out the box. Easy to quickly get used to the pick-up system (I expect I will be playing 90% of the time on the Bridge/ Middle p/u in-phase positions). Only change I made was to put on higher gauge 10-46 strings and re-balance the tremelo arm as I prefer a higher gauge string on all my guitars.Combined with the KAT Brian May Treble Booster and a VOX AC 30 or AC15 amp it sounds awesome ! Very pleased with the purchase and fast service 😀👍
Chitarra curata nei minimi dettagli, settata benissimo. Lo strumento è molto versatile e lo sto usando anche per eseguire canzoni che non sono dei Queen. Il sound della chitarra è una bomba, uguale all'originale. Consiglio vivamente il prodotto ♥️
The sound is very similar to the Brian May guitar, the quality of the product is very good.
I've recently bought the BMG Special and it has immediately become my favorite guitar. I had been waiting for it for many years and finally having it feels awesome. The guitar literally wants to be played, it is extremely comfortable to play and it sounds amazing. The pairing of a BMG Special, sixpence and AmpliTube is probably the best you could ever ask for as a Brian May fan. I absolutely recommend this beauty to all Queen fans and just people who want a very versatile guitar.
Very happy with my BMG Red Special. Looks great, plays great, and puts you in the great man's shoes! Excellent piece of kit! Get one!
Absolutely fantasic guitar I am extremely pleased, it arrived wthin just 3 days! Would 100% recomened to any fan of Brian May. Fantastic work
From my daughter: "this guitar is absolutely amazing, and professional. Coming from a huge fan of Queen and Brian May in general, I love it!"
This has been a life long dream to own a guitar like Brian May.I cannot speak highly enough of the guitar. The delivery was quick and well packaged. Looking forward to purchasing another one in the near future.
Obviously it has an iconic look, but the playability on this machine is amazing. I’ve owned a lot of guitars but this Red Special easily outplays a Gibson Les Paul, SG or even a Tele or Strat. I am amazed at how great this is. This is in my top 3 guitars, no doubt. (It’s on top of it
What an amazing gem!So excited to hold this beautiful BMG Special in my hands.The whole purchasing and delivery process was just impeccable. With regular updates on preparing, delivery, shipping and arrival, I was able to follow the whole journey of my BMG Special. She arrived nicely packed and very well protected to travel safely to her new home. Thank you for all the time and care you gave to this Bijou. And now, let's make some "noise"!
I've been a fan of Brian's since I saw Queen in Waterbury, CT in 1975. So, after all these years, I finally decided to purchase one of his guitars and I am glad I did! Dave in sales and marketing responded to my emails quickly, answering all my questions and concerns. The guitar is a blast to play, great setup, came with 9's, which I prefer. Switch pickup selection is easy to navigate (I set up a strat style with 3 toggles, so familiar) and I am finding unique tones with the phase switching. I am not looking for Brian's sound, just enjoying the guitar for what I play. The shorter scale allows for a very soft feel which is nice. Light touch, slick fret board. I thought playing beyond the twelfth fret migtht be tight, but not a problem. Stays in tune, whammy bar is nice and has a nice subtle touch (I don't dive bomb). No buzz outs on the fret board and I like a low action. Intonation spot on, gig bag is heavy duty and black guitar strap is very cool. I will admit I was surprised it was not double boxed when it arrived but it was well packaged and in the gig bag well wrapped. Thanks guys!
The BMG Special is a bit different than the original Red Special (or BMG Super), but it still has its essence. In my opinion, it's a version of Dr May's guitar with a more modern approach to today's components.Aesthetically it is the most beautiful guitar of all. It has a sound that is so versatile, unique and characteristic that it is impossible not to love it.It maintains the tuning super well. In addition, the guitar having a semi-hollow body, it is much lighter than it seems at first glance.I am lucky to have a BMG Special signed by Dr May.Thanks to Dr May and his entire team for the incredible work you do!
This guitar is just fantastic. I once owned a Fender but never really got into guitar playing, but this guitar just wants you to play. It feels excellent in the hand, and the strings are nice and bendable, but stay very much in tune.The sound it produces is lovely and, especially when using the AmpliTube Brian May, it sounds very much like the man himself.The joy factor of this beauty is very high. So if you can afford it, you won't regret it.
Absolutely love them! Thank you for these amazing quality products and I hope to buy more from you in the future.
Ordering was easy, transport to Germany and customs clearance without any problems. I hadn't personally seen or held the guitar in my hand and I like it. I'm a beginner so can't say much.I would buy them again.
Well, what can I say? I am so ecstatic, delighted, and really beyond words. Dave, you are a legend. My BMG Special has its own place in my massive collection of Queen and Brian May memorabilia... I'm currently looking for a specialist to preserve this wonderful signature that the good Dr has taken the time out to sign. Dave, may I say a fantastic credit to you and your company for my very high quality guitar.I now have more accessories to purchase from your brilliant company. Very, very highly recommended if there are other people out there who would like to buy these guitars.Many thanks again
If you are dreaming of a Red Special (or other colour), let me tell you this... I cannot thank the guys at BMG and Sir Brian May enough for this stunning signed instrument I have before me - and for their amazingly personal service! From the moment I enquired about it until the day it landed in NZ (yes, the opposite side of the planet), they kept me fully informed and up-to-date on the process. And then, the cherry on the top... Sir Brian signed it 2023, I guess knowing it wouldn’t arrive until after the new year among other things. How thoughtful was that!Sir Brian and (Gill/Dave at BMG), I realise the mammoth effort you have all gone to with this promotion and hope you know just how much these amazing instruments inspire everyone who owns one. 'Over doing the job' to use the phrase - but in the best possible way!So thanks again to you for this beautiful instrument that my family and I will cherish hugely - and to anyone still dreaming, I recommend going for it, it's totally worth it! Best wishes from Auckland, New Zealand
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