BMG Special - Antique Cherry
BMG Special - Antique Cherry
BMG Special - Antique Cherry
BMG Special - Antique Cherry

BMG Special - Antique Cherry

List Price £995.00
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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.

Acoustic Chambered Mahogany Body

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.

24" Scale Mahogany Neck

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. 

Tri-Sonic Style Pickups

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.

Original BM Switching System

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.

Wilkinson Knife-Edge Tremolo

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.

Locking Tuners

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.

Complete with Padded Gig Bag

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.

Body Acoustic chambered mahogany with mahogany top
FINISH Gloss polyurethane
Binding 6-ply pinstripe, front and back
Neck 1-piece mahogany
NECK JOIN Set neck construction
Truss Rod Dual action / 440mm
Fingerboard Coromandel ebony
Frets 24 x medium jumbo 18% nickel/silver vintage size frets + zero fret
Fret Wire Crown Height: 0.914mm (0.036") / Crown Width: 2.7mm (0.106") / Radius: 230mm (9.0")
Inlays BM pattern white front + side dots (Φ 6mm / Φ 1.5mm)
StriNG GUIDE PPS (45mm x 6mm)
Pickups 3 x BM brand custom Tri-Sonic style series wired single coil pickups
Switches White slider switches – 3 x pickup on/off / 3 x pickup phase in/out
Controls Master volume / Master Tone (A500K / B500K) with BM replica aluminium control knobs
Bridge Wilkinson WVP 2-point, knife edge tremolo (36mm block) with brass saddles
Tremolo Arm Custom BMG arm with plastic tip
Machineheads 3-a-side chrome thumbwheel locking tuners with 18:1 gear ratio
Pickguards Plastic main control plate and half-moon tail plate with matching truss rod cover, black tremolo cavity cover
Overall Length 98.8cm (38.9")
Body Length 40.63cm (16")
Body Width 35.67cm (14")
Body Depth 40mm (1.57")
WEIGHT Approx. 3.2kg (7lb)
Scale 610mm (24")
Neck Width at Nut 45mm (1.77")
Neck Width at 12th Fret 53mm (2.09")
Neck Width at 24th Fret 57mm (2.24")
Neck Depth at 1st Fret 22mm (0.87")
Neck Depth at 12th Fret 24mm (0.94")
String Spacing at Nut 36mm (1.42")
String Spacing at 12th Fret 45mm (1.77")
String Spacing at Bridge 54mm (2.13")
Strings D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Wound Super Light – Plain Steel .009 - .011 - .016 / Wound .024 - .032 - .042
INCLUDED GIG BAG Premium quality BMG gig bag with twin shoulder straps, side/front grab handles, dual zipped front pockets and stitched logo
Country Of Origin World Musical Instruments Co. Ltd., South Korea
Audio Demos

SIR Brian May

An exclusive demonstration of the first iteration of the BMG Special by the maestro himself.


Lucas Vianna

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.


Customer Reviews
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464 Reviews:

The best present ever
24 June 2024  | 

I got a BMG Special for my daughter, and she is delighted with it: the best present of her whole life, she said.

The shipment was very fast and the parcel company chosen by BMG made a great job and eased me custom procedures.

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23 June 2024  | 

Ha sido un regalo para mí hijo por su buen rendimiento escolar. Guitarra increíble!!!
Está entusiasmado!! Ojalá algún día podamos llegar a verlo tocar sobre un escenario!!😝🫶

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30 May 2024  | 

Very good guitar, sound is spectacular in general.

Guitar surface arrived with some scratches. Nothing big, but I was expecting something neat.

I bought the hard case, but guitar was shipped separately from it, it makes no sense, besides in custom I had to pay for two packages.

6th string was fretting hard. Has to make some adjustments to fix it. Again, a product like this should arrive ready to plug and play.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Great guitar
29 April 2024  | 

Awesome guitar and not just for Queen fans -works for most styles and plays like a dream.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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New Review
25 April 2024  | 

I wanted to thank you all for making a wonderful and versatile piece of musical art. Having been a fan of Brian May (and Queen, of course) since 1975, part of Brian's playing slipped into my DNA as a budding guitarist.

When I saw the Red Special on Guitar Center's website I knew I would have to get one. It arrived yesterday and I am absolutely in love with it. At 61 years old, I feel like a 15 year old kid again.

So... THANK YOU for this beautiful new piece of my life!!!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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The guitar I needed
14 April 2024  | 

As a Queen/Brian May fan, I knew I needed the BMG special.

When I got it, I realized how much it adds to my playing experience thanks to its light weight, incredible pickup options, long fretboard and great tremolo system.

The guitar sounds amazing, especially when playing the iconic music of Queen, but also when playing any other song.

Bonus points for the incredibly fast shipping! (Less than 3 days).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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One happy 67 year old picker
05 April 2024  | 

I received my signed Brian May Special last month along with a superb hard case and soft case and could not be more delighted. I want to thank Dave Good (at House Music, London) especially for his assistance in purchasing this great guitar. It plays beautifully, well, it would surely do so if I was a better player!

I can find no fault with it - the action is as low as I like it to be and, to top it off, to have the Guitar signed by Sir Brian May himself... well, Dave, you have made this old man very happy indeed. I smile every time I take it out and play it.

Please send my thanks to Sir Brian for taking time out to do this. God bless him. Many thanks.

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Must have guitar
25 March 2024  | 

The guitar has a great sound and is fun to play.

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An outstanding guitar
08 March 2024  | 

Right out of the box, this guitar very quickly became one of my favourites. It feels and plays exactly the way I would expect from a guitar which originates from the fine craftspeople in South Korea (the same factory that used to make the PRS SE guitars when they were as good or better than the USA versions).

The fit & finish is absolutely perfect and the feel is pure quality. There's clear plastic on the pickguards, pickups, truss rod cover and rear cover so don't be fooled into thinking the plastic parts aren't shiny!

I like my action set very low and this guitar allows me to have the strings just off the frets. I haven't had to adjust the truss rod at all and I'm still rocking the strings that it came with as they feel great.

This is also a very versatile instrument I don't play in a Queen tribute band at all but I could play absolutely any gig with this guitar.

I now keep looking at the pink LE!

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Fast shipping from the UK to USA - Nice guitar!
28 February 2024  | 

The quality of the guitar is amazing. Very easy to play. Love it!

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Fantastic guitar - and not just for playing Brian May/Queen
28 February 2024  | 

I am more than happy with the BMG Special. It sounds great, it feels great, and the unique pickup system is very versatile! The thicker neck feels very comfortable and now that I'm used to it, I actually prefer it over a standard neck.

My concern when buying it was that some had mentioned that it is only good for attempting to replicate Brian's sound. However, after testing it out, that is just not true. Playing songs from some of my other favourite artists such as Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, even Avenged Sevenfold, all sounded great on this guitar.

On top of that, it is simply a beautiful instrument. I've already had people ask me if they can see it, and I've had it with me at a couple of music shops and it certainly turned some heads.

I have no trouble admitting how impressed with this thing I am. As a huge Brian May fan, and even just as a person learning how to play guitar, I am very happy that this is the guitar I went with.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Très bonne guitare
05 February 2024  | 

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.

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Great job
30 October 2023  | 

Great job! Love it and will enjoy for many years to come, thank you.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Spanish guitarrist
13 October 2023  | 

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!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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BMG Special guitar - good quality, fast delivery and awesome, classic sound !
12 October 2023  | 

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 😀👍

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Prodotto eccellente
31 August 2023  | 

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 ♥️

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Very good
18 June 2023  | 

The sound is very similar to the Brian May guitar, the quality of the product is very good.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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My lifelong dream
09 June 2023  | 

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.

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Special indeed
01 June 2023  | 

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!

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Absolutely fantastic!
31 May 2023  | 

Absolutely fantasic guitar I am extremely pleased, it arrived wthin just 3 days! Would 100% recomened to any fan of Brian May. Fantastic work

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