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Posted: 19 Sep 08, 08:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The new Super guitar has been quite a mystery for some time. There has been much speculation as to what the guitars specifications are.
There has been little or no information made available.

Mike Ryde and I have discussed this guitar many times, even wondering how different the production models would be from Mike’s own prototype model.
We approached Greg Fryer asking if he would be happy to answer an in depth questionnaire about this guitar.

Greg has very kindly returned this questionnaire. KZ Guitar Works has also very kindly supplied some excellent pictures.

With the recent video footage of Brian using the Super live on stage during the current Queen and Paul Rodgers tour, this all seems so much more relevant.

The link below is a downloadable PDF presentation of the questionnaire.

http://www.mikeryde.com/super/Super_GF_Quest.pdf

This presentation offers an insight into the design team, their ideas, construction details and technical challenges experienced in creating the Super.
The changes requested to the original prototype models are fully described as well as the highly important Fryer/Adeson Tri-Sonic pick-ups developed using the technical specifications of the original “father and son” modified Tri-Sonics on the original Red Special.
Enjoy!

Mark Reynolds

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Posted: 19 Sep 08, 08:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Very interesting, thank you very much for posting this


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Posted: 19 Sep 08, 13:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Not as good as Brian's next commercial venture:

http://www.boners.com/grub/800354.html


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Posted: 19 Sep 08, 15:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That type of guitar was produced a long time ago by John Birch in the UK.
Old hat.



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Posted: 19 Sep 08, 16:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't think that Brian is playing this guitar. Maybe a souped-up version was made especially for Brian, but I doubt his meets these standards:

About the wood:
“would provide an extremely satisfactory sounding instrument but would not be nearly as expensive a process for manufacturing”

About the glued on neck:
“This is a more cost effective way to make a production model guitar.”

About the cheap Wilkerson roller bridge:
“Cost factors are the reason we’re using the Wilkerson roller bridge… this instrument has been designed to fulfill a certain price range


Price?

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Posted: 19 Sep 08, 17:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sorry to disappoint you but I know the maker of these guitars personally.
There was nothing "souped up" about Brian's guitar.

The price:
£2,495.00

Go to www.brianmayguitars.co.uk for the latest on Brian's range.....

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Posted: 02 Oct 08, 08:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"I don't think that Brian is playing this guitar. "

Actually Brian has been playing the BMG Super throughout the current tour. His version is a prototype and is less acurate than the current production models.



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Posted: 02 Oct 08, 10:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Nice info guys :)


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Posted: 03 Oct 08, 10:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Here's a picture of the Super that Brian is playing live, You can tell it's the Super by virtue of the f*****g great big 'SUPER' sticker on it!...just in case there was any doubt!

http://server.5under.de/download/brian.JPG


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Posted: 03 Oct 08, 11:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mark, good to see you on the boards!