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Posted: 22 Jul 11, 17:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sorry if this is common knowledge already and I'm just being slow and clueless, but.......how many versions of the "Red Special" has Brian used over the years?

Just been watching Milton Keynes '82 on DVD, and at the beginning, Brian is using a really old guitar - it's in need of a lick of paint and looks as though it's heavily taped together at the bottom, and looks suspiciously like a RS (I'm a naive wee sod, but have assumed it's the original he built with his dad), but later on in the show, he's using a newer, shiny one!

That got me thinking as to how many different versions he's used.....if it IS more than one, is he using the "original" these days, or one of his own replicas?


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Posted: 23 Jul 11, 15:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

one. he uses, and always have used one model

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Posted: 23 Jul 11, 16:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

cb5000 wrote: one. he uses, and always have used one model

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Bullshit.


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Posted: 23 Jul 11, 17:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i would suggest there are so many that "special" is not the best way to describe it
how about "red common as muck"


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Posted: 23 Jul 11, 17:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

cb5000 wrote: one. he uses, and always have used one model =============================================================================================

Well, that can't be true, based on the MK '82 footage alone!


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Posted: 23 Jul 11, 18:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i apologize, apperently he did use another guitar on that show as a backup becuse the strings on the original red special snapped mid-show

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Posted: 23 Jul 11, 19:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

THe one he uses on Live At The Bowl is a copy made by John Birch

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Posted: 24 Jul 11, 03:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Live Gigs:

Red Special - Old Lady (Brian's entire life)
John Birch (smashed during Hot Space Tour)
Guild models with Seymor Duncan pickups ( Live Aid, Works, Magic, and Back to the Light Tour)
Fryer models (Another World Tour)
Guyton models ( Queen + PR)


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Posted: 24 Jul 11, 05:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There are 3 Fryer models called: John, Paul and George according to a Guitarist magazine interview at the time. Didn't he have the Red Special 'Super' Japanese model for dropped Eb tuning for 'Bad Company' on the last tour? And the custom painted space one for Crazy Little Thing?


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Posted: 24 Jul 11, 16:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He used a green Red Special for Fat Bottomed Girls (Drop D tuning, obviously) in San Diego 2006. I remember seeing the "SUPER" one but I don't know if it was in one of the shows I attended or if I saw it in a Live DVD.

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Posted: 24 Jul 11, 18:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks for the detailed answers guys!


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