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Posted: 19 Jul 12, 16:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I play them on my les paul. I was shocked to learn Brian uses 8 gauge strings!
Using 9 gauge on a 25.75" les paul is like spaghetti.
Brian uses 8 gauge on a 25" guitar, Must be like rubber bands! LOL

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Posted: 19 Jul 12, 16:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

yeah i have played the red special replicas and let me tell you the strings are gorgeous to play on, they extremely bendy, he uses 0.09 strings and errm yeah its a joy to play because the strings are a funny metal that doesnt hurt your fingers when playing them


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Posted: 20 Jul 12, 08:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

radiogugu wrote:
I play them on my les paul. I was shocked to learn Brian uses 8 gauge strings!
Using 9 gauge on a 25.75" les paul is like spaghetti.
Brian uses 8 gauge on a 25" guitar, Must be like rubber bands! LOL

He doesn't. He uses a 9 gauge sets from Optiva.(Avaiable from A-strings)
When he started using the gold sets (Maxima before the name change to Optiva)he used their made up 8 gauge sets.
For most of his 70's-90's period he used a bespoke set - 8,9,11,16w,22w,34w. These have varied slightly but in essence are as shown.
His guitar has a scale length of 24" (610mm roughly)and playing these gossamer sets does take a small adjustment of your grip etc.

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Posted: 20 Jul 12, 22:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A little, though I don't own any Red Special copy or anything like that. It definitely would have been more 'slippery' to play

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Posted: 21 Jul 12, 03:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Billy Gibbons uses an 8 gauge set quite similar to what Brian used to use. You can pick them up on eBay although they're not cheap.

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Posted: 24 Jul 12, 05:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Is hear-play some kind of Playing what you hear?


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Posted: 29 Jul 12, 13:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dane wrote:
Is hear-play some kind of Playing what you hear?


You play an intro and I'll name the song I hear!


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Posted: 30 Jul 12, 15:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian uses 9 gauge strings but the feel of the guitar is very light and gentle. You have to look out for the pitch when you bend a string.

I've played several replicas, original and homemades (including my own).


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Posted: 05 Aug 12, 04:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've played the actual red special :D They're the custom 9 set from Astrings, left on until they snap (or look so freyed they are about to).

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Bad Seed wrote: Billy Gibbons uses an 8 gauge set quite similar to what Brian used to use. You can pick them up on eBay although they're not cheap.


They're pretty cheap...

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/.008-gauge-electric-guitar-strings

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Posted: 01 Nov 12, 23:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Red Special is 24' scale.

I have a RS and the strings are very easy to bend , low action and excellent finish. However it takes a while to get used to the pickups. it has less character that a stratocaster and it lacks the woody crunchy sound of the les paul, however it has a very own sound in several of the pickup combinations. Im sure having a proper vox ac30 its a must. I use a tiny solid state vox amp.


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Posted: 04 Nov 12, 01:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I tried to play Crazy Little Thing Called Love on guitar--I didn't know three chords.

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Posted: 04 Nov 12, 01:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hey Greg, I can teach you those 3 bloody chords when you come to Edmonton in little less than 2 weeks from now ;-)

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Posted: 04 Nov 12, 05:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Edmonton now! Jeez. You give a guy an enhanced driver's license and all of a sudden he thinks he owns the place. :P

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Posted: 04 Nov 12, 05:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In reality, if my memory serves correctly, it's 6 or 7 chords

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Posted: 04 Nov 12, 17:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

All I could figure out were "some day one day", tymd, and a ton of the solos...
read a transcription of "my melancholy blues", "dreamers ball" and "its late"

Can do most of both now

Apologies for all the three's...

My mobile phone seems to b on its last hurrah... The two/e button won't function :(


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Posted: 05 Nov 12, 03:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

matt z wrote:
Th3 two/e button won't function :(


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I have played several Queen songs before on guitar.. Given my lack of commitment and poor memory however, I can only actually play a couple from memory. I play a composite of lead and rhythm guitar (similar to Brian in a live setting) for Hammer To Fall, Hard Life, Bo Rhap, Killer Queen, It's Late (can't play the tapping solo though, I'm not that good), I Want It All (again, solo is too fast), Too Much Love Will Kill You & Days Of Our Lives. Not as comprehensive a knowledge as I would like but better than nothing I suppose.

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Posted: 05 Nov 12, 08:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I know a few Queen bits...