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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 05:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Date: 24th September 2004
Venue: Wembley Arena, London, UK
Event: Celebrating 50 Years of the Strat
Artists: Brian May, Paul Rodgers, Jeff Beck, Bryan Adams, Ronny Wood, David Gilmore, Joe Walsh, the Crickets, Hank Marvin and many more.
Source: Paul Rodgers' official site

No way I'm going - I'm sure Brian will be in Las Vegas that day just to check if the last 8 seconds of NOBY in the musical are note-by-note as he wants.

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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 05:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He doesn't even play a Strat.


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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 05:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He had a Stratocaster when he was young.

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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 06:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He had a Stratocaster when he was young.


No way, He made the Red Special because he didn't have money for a Les Paul or a Strat like his friends had. When he signed to a label with Queen he got a Les Paul, as a spare guitar.

I don't think he ever owned a Strat...

unless you got any quotes or pics to prove i'm wrong :-)


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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 06:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Visit my site or Martin`s and you`ll see the Strat, and quotes from Brian about the Strat he owned. In fact he had it before the LP. And he was young at that time (twenty something)


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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 07:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He may have had a strat when he was young, but all accounts I've read indicate the Red Special was his first good quality guitar, before any strat or les paul. He is playing a strat or a strat copy in the video for Play The Game.

I have a couple of good guitar magazine articles with BM. I will try to get them posted here. One is the cover story from Guitar Player in January 1983. There is some grumbling about how he wants to get back to making rock records(I believe they were touring in support of Hot Space at the time).


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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 07:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

One could make the case for Brian appearing at this by way of his guitar possibly being an improvement on the strat. They are both double cutaway instruments with three single coil pickups, but the red special allows every possible combination of those pickups, I think. At any rate he can get any combination of pickups and control the phase of each pickup independently. He also says his whammy bar works better than a strat.


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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 08:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mr. Scully wrote:

I'm sure Brian will be in Las Vegas that day just to check if the last 8 seconds of NOBY in the musical are note-by-note as he wants.
LMAO

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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 09:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If that is true then it will the first time Brian will be back at the NEW Wembly! Im sure he will make a statement on his website about it!

GO DR. MAY!!!


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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 09:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wembley Arena, not Wembley Stadium; it's kinda there, but it's not the same thing- you know that, right?

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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 09:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OH! Sorry.


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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 11:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes I never meant a Strat was his first, but he did have one while he was young. It was his second electric. His third was the LP, the fourth... the Birch copy. From then on, who knows... Burns, Greco, etc


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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 11:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There are more non-Stratocaster users on that list. Could it be this was meant to be a Telecaster-party?? Because that makes a whole lot more sence as ALL of the artists above do (or did) use that one, including Brian?!

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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 13:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Let`s see:

Brian May: He`s not actually a commercial guitar user. But yes he`d be more for a Teleparty. Btw Roger did play Strat a lot on stage.

Paul Rodgers: I`ve always seen him with Strat, or with acoustic

Jeff Beck: Strat

Bryan Adams: He has a black Strat doesn`t he? Anyway I`ve seen him more playing some kind of Gretsch thing...

Ronny Wood: As far as I remember, his main guitars are a sunburts Strat, a natural Tele and a Gibson Jumbo.

David Gilmore: Strat, yes he had a Tele, but used it ocassionally

Joe Walsh: I`ve seen him with both

Crickets: No idea

Hank Marvin : One of the most famous Strat people.

I wonder what happened to Eric Clapton not to be mentioned in this list... and Yngwie Malmsteen


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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 13:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Clapton and malmsteen maybe are out of budget :D


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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 14:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"No way I'm going - I'm sure Brian will be in Las Vegas that day just to check if the last 8 seconds of NOBY in the musical are note-by-note as he wants."

LOL Scully.



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Posted: 03 Sep 04, 17:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Didn't Paul Rogers & Brian also play the Gibson anniversary about 10 years ago?

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Posted: 04 Sep 04, 06:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If they paid me, I probably would, although the endless guitar solos must be rather annoying.


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Posted: 04 Sep 04, 11:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I believe the guitar used in Crazy Little Thing Called Love was a telecastor or strat... either way, it was a Fender. And it doesn't matter - ANY guitar event should include Brian!

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Posted: 04 Sep 04, 12:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

brian played at a gibson show about 10 yrs ago...so why wouldn't he play on this one