"*Thu 30 Dec 04**
BRIAN MAY GUITAR CO
QUEEN LEGEND GETS OWN GUITAR LINE
Burns and Brian May have parted company. Burns launched the Brian May signature - a cost-effective repro of May's fabled Red Special - in 2001 and the success of that guitar has brought about a new venture led by Brian, House Music's MD Barry Moorhouse and Brian's tech Pete Malandrone. The previously Burns-branded Brian May signature will remain the same, except it'll now have a signature Brian May logo on the headstock instead of Burns.
The aim of the new company is to expand on the success of Brian May's guitar by "producing variants of that particular guitar in addition to a complete range of Brian May instruments, accessories and associated products," explains Moorhouse. "The concept is that the expanded range should eventually establish the design as a competitor to any classic guitar design, a guitar in its own right for musicians to play styles not necessarily associated with the classic Queen sound."
We can look forward to the Mini May - a travel-sized version of the guitar - and an electro-acoustic shaped like May's Red Special is under development in association with acoustic-maker Lakewood.
Moorhouse also mused that we'll see Brian May effects in the not too distant future.
Contact: House Music 0207 481 3350
Sooooo... the same "budget" Burns model will remain? Good idea and also good that there should be some new things coming the guitarist's way from Brian. Any ideas for what they could be? I'm guessing it could have something to do with the products that he and Fryer had a hand in over the last few years.
Anyway, sounds good and it will be interesting to see what variations on the original red special will be made. Again, any ideas for improving or adding little bells and whistles?