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Posted: 14 Jun 05, 02:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

did brian always use a coin when he played the red special or did he use a pick sometimes.


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Posted: 14 Jun 05, 03:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

As I know Brian always use a sixpence coin to play his redspecial. I don't know with other guitars...

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Posted: 14 Jun 05, 07:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He used the coin because he found it gave the best sound out of all things he tried, various picks etc. And it does do a good job ^_^. He liked the coins so much he had the UK Mint print him up some.


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Posted: 14 Jun 05, 13:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Always a coin or fingers.

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Posted: 14 Jun 05, 14:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They sell them on queenonline

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Posted: 14 Jun 05, 16:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I read somewhere where Brian said regular picks (plastic, celluloid, whatever) were too "bendy" (his word.) Also the serrated edge of a sixpence has a nice "ragged" (my word) effect on the strings.

Hopefully this thread will head off a similar thread being posted momentarily by Mr. Knoxville . . . ;-)


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Posted: 15 Jun 05, 04:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

...or you can get them on the tour. They sell it in the merchandise shop.

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Posted: 15 Jun 05, 05:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

tupincs wrote:

...or you can get them on the tour. They sell it in the merchandise shop.


And they are really cheap, compared to the other merchandise items. :)


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Posted: 15 Jun 05, 06:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Actually, you can get sixpence coins just about anywhere that antiques or collectables are sold. They wouldn't be that expensive. Ask old people you know.
Or be original and use a penny or a Fijian 5c piece or something.


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Posted: 16 Jun 05, 03:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

dragonzflame wrote:

Actually, you can get sixpence coins just about anywhere that antiques or collectables are sold. They wouldn't be that expensive. Ask old people you know.
Or be original and use a penny or a Fijian 5c piece or something.


But they do not have Brian's face, name and tour dates on the coins in the stores, do they? ;)


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Posted: 16 Jun 05, 04:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have this Queen guitar tablature book that comes with a cd with reproductions of all the various songs.....it was said, to simulate Brian May's sound, the guitar player used an American quarter as a pick.....probably mainly cus it has the same kind of jagged edge......

Incidentally, I find that I prefer using a quite heavy pick myself.....for that same reason of not liking the feeling of the pick bending.....


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Posted: 16 Jun 05, 04:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

and........I remember reading somewhere that Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top uses or used a Mexican peso coin as a pick :)


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Posted: 18 Jun 05, 13:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I made my own pick out of an american quarter. I honestly do like it better than a plastic pick, gives the guitar a stronger sound.


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