Added on 20-Aug-2001
Finally, the Burns replica of Brian's 'Red Special' is available.From www.burnsguitars.com:
The Brian May Signature model - the Red Special - will be finally available in October 2001.
This Guitar has taken over two years to come to fruition and is the end result of 22 prototype models.
Brian May was insistent that not only should this guitar be affordable but is of the highest standard using only the best quality timber and parts available.
As the Guitar has developed Brian has inspected each prototype, changing only small details to achieve the end product.
This Guitar is now as exact a replica as you would expect, with the exception of the tremelo unit which Brian has agreed to use on the production models.
The Burns Tri-Sonic Pickups are handmade to the original design and when tested alongside the original Red Special guitar Brian was astonished by the similarity of the sound.
The pickup switching system is also exactly the same as the original spec. An on/off switch for each of the pickups and an in and out of Phase switch for each pickup, this allows you to obtain all pickup combinations.
One Master Volume and One Master Tone control.
Brian also insisted that the nut width should be the same as per original 45mm.
The Machineheads were also a critical factor, for greater turning stability Brian chose locking Grover Tuners.
The neck is hardrock maple and glued to the body, fitted with an A grade Ebony fingerboard. With 24 medium frets, + zero fret, Scale 24 1/4 inch.
Achieving the colour was one of the biggest obstables as most people who know of Brian's original Guitar consider it to be Red!!! In fact the Guitar is more Brown colour due to the natural colour of the wood and the fence stain Brian used to finish it in the sixties.
Brian agreed to compromise with a slightly redder finish.
There are two colours available, Vintage Cherry (Red) and three tone sunburst as this was Brian's request.
This guitar is staggering value at only: £499.00
Custom fitted case with Burns Emblem: £78.00
Source: www.burnsguitars.com + www.queenworld.com