Price paid: £ 465
Purchased from: www.dolphinmusic.co.uk
Sound — 10
This guitar suits my music style great, has I said above it can get you any sound you want. It can cover pop, Indie, classic rock, rock, hard rock, metal at a stretch. Just with metal, some guitars could be better suited for it but this guitar can handle it if need be. I'm using a Vox VT15 but I've owned a number of guitars with this amp from a Peavey Wolfgang, Ibanez RG350, Epiphone Les Paul Standard and Custom, Parker P42 and so far this Brian May guitar as got to be my favorite. People say these guitars don't work well with Marshall amps but I just think they were only after Brian May's sound as these guitars sound beautiful through a Marshall. Only effect I use through this is a Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi, I'm not that big on effects really. The guitar can get noisy if you have 2 pick ups on and 1 of them out of phase but I think thats just the nature of the guitar as it makes the notes really scream. The guitar can give you rich, full, bright and any other sound you want. You really have to try one out and play with the pick up switches to believe it. Theres so much variety, especially for the money I paid for it. It is now my number 1 guitar thanks to this.
Overall Impression — 10
I play rock mainly like The Darkness, Queen, Stone Gods, CKY, HIM, anything in between and this guitar suits that music very well. I've been playing for about 5 years or so now and I own a Parker P42, Peavey Wolfgang Special, Ibanez RG350, Epiphone Les Paul Standard, BC Rich Flying V (unknown model) and this guitar, I really am thinking of selling some of my guitars now because I no longer have no use for them. Really am thinking of buying another Red Special but in a different colour. Best thing with this guitar is try to get a case/gig bag thrown in with it. Otherwise your have to buy one online. If it was stolen then I would definatly buy another one. I just love the feel of the guitar, the weight, the neck, etc. One thing I do hate is the Wilkinson Strat style tremolo unit as I'm not a big fan of the Strat style tremolos but then again it works well so can't complain really. My favorite thing as to be the pick ups and pick up system and the neck of the guitar. I tried a number of Strats and Teles in the guitar shop near me but I decided to get this guitar over them because I'm a fan of the Les Paul and Strats, this guitar could get me a sound thats close to them and have its own to experiment with. I played it in the shop then shopped online to see if I could get it cheaper, abit of a gamble but this time it paid off really haha.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I haven't played Live with it yet but I am hoping to soon. I am guessing it will withstand playing live though. The hardware will last for years and years, no problems with that. The strap buttons are solid but alot of people will get them replaced anyway though. I would depend on this guitar and use it without a back up but then again its best to be on the safe side and have a back up. The finish is really nice and I think over the years the finish will wear thin but I think its meant to have that look abit.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar was set up really well when it arrived here, had no problems with pick ups so far but only flaw I have found is on the back of the guitar where the binding looks to have been knocked in and the guitar is left exposed abit thanks to it being pushed in but that is the only problem with it.
Features — 10
This is a 2009 made in Korea Brian May Guitar Red Special in Antique Cherry. It as 24 frets with a zero fret, 24" scale neck, ebony fingerboard. I think its a laminated top, it has a mahogany body with Acoustic chamber and a mahogany neck. The finish is transparent and you can see the wood underneath which is always pretty to look at to me. The body type is kind of a thinner and lighter Les Paul but its built after Brian May's guitar so you should know how that looks. It is fitted with a Wilkinson tremolo bridge with a Brian May custom tremolo arm which works really well. The guitar is fitted with 3 Burns Tri Sonic pick ups with the original Brian May switching system, individual pickup IN/OUT phase plus individual pickup ON/OFF. Master volume and tone, this is my personal favorite on this guitar, you can go from Brian Mays tones, to a Strat to a Les Paul and even to a Tele. The guitar comes with Grover GH305 locking tuners and they work really well, real easy to change strings quick and keeps it in tune, just what you want! I was told by some shops that they don't give a gig bag with the guitar but from dolphinmusic they gave me one for nothing so result!