Price paid: £ 549
Purchased from: Guitar Guitar, UK
Sound — 8
I'm using it with a Vox AD50VT on basic settings, with all the effects backed off, and letting the guitar do the work. The only effects I've used so far are a little chorus and delay, and that really ups the ante. The switching system gives you access to a really wide range of sounds, from twangy and bright to gutsy humbucker. You can also find lots of the signature sounds from Queen songs, too. And lets face it - that's why you're buying it! Yes you are - you know you are!
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, setting aside the nonsensical delivery time (seems that they have trouble with anything other than the antique red finish) and the very poor service from House Music, this is a really nice guitar. It ticks all the boxes in terms of playability and tone. I found my style changing a little to get the best out of it, but hey, that not a bad thing. The switching system is a great feature and you have to admit that it's a real looker!
Reliability & Durability — 8
The hardware is good quality for the price and I have no concerns at all in terms of durability. As with my other guitars, I'll be fitting Schaller Strap-locks. The standard strap buttons are a bit small to give me any degree of confidence. And as already mentioned, the switches, control knobs and nut will be going too.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
It hadn't been set up at all when it arrived, which was particularly disappointing as it took the Brian May people 8 MONTHS to deliver it (due to the colour), and the setup took me bloody ages to get right! However, now that the action is sorted, the guitar plays beautifully. The neck profile is nice and thin, but the fretboard itself is a clean, wide comfortable place to be. The nut is far from the best I've seen, which leads to a "ping" at the zero fret when bending the G string, but I plan to replace that soon, too.
Features — 8
2012 Korean copy of the great man's guitar, with a few mods to make it affordable. Mine is in white (well, more of a cream colour actually), as I couldn't bring myself to front it up with the full colour copy. Scratchplate and truss-rod cover in Tortoise-shell. Burns Tri-sonic pickups in chrome finish, Wilkinson trem and Grover tuners make up a pretty good hardware pack. It's also got the Brian May on/off in/out phase switching system. I'll be changing the switches and control knobs as soon as poss, as they are cheap-looking and let the finish down a bit on an otherwise great looking piece of kit.