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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-27-2011, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Red Special Brian May

Been considering one of these for awhile now, and was wondering if any of you had any experience with one. And if so give me some advice or a brief review.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-30-2011, 08:29 PM
 
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Re: Red Special Brian May

Never owned one, but they definitely look like killer guitars!
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-01-2011, 09:08 AM
 
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Re: Red Special Brian May

I have one of the cheap ones when they were Burns, pretty good, bit neck heavy. If it's the more expensive Super you're after I've not tried one but I would say try one out as the neck is supposed to be very different from most guitars!
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Been considering one of these for awhile now, and was wondering if any of you had any experience with one. And if so give me some advice or a brief review.

Thanks
Your not on your own, I fancied one of those as a guitar to record with because its neither a Les Paul, strat or a Jem. it has a totally unique sound. If I do get one, I will take that crappy tremolo off it and fit a Kahler usa + locking nut, A bit like the guitar Guild built for Brian in the early 1980s.
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Your not on your own, I fancied one of those as a guitar to record with because its neither a Les Paul, strat or a Jem. it has a totally unique sound. If I do get one, I will take that crappy tremolo off it and fit a Kahler usa + locking nut, A bit like the guitar Guild built for Brian in the early 1980s.
I can't find a single thing I could possibly like in that guitar, to me it's fugly.
But just like Jonny said I f I had one I will take it to a luthier and put a FR, gooddbye to those pickups, a new finish/body/neck.
Wait...
Hmm I don't want it

To OP = We all have different tastes so it doesn't matter what strangers think about this or that thing, YOU have to try before buying no matter what people say, if you can't try, dont buy expecialy a thing that will be attached to your body and translating your feelings into music.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-01-2011, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Red Special Brian May

I know i should try one, but given my current location there isnt one to be found in the entire country. SO im just gonna risk it (dont want to hear about how stupid that is) and go on what i really like and know about this guitar.

Im going for the non-special one, so i should change the bridge you reckon?
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Im going for the non-special one, so i should change the bridge you reckon?
Depends on what you want it to do. what works for me, may not work for you. we are all different are we not?

I just dont fancy giving them strat style trems loads of wang abuse. I favour a Kahler over a floyd on that type/ style of guitar, I feel it would be better suited. most people would probably just leave it as it is.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-02-2011, 09:02 PM
 
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Re: Red Special Brian May

It looks like a fun guitar! And the price isn't bad either. It sounds (based on specs) that it's a real "players" guitar.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-03-2011, 02:43 AM
 
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Awesome looking guitar. I may have to save up for one.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 12:03 AM
 
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Re: Red Special Brian May

This thread has given me serious GAS. And I don't say that often. When you get yours, post a quick review or something. In the meantime . . . . I may just have to order one of my own.
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 10:45 PM
 
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Re: Red Special Brian May

Couple of points.

The Burns models got mixed reviews - people had various problems with setup, tuning stability and variable quality of the switches and pots. The new BMGs are more consistent. These have BM signature pups, which are made very similar to the old Burns units (ferrite bar magnet with tape wound coil jammed on top). I'm told they're a bit hotter sounding than the old pups but it's hardly a big deal.

If you're used to Ibanez etc., this guitar is very different, firstly because of the 24" scale. It's very compact feeling (try before you buy!), and, couples with 9s, makes for a slick player - you feel like you're cheating! The neck is also nowhere near as huge as the Old Lady's. Getting to those top few frets can also be challenging if you're used to an aanj.

The guitar has a zero fret, so bending may elicit the sound of a string scraping across it - this is normal. Though, the example I played didn't exhibit this phenomenon.

The Super was limited to 100 pieces, now discontinued. It's pretty much the same as the Old Lady except for the all mahogany body, ebony fretboard, and Wilkinson roller bridge. I've heard that some of them had problems with the lacquer, which cracked and flaked off around the fret ends.

The Guilds: 1983 models only follow the shape of the guitar, pretty much everything else was different - thin neck, Kahler, DiMarzio pups unpotted and nothing like Tri-Sonics, not chambered. Only 316 examples were made before Brian called it quits. the 1990s Guild Pro models are more accurate - knife trem/roller bridge, Duncan Tri-Sonics.

Anyway, it's a pretty idiosyncratic guitar, which not everyone will like, so playing before forking out is highly recommended. I personally like the white and green models, though I'd put black plastics on the white one.

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-06-2011, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Red Special Brian May

Thanks for the excelent feedback guys. I've already decided to buy so i'll post a review on here shortly.
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