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DigiTech Artist Series Brian May Red Special Pedal

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Seven models of Brian May's signature sounds that rocked the world.

DigiTech has built in 7 signature models with 14 distinctive, highly-sought-after tones. Models are named after famous Queen songs that featured Brian's guitar:

1. Keep Yourself Alive

2. Bohemian Rhapsody

3. Tie Your Mother Down

4. We Will Rock You/Champions

5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

6. Brighton Rock Solo (Live)

7. Deacy Tone/A Winter's Tale


Distinctive, sought after tones include:
Red Special Guitar, Treble Booster, Deacy Amp, Vox® AC30, Foxx Foot Phaser„¢, Pickup Configurations, Delay, Reverb, Flanger, Acoustic, Tele® and more 

Integral hard-wired dynamic analog treble booster.

Guitar knob lets you optimize Red Special Pedal's voicing to suit your guitar's pickups.

Flexible Output Mode„¢”Mono amp or Mixer and Stereo Mixer and Stereo Amp.

Includes embroidered bag, Brian's plectrum of choice, a British Sixpence and power supply.


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4.7

(based on 22 reviews)

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I Want To Break Free

I was very nervous about this pedal. I have spent many years (and money) trying and get as close to Brian May's tone only to be disappointed time after time. And of course...Read complete review

I was very nervous about this pedal. I have spent many years (and money) trying and get as close to Brian May's tone only to be disappointed time after time. And of course if you are mad enough to end up with at least 3 AC30's no one will let you plug in because output decibels versus venue size. So you either buy a very good attenuator or THIS PEDAL. Seriously speaking this pedal has a very good studio sound; in that you can play quite convincing Queen tones from it. It has an exceptional Deacy tone that it far better than Vox's Deacy amp I think (I own one - has a poor treble booster version). Plus the delay setup works very well, just roll back off the pedal if your repeats end up louder than the leading attack. SO yes overall very very good. And fun. I gave a four star rating as I currently use a 93 Guild BM Pro with Adeson pickups, a Pete Cornish Treble Booster and three AC30's. Even with these I am still not quite there. There is of course the Foxx Phaser and the Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble. Again this pedal gives this tone. So for the money is tremendous value. However tone wise it is limited. The tones have been set up to replicate the song tones that ended on the Master recordings. In the studio the Bohemian Rhapsody solo was recorded with the microphones in the corner of the room and not against the amp so therefore effects the tone. This is the same for the other tones. So if you want just a standard AC30 plus treble booster sound then forget it. Everything sounds slightly modified and in some instances muffled unless you're playing the same style suited for the tone. Personally I think this is a very good pedal, well worth the money. Tone wise it does have limits plus the manual has errors for those with Red Special pickup switches. You need to look up the internet for the correct settings.

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meh

The brian may pedal has some pretty neat and accurate stuff on it, but its just not worth it unles you're in a queen coverband. The only effects that are really bad are the...Read complete review

The brian may pedal has some pretty neat and accurate stuff on it, but its just not worth it unles you're in a queen coverband. The only effects that are really bad are the acoustic simulator which really doesnt do anything, and the phaser. Also, the expression is almost used for nothing. It wouldve been a no brainer to maybe make it vary the phasers speed or add wah, since brian may did use wah. Buy a big muffn, tube zipper, memory man, boss digital delay, etc. Those pedals are really much higher quality for under these prices, and much more useful.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Reproduction

By JaxGriff

from JACKSONVILLE, FL

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This is an excellent pedal. It is a true multi-effect pedal with numerous distortion sounds, a flange on one setting and phaser and delay on another. Also, the "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Toe setting is a great Acoustic Simulator. The only downside is it's limited number of sound combinations and it's price. Also, it is better not to layer too many other effects on top of it due to noise. You will find no need other than a possible delay and/or modulation. If you are debating whether to buy the pedal, you will not regret it. It makes me want to practice more.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I Want To Break Free

By M Ahearn

from New Zealand

I was very nervous about this pedal. I have spent many years (and money) trying and get as close to Brian May's tone only to be disappointed time after time. And of course if you are mad enough to end up with at least 3 AC30's no one will let you plug in because output decibels versus venue size. So you either buy a very good attenuator or THIS PEDAL. Seriously speaking this pedal has a very good studio sound; in that you can play quite convincing Queen tones from it. It has an exceptional Deacy tone that it far better than Vox's Deacy amp I think (I own one - has a poor treble booster version). Plus the delay setup works very well, just roll back off the pedal if your repeats end up louder than the leading attack. SO yes overall very very good. And fun. I gave a four star rating as I currently use a 93 Guild BM Pro with Adeson pickups, a Pete Cornish Treble Booster and three AC30's. Even with these I am still not quite there. There is of course the Foxx Phaser and the Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble. Again this pedal gives this tone. So for the money is tremendous value. However tone wise it is limited. The tones have been set up to replicate the song tones that ended on the Master recordings. In the studio the Bohemian Rhapsody solo was recorded with the microphones in the corner of the room and not against the amp so therefore effects the tone. This is the same for the other tones. So if you want just a standard AC30 plus treble booster sound then forget it. Everything sounds slightly modified and in some instances muffled unless you're playing the same style suited for the tone. Personally I think this is a very good pedal, well worth the money. Tone wise it does have limits plus the manual has errors for those with Red Special pickup switches. You need to look up the internet for the correct settings.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply Amazing Tone

By Philip Heesen

from Richmond, VA

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As a big Brian May fan, this pedal is perfect. The features are fantastic and the tones are DEAD on. I even did a few sound tests for friends. The Bohemian Rhapsody solo tone with worth it alone. Each sound is customizable with treble, bass, mids (most settings), and you can even set the pedal depending on if you are using single coils or humbuckers. I thought the "heel" function on mine was broken at first but you just have to really push down hard the first time. This thing even comes with a sixpence just like Brian uses. I would highly recommend this to any Brian May fan and more importantly, any fan of creamy mid-tastic tone. I can't stop playing this thing!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This thing rocks.

By Trav-6hrqF

from Berea, KY

I don't want to seem biased as a Queen fan, but I mean, if you are a Queen fan, that will be your driving factor in making this purchase.I myself am the kind of buyer who likes to look around for product views before I buy, and do as much research as I can.Well there were none I could find for this. So I took a chance.My only gripe so far, is that it took awhile to break in, and the pedal will probably take a while too. Mash it hard. I thought it was defective, I was wrong of course, so mash it hard, and make sure to read the whole book.Once I got it working, the 3 delays from the Brighton Rock solo, to me, this was worth it by itself. The harmonizer makes for a Chinese Torture type experience.You can get accurate sounds for We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, A Winter's Tale, Keep Yourself Alive, Brighton Rock, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, of course, Bohemian Rhapsody, as well as many, many other Brian May tones, probably more than it bothers to list. The harmonizer is sweet, and there is a lot, I mean a lot of tones to play around with, if you give it time.Basically, you get delay, flange, an acoustic filter, that sounds great, by the way, something that sounds like a telecaster, echo, and a lot more, basically you can play anything in the Queen library and it will fuel your creativity.I've see worse delay effects alone for $100, so why not just take the plunge and get this?I give it 9/10 overall.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great reproduction of Brian's tones!

By Brian May Fan

from california

I couldn't wait to get my hand on this pedal. It succeeds where the Vox 10 watt Brian May amp failed. Accurate reproductions of several of his tones and it's built like a tank. 7 selections with heel/toe options for 14 total tones. The Brighton Rock Harmonized tone (tone 6, heel) is pure Brian May. Now my Burns Brian May Special sounds just like the real thing. Now if only I could play like him. A must for all May fanatics!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesomely rocking

By Strat Attack226

from Cary NC

this is the most awesome pedal in my chain, major tweakability factor! get the classic queen tones or make your own! I LOVE This THing! Could it be any better? I think not. I cant turn it off, I recommend all of the models but especially two, six and seven. Buy this pedal now.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bloody good fun!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

As a fan of both Brian May and DigiTech I snagged this pedal as fast as possible. I have it in front of my RP500 and the result is fantastic!The acoustic emulator is a dead-ringer for an Ovation. '39 never sounded better, especially considering I play it on a Strat! Also, the expression pedal has been improved. It now controls the speed of the flange as well as changing the harmonies from minor thirds to major 3rds. That said, it is not super easy to change tones on the fly live like my RP500. But still... this thing rocks!My only real gripe is why the "Winter's Tale" tone? I would have been happier with Brian's amazingly pristine clean tone instead... or maybe a "Sleepin on the Sidewalk" tone. You do not have to be in a Queen cover band to justify purchasing this fantastic pedal. The rockin tones are enough to warrant owning one!Thanks again, DigiTech!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

soundbytes

By Guitaro Montalban

from Jacksonville, Fl

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Awesome pedal my favourite EVER! Adds the missing realtime on the fly touches to my marshall/digitech 2101 80's monster! however, you'd think whoever they got to demo the songs/sounds would have actually LEARNED them. keep yourself alive demo sounded like a third grader.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a drummers opinion

By bcdelicious

from MN

I recieved the brian may pedal for christmas. I've put a lot of time into so far. It for sure has the brian may tone. The brighton rock setting is my favorite. Running 2 cabinets on that pedal is crazy. The delay is incredible. Not to mention the heel setting, working the thirds, maj. Or min. it is dead on to "chinese torture" from the miracle album. Either way, queen fan or not, this pedal has a lot to offer. I am very pleased with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet

By Woody-emx_j

from NSW, Australia

If you've already got the Vox 'Deacy' 10w (like me) and were hesitating, don't. This blows the amp out of the water. A lot of the tones do have slight variations and seem the same to the untrained ear, but when the original sounds this good, why would you change it?? Theres no mystery for those millions who know Brians sound from a mile away. The only gripe I have (apart from having to buy the extra footswitch for stage work), would be the 'Crazy little thing' patches. I would have preferred the inclusion of Brians clean ringing tone (think 'Under Pressure'), I don't really like the acoustic simulator. Only a minor gripe as the rest make up for it in spades. I did not think I would ever get these sounds out of my strat. Heads are turning at my gigs, players wanting to know how I got the sounds and looking for a bank of AC30's and a Burns Red Special, and thats only with the 'Brighton Rock' patches. Eddie Kramer, you're a genius.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Brian May Pedal

By SGman36

from Muscle Shoals, AL

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This is a really good pedal. PERIOD. I use it mostly with my highly customized Epiphone G-400 SG and a 1979 Peavey Duece II Amp, and I can get the EXACT tone from the solo on "We will rock you", and "Bohemian Rhapsody", the only thing about it is that it's a little pricy, but that's ok since its a great pedal, the red finish looks awesome, and the delay effect sounds great too.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review

By lodaddy

from Hollywood, FL

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i used to think it was impossible to sound like Brian may. I was wrong! this thing rocks.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful

By Brian Maniac

from Mexico City

Ok, this thing is a toy, but is a wonderful toy. For my personal taste I refer mode number 4, which sounds just like Brian's guitar during 1977 and 1978, for my taste the most classic and recognizable tone among all the others.I use a Red Special guitar wich can provide you with more versatility with this pedal i.e. I don't need to switch from mode 4 to mode 2 to get the Bohemian Rhapsody solo sound, all I have to do is to switch my neck and middle pickups out of phase.I recommed this wonderful toy to anyone attempting to get a Brian May sound. Thumbs up for this one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Tone

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I love this pedal. I'm not even that big of a queen fan, but the tone and distortion that i get through this pedal definently fits my classic rock and blues style. I gave it a 9 on features becuase i wish there was more "tweaking" avalible on the tones.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Queen Sounds

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

It's just a great pedal, you get 14 different sounds and they're all perfect. The best thing is the sound of brighton rock live with it's delays, just great. Also the acoustic simulator is good, it's based on an ovation 6-string, the model they used for '39 from 'Live Killers' and of course of crazy little thing called love. And the tele sound it gives is also neat. It's just the best modeling device for Queensounds.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Why buy guitar when you can have this?

By Mayman

from Albany, NY

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This pedal is amazing. You don't always sound exactly like him but you get that great red special sound. The effects are great. You can play with the delay on brighton rock for hours. I love it!

 
4.0

Great pedal

By Jimi183

from northern ireland

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I love this pedal.The first thing I did when I got it was play the intro to KYA and wow! The effect is amazing.I was very hesitent about getting this pedal, but have no regrets about buying it now.I have had hours of endless fun with it. The heel/toe switching system is great and the option to tweak each setting with eq and effect control is great!Thank Brian and Digitech

 
5.0

Nifty- Really Nifty

By LoveThatStrat

from Kalamazoo

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This is a good little peice of equipment. Very versatile for a great price. Plus you get to SOUND LIKE QUEEN. better than buying effects seperate for grand total.

 
4.0

Great sounding pedal poorly layed out

By pjmuck

from West Orange, NJ

If you're looking to get a near spot on simulation of Brian May's classic tones, this will get you there (within reason) using just about any guitar (it does sound best with a Burns Red Special however). BUT, the pedal is NOT intuitive or logically organized, and the simulations are taken from Brian May recordings so it's better used in home recording than in a live setting. Effects are plentiful but are not assignable and only for use on certain patches. (You can't use the Foxx phaser with anything other than the "Keep Yourself Alive" patch, for example). EQ settings are global and changes cannot be stored as presets.

 
5.0

A Great, Tough Multi-Effects Pedal!!

By BluesMan6885

from Knoxville, TN

I wasn't always completely sold on DigiTech's equipment or their technology until I strayed into a music store and tried out the pedal. I couldn't resist, being a HUGE fan of Brian May. The first tone I went for was the "Brighton Rock (solo)" tone, and immediately I was impressed with the authenticity of the sound it had. I next went to the "Deacy Amp" setting and subsequently went through the rest of the tones.This pedal isn't unlimited in its versatility, but there is more than enough to work with that you can even create your own tones on it!

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