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DigiTech Artist Series Brian May Red Special Pedal  

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    DigiTech

    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.


    Master the sounds of a master. Order your Brian May Pedal now!

     
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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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    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!

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    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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    5.0

    Brian May Pedal

    By SGman36

    from Muscle Shoals, AL

    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.

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    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.

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    5.0

    Why buy guitar when you can have this?

    By Mayman

    from Albany, NY

    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!

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    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.

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    4.0

    Great pedal

    By Jimi183

    from northern ireland

    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

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    5.0

    a drummers opinion

    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.

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    3.0

    meh

    By suppi-yQBEq

    from connecticut

    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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    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.

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