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Brian May Guitars MiniMay Electric Guitar

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Now you can really break free with the Brian May MiniMay. Brian designed this version of his famous electric guitar for kids and for grownups who wan...Click To Read More About This Product

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A crazy little axe called the MiniMay.

Now you can really break free with the Brian May MiniMay. Brian designed this version of his famous electric guitar for kids and for grownups who want a quality, shorter-scale travel guitar. The MiniMay guitar features a 17" scale, standard tuning, an alder neck and body, a single bridge pickup with plenty of power and the great looks and feel you expect from Brian May.

Body: Alder
Neck: Alder
Pickup: One single-coil
Scale: 17"
Controls: Volume, Tone
Bridge: Hardtail with adjustable saddles
Hardware: Chrome

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19.75 scale not 17.0

By Shoiym

from Cincinnasty, Ohio

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My Mini May was a 19.75 scale not 17.0. Is mine a Chinese bootleg or all of them? The pickguard was not cut correctly. Buffing compound ground into the finish. One bad buffing compound pit below the knobs. Very deep but small. Red paint into the grain of the natural finish part of the neck. Not a real Burns pickup as stated on Brian May website. One of the keys was different than the other five, it had a brushed steel round insert the others were shiney chrome. I will refinish the neck with lacquer, cut a new pickguard, touch up the deep buffing compound hole. Alot of work that most cannot do. I can because I build guitars including a Red Special. Still I like it but I could build one very cheaply with better quality. The Burns pickup would cost as much to build a Mini May with a cheap pickup. Pickguard really looks irregular. Not like new as sold to me. Good points are the flaws can be fixed cheaply except the fake Burns pickup. Looks good but too many flaws for me to overlook at any price. If it was to have cost too much to fix I would have shipped this back. Acceptable range of flaws for a good discount but not "like new".


Definitely NOT a toy! Buy it!

By Gryphon

from WI

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This is NOT a "kid's instrument" or a "travel guitar" or a "practice guitar"; the mini May is one SERIOUS tone machine. The tone and power it's one pickup put out are incredible. Have you ever heard Van Halen's "Little Guitars"? That was done on a smale scale Les Paul, and you can easily perform that song with the mini May. Chords that are next to impossible to finger on a regular guitar are a breeze on the mini May's 17 inch neck. I'm blown away by the quality of this guitar. The paint job is flawless and the neck is wide like the Red Special and rock solid. I also bought the full size Red Special but I've been playing the mini May a lot more because it's so cool and so different. And for the price this is an absolute steal. AND it comes with a gig bag.


Prop or Decoration only!

By Bill-I-MUt

from Cocoa, Fl

Guitar was received unplayable! The Truss Rod was not attached,one neck screw was loose, tuner nuts loose as well! After making necessary adjustments and tuning the instrument. I found intonation problems that could not be overcome! This mini was a maxi disappointment!


Pretty good but a few minor issues...

By Bones

from Santa Cruz, CA

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I got this used - like new - so it was still in the carton with the plastic on the pickguard. The previous person says it's 19.75 inch scale but in fact it measures 18 and 7/8ths inches. I know because the distance from the edge of the nut to the 12th fret is 9 and 7/16ths of an inch so the scale is twice that. Well - a minnor issue - but the scale is NOT 17 inches - it's a bit longer. Also, the pup is a Burns tri-sonic look-a-like but it's not the actual thing. It still sounds good. Another issue is that this thing needs to be tuned higher than standard tuning. At standard guitar tuning (E-A-D-g-b-e) the strings are way too loose. I tuned mine a full step above and it's got more tension so the strings don't seem floppy. I would even suggest tuning up 3 half steps. Also - the action at the nut is way too high so lower it and the intonation is off so you'll need to reset it. It could also use a slightly higher guage string set (11-48). Still - lot's of fun to play around with - decent sound and it looks pretty cute so if you can get one and don't mind a bit of tweaking do so!


The Real Deal

By Greg Rebuck

from Colorado

Love it! Be careful who you listen to on these. IT'S NOT A FRIGGIN' TOY. That's just dumb to say. Tuned correctly--I do A-D-G-C-E-A with Ernie Ball Extra Slinkys (8-38)--and played with this in mind, well, it's just a different instrument from a typical 6 string. I tune my baritone guitar to the same but an octave lower. Think outside the box, people. Go with its strengths! I have plans to do some really cool arrangements using "Li'l Red".

On the scale issue, I can't understand why it's ever referred to as a 17" scale. One site lists it at 490mm which translates to about 19.25" and think this is correct. My daughter has an Epiphone LP Pee Wee (oh, and it's not a toy, either!) which is about the same scale, same strings, and tuned the same as the BMM. With that in mind it's amazing how much difference there is in sound. The Mini-May is brighter and cutting without being harsh; the Epi Pee Wee is ridiculously loud but also beefy and full. Both are great, just different.

If you want the same ol' stuff, Brian May guitars are NOT FOR YOU! If, however, you have a little imagination and love "what if?"s, the Mini-May is the perfect little axe.
Well, this is a pretty simple guitar--1 volume knob, 1 tone knob and one pickup. It does have 24 frets; however if you go up that high tiny fingers are recommended
Very nicely made. It certainly is a credit to the line of Brian May guitars. Good lookin' too!
This is pretty subjective, of course. To me, it's a gem! Also, these little guys are quite hard to get your hands on. I got mine second hand so I saved a bit but at about $200 retail these days it's a pretty nice deal...again, if you can find one!


It is a Toy!

I really wanted to love this guitar but I have to send it back. It really is just a toy. It's nicely put together, but still a toy. It doesn't stay in tune and because of its size its hard to adjust anything without getting a buzz. I can't even recomend this for children,they deserve better. It's a 5 for novelty, that's it..


Great Small Scale Guitar

By Reratiug

from Boston, MA

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This is definitely not a toy. After about 2 minutes of playing with it you hardly notice the size difference. Looks just like Bri's Red Special making it great for Queen fans. It sounds great through an amp on it's own but if you really want to make it shine, I suggest also getting the Digitech Brian May Red Special Effects Pedal. My only complaint is the bass strings can sound a bit muddy but other than that it's a great guitar.


Are You Kidding Me?

By Blitz Kaiser

from Los Angeles

I just bought this Brian May guitar recently and I don't know what to say. This guitar has everything one can possibly ask for. It plays nice and it sounds almost like the real thing. Just cheaper. This is a great buy for anyone learning guitar ect.


You have to know how to tune it

By Gryphon

from WI

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um... you can't tune the mini May to "standard" tuning like you would on a 25.5 scale length guitar. You have to tune it: (low to high) G C F Bb D G. Everything is now tuned a third up. What used to be an Emajor chord is now Gmajor. I'll say it again; the mini May is an awesome guitar for next to no money. The build quality is the same as my full size Red Special. The pickup isn't labeled as a Burns Trisonic, but it sure sounds exactly like the neck Trisonic on my full size Red Special. This isn't a "kid's" guitar... this is a pro instrument; if you know how to play it and how to tune it. You won't be able to get the same low notes and chords as a regular scale length guitar, but then again you can get high notes and chords a regular scale length guitar can't get. If you tune the mini May correctly, you won't have any intonation problems.

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