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Burns Brian May Signature Electric Guitar

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Brian May's classic, handmade Red Special has been faithfully re-created by Burns to deliver a guitar that will unleash your creativity. It features ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A rockin' machine true to Brian May's specs!

Brian May's classic, handmade Red Special has been faithfully re-created by Burns to deliver a guitar that will unleash your creativity. It features 3 single-coil pickups with individual on/off and phase reverse switches, plus master tone and volume controls. The body and neck are mahogany and the neck is fitted with a grade-A ebony fingerboard and 24 medium frets (including a zero fret). 3 Burns Tri-sonic pickups wired in series, handmade to the original design, deliver the punch, bite, and clarity you've always wanted. Individual on/off and phase reverse switches, plus master tone and volume controls.

Whether you are looking for the "Queen Sound" that Brian May helped make famous or are more into funk, blues, or jazz, this guitar lets you express your artistry.

  • 21 possible pickup switching combinations
  • Fully accessible 24-fret neck
  • Exceptionally comfortable whammy bar
  • Auto-locking Grover tuners
  • Master tone and volume controls
  • Individual on/off and phase reverse switches Bi-directional truss rod
  • Trem bar

Whether you are looking for that authentic Queen sound or are more into funk, blues, or jazz, this guitar lets you express your artistry. BUY IT TODAY!

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Best guitar ever

By fishydude

from Hudders Field

Great tones, great style, it has to be the best guitar in the world. It's all I expected and more!


Absolutely the best guitar in its price!

By Hayden Olson

from Norman, OK

This guitar is so well made and has such good features that the only reason not to buy it is you have a custom made guitar! Absolutely the best guitar in its price!


Excellent tone, quality, playability, appearance

By Tom-YocmE

from Jackson, Mississippi

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This guitar surprised me by becoming my favorite almost immediately after I received it. The combination of a 24" scale, 7.5" fretboard radius, ebony fretboard, total control over pickup switching and phasing - the tone of the Burns Tri-Sonic pickups and the great appearance and quality of construction makes it a real winner!


This guitar is awesome and versatile... Like QUEEN

By BrianzTheMan

from Sacramento, CA

Just buy the Brian May Burns to get impressed and inspired. This guitar is awesome and versatile.


It Doesn't Get Better Than This!

By BrianMayFan

from Manila, The Philippines

More than any Brian May/Queen fan could hope for! This guitar can cover any base maybe except funk. This guitar now takes the place of my Strat as main guitar! It really doesn't get better than this!



By Wade Jacoby

from Bulverde, Texas

Overall, this is a nice guitar. Tone ranges available are appreciated. Tuning stability not as good as a strat, but perhaps with time this can be worked around, or maybe it'll just settle into a comfortable spot, or maybe I'll just screw the **** bridge down and call it a guitar. Just plugging it straight into an amp isn't going to make you sound like Brian May, but if you are looking for something with a lot of potential tone possibilities, this one is worth a try I think. We had a little shootout with the Burns versus a new strat (American) and the trade off, besides the price difference, was that the strat stayed in tune longer, but couldn't muster alot of the tones that you can get out of this guitar, including some which are very close to the classic strat. This is a whole different animal than anything else I've come across, and heck, I can always pick up a strat sometime if I want to - but I've decided to keep this guitar because tonally it is extremely versatile, and the neck feels nice. Really nice fret work on it.Of course, I'm a big fan of Queen, and no one could argue that all the sounds Brian May has been able to coax out of the original Red Special have been anything short of phenomenal. Certainly a reproduction of it was warranted.


It Will Rock You

By Jack-q_Raq

from Saginaw, Michigan

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This guitar is completely boss, sure the tremolo isn't close to the original, but for the price it's close enough for me. The sound is very true to Mr. May's red special. The guitar is very versatile, the pickups sound almost exact, but a little adjustment was needed to make them a little closer (just a millimeter on the treble side of the middle pickup). i'd get the case too, this guitar is a good investment so keep it in good shape. Overall I think this guitar is great for the money and is much closer to the original than the Red Specials produced in the 80s and 90s.


Really nice

By ZipO'Leighter

from Simi Valley, CA

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This thing is a total hot rod. The neck scale is short, but the neck is wide. The short scale coupled with the many pickup combinations make for a guitar like no other I know of. It doesn't just sound like Queen, but it sure can if you want. Nice locking pegs on the tuners. Finish is gorgeous (transparent red). If you're trying to sound like Brian May in the States, this is the one.


Almost perfect

By Sherm-5sqvF

from Cincinasty, Ohio

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Almost perfect except the cheap excuse for the tremelo. It is built the way it should be except for that. The pickguard should be black/white/black not just plain black. The switches should be white. No star on the pickguard or pence on headstock.



By CarterBHM

from Kansas City, MO.

This giutar is the best guitar of the centry. The sound gets soo close to Brian's original sound that you could not tell the difference between the actual red speacial and the Burns, it is very versatile so you can play a single coil sound on one pick up setting and have a screaming les paul on another setting so it really is one of the best guitars.


Burns Rocks

By Mikki Vee-rKo7X

from Levittown, PA

I had heard alot of reviews about the Burns Brian May Red Special but I usually as a rule won't purchase a guitar unless I get to actually play one. The red special was amazing in quality and tone from the moment I picked it up! Holds a tune nicely and the Trisonic pick ups are very quiet!


Brian May's guitar, what more is there to say?

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

It's quite amazing, and with a Vox, the guitar is almost as true, as the original Queen sound!


Thank you Brian May!

By Remy Lion

from Caro, Michigan

I'd like to thank Brian May for his dedication to all of his fans. After the results from the first try weren't satisfactory he went back to the drawing board and got it right. Unbelievably right, and then put a price on them that wasn't a "collectors only" kind of price. The sound of this guitar is what you are buying it for and it is there. You wouldn't believe it unless you played it. The only thing I have to mark it down over is that when it first came to me, there was a couple of frets that needed to be finished on the high E string side of the neck. Once I set the guitar up for my preferences it has been an ever growing inspiration. My main axe before this has phased pickup switches and I was really having a hard time finding a quality guitar with an affordable price that offered similar charateristics. If you really take time to learn this instrument you will see why so many people are saying that if you had to have only one guitar, this would be it. Thank you to Brian May and Musician's Friend for the awesome sound bytes! They pushed my curiosity over the edge and made a sale. One that I will always be glad for.


The best

By tbyodpJwJ

from Rowlett, TX

The best guitar in my opinion. Let us not forget that he and his dad paved the way for this new sound when he was a kid. The fact that the original was made simply out of junk parts and strummed with an english sixpence coin was history in the making!


The best damn guitar I've ever played!

By Mustang630

from Nederland, CO

This is the best guitar I've ever seen! It's versatile, plays like a dream, and sounds like master. I took it to my local luthier to get the inotation setup and he offered to buy it from me! If you're a BM fan, this is the guitar you've been waiting for. If you're just looking for a new axe, this will immediately become your #1 guitar.


One of the best guitars I've ever seen

By Rui_Francisco

from Mississauga, ON

This guitar will rock you! However, its range can go from blues to hard, hard rock. Excellent price, considering its value.


Extremely volatile and easy to play!


from Lichfield (Staffs)

Extreme! Goes from the lows to the highs like a hot knife through butter. Lots of gadgets to play with so I am never bored of it. May's a legend!!

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