And it is that unique sound of the Red Special. They truly made a quite special guitar in the 60s, and to this day, nothing can really compare. It has its own special character, especially that tone. Not to mention the pickup system, which I haven't seen on any other guitar yet. That was what they were after, and they made it, from bits and pieces. Not bad, considering that it features on all Queen albums, all live performances he has done with Queen, and all other projects and solo stuff. For a home-made guitar made totally by hand, in those days, to be of such a high quality, and to even be in tune, is really an achievement on its own.
When you listen to the guitar work on all of Queen's songs, from the first album to the last one, the first thing that strikes me isn't exactly that yeah, this must be a home-made guitar.
No, if I didn't know better, I would never have guessed it. That guitar is worthy an award on its own, and I mean that. It should have been awarded long ago, by the music business somehow.. for contribution to guitar world or something like that, or even long and faithful service. Brian would be proud I think. Thank God it hasn't been stolen, lost or damaged after all these years, traveling all over the planet, through airports, on stages, off stages, handed over to stage crew whenever a string broke etc. It must be one of the World's most valuable guitars, because after all, there can be only one!