The smashed RS guitar

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The smashed RS guitar

Postby TheHero » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:08 pm

Some say Brian smashed his copy of the RS one day.
What is the story ?

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Re: The smashed RS guitar

Postby Guru » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:46 am

It wasn't the best guitar, sometime in about 1982 Brian got frustrated with it and threw it over his amps.

It broke.
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Re: The smashed RS guitar

Postby Wild/Wind » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:29 pm

 
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Re: The smashed RS guitar

Postby bigV » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:52 pm

The first official copy of the Red Special was made by British luthier John Birch and was used as a back-up for live performances until it was destroyed by May. The Birch was used in the music videos for "We Will Rock You" and "Spread Your Wings". The guitar differs from the original in its all-maple construction and natural finish. After its destruction May sent the guitar to American luthier John Page, who kept the remains for over 20 years before sending them back to May. May then had the guitar restored by Andrew Guyton and still owns it.


First official replica of the Red Special. As far as I know, Brian wasn't at all happy with any of the official replicas, which led him to start Brian May Guitars.

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Re: The smashed RS guitar

Postby Echoplex » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:33 pm

bigV wrote:
The first official copy of the Red Special was made by British luthier John Birch and was used as a back-up for live performances until it was destroyed by May. The Birch was used in the music videos for "We Will Rock You" and "Spread Your Wings". The guitar differs from the original in its all-maple construction and natural finish. After its destruction May sent the guitar to American luthier John Page, who kept the remains for over 20 years before sending them back to May. May then had the guitar restored by Andrew Guyton and still owns it.


First official replica of the Red Special. As far as I know, Brian wasn't at all happy with any of the official replicas, which led him to start Brian May Guitars.

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Not true.

Brian's first RS "replica" was the above mentioned John Birch guitar. John Birch and John Diggins thought they could improve on the original guitar. Although the Birch was well made Brian wasn't happy with the bridge and tremolo. The finish was unusual in that it had a bleached maple front and sunburst back (more of a coffee burst than sunburst) the darker edges of the back have turned green over the years. John Page had the guitar because there were plans for Fender to build an RS for sale in the early mid 80's. Fender withdrew from the project and Page went on to form the Fender custom shop.

Guild guitars in the early 80's approached Brian about building a version that could be sold. The finished guitars were very high quality but fitted with Khalar terms. In the early 90's Guild launched a closer to the original version. In both cases Brian used these guitars as spares. Guild messed about with the design so Brian withdrew his support.

Greg Fryer built two guitars for Brian in the mid 90's both are still used regularly one as a spare other other for drop D tuning (FBG)

In about 2001 Burns, with Brian's input built a great affordable (£490 at the time) replica using a strat type trem. Very usable and great sounding guitars

Brian, Barry Moorehouse and I believe Pete Melladrone took over the production of the Burns guitar badging them as BMG. Over the years they have improved on the Burns concept and also released a more accurate version The Super, one of which Brian played during the last Q+PR tour.

Also Guyton guitars with a lot of input from Brian produced 50 RS replicas (40red 10 green) Brian uses a green Guyton as a spare to the drop D Fryer. These guitars all sold retailing at £7,500!

Guyton also built a twin neck RS for Brian and a version of a guitar which Brian designed around 1964 but never built. Two other Guytos Brian has are a aubergine version with a scalloped scalloped neck and a greyish brown RS with a maple cap and F hole with a mahogany back.
 
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Re: The smashed RS guitar

Postby Echoplex » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:18 pm

Echoplex wrote:
bigV wrote:
The first official copy of the Red Special was made by British luthier John Birch and was used as a back-up for live performances until it was destroyed by May. The Birch was used in the music videos for "We Will Rock You" and "Spread Your Wings". The guitar differs from the original in its all-maple construction and natural finish. After its destruction May sent the guitar to American luthier John Page, who kept the remains for over 20 years before sending them back to May. May then had the guitar restored by Andrew Guyton and still owns it.


First official replica of the Red Special. As far as I know, Brian wasn't at all happy with any of the official replicas, which led him to start Brian May Guitars.

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Not true.

Brian's first RS "replica" was the above mentioned John Birch guitar. John Birch and John Diggins thought they could improve on the original guitar. Although the Birch was well made Brian wasn't happy with the bridge and tremolo. The finish was unusual in that it had a bleached maple front and sunburst back (more of a coffee burst than sunburst) the darker edges of the back have turned green over the years. John Page had the guitar because there were plans for Fender to build an RS for sale in the early mid 80's. Fender withdrew from the project and Page went on to form the Fender custom shop.

Guild guitars in the early 80's approached Brian about building a version that could be sold. The finished guitars were very high quality but fitted with Khalar terms. In the early 90's Guild launched a closer to the original version. In both cases Brian used these guitars as spares. Guild messed about with the design so Brian withdrew his support.

Greg Fryer built two guitars for Brian in the mid 90's both are still used regularly one as a spare other other for drop D tuning (FBG)

In about 2001 Burns, with Brian's input built a great affordable (£490 at the time) replica using a strat type trem. Very usable and great sounding guitars

Brian, Barry Moorehouse and I believe Pete Melladrone took over the production of the Burns guitar badging them as BMG. Over the years they have improved on the Burns concept and also released a more accurate version The Super, one of which Brian played during the last Q+PR tour.

Also Guyton guitars with a lot of input from Brian produced 50 RS replicas (40red 10 green) Brian uses a green Guyton as a spare to the drop D Fryer. These guitars all sold retailing at £7,500!

Guyton also built a twin neck RS for Brian and a version of a guitar which Brian designed around 1964 but never built. Two other Guytos Brian has are a aubergine RS version with a scalloped neck and a greyish brown RS with a maple cap and F hole with a mahogany back.
 
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