Brian May Guitars Brian May Guitars Arielle Electric Guitar

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Dr. Brian May and Brian May Guitars are delighted to present a brand new addition to the BMG line for 2021, the result of a fresh collaboration with American singer, songwriter and guitarist Arielle and the first original build that the Queen virtuoso has actively contributed to since he and his father embarked on the construction of the Red Special almost 60 years ago. 

Inspired by Arielle's own BM-influenced 'Two-Tone' guitar and designed from the ground up by the two musicians as a competitively priced counterpart to the best-selling BMG Special, this exceptional instrument has been brought to vivid life by the House Music team to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their successful ongoing partnership with Brian May.

The new model takes its cue from Arielle's affection for classic 20th century guitar design, rocking a sleek, retro-futuristic look, striking burnt orange and translucent blue livery, distinctive raised centre-strip, vintage two-piece pickguard, chrome hardware and contrasting switch plate, alongside choice elements from Dr. May's storied, homespun creation - the distinctive 3-a-side headstock, familiar 24" scale, a trio of series wound, Tri-Sonic style pickups, and his famous phase switching system.

The result is an instant modern classic. "The Red Special in a parallel universe", as the maestro proudly proclaims, takes Arielle's novel design to a whole new level and, of course, infused with a liberal dose of RS DNA, delivers everything one should rightfully expect from a Brian May Guitar - impeccable design, superior quality, pro-spec construction, exceptional playability, and devastating tonal dexterity.

Striking Body Design

The flamboyant, asymmetric angles of the Arielle's lightweight body, at once timeless and forward thinking, clearly pay homage to radical American automotive and electric guitar designs of the 1950s and '60s, with a distinctive raised centre strip increasing the body mass for enhanced sustain and resonance and a split, 3-ply parchment pickguard and eye-catching, two-tone diagonal finish completing the cool, vintage look.

The solid body is constructed from Limba (aka 'Korina' by which it is more commonly known within the US luthier community). In keeping with Arielle and Dr. May's keen interest in utilizing sustainable sources, the use of this attractive African tonewood recognizes the importance and success of worldwide conservation programs; although considered severely threatened by over-exploitation in the first half of the last century, concerted efforts to preserve the species have seen Limba flourish well beyond its natural rainforest habitat, making its way into savannah areas and even penetrating regional evergreen forests.

Body White Limba (Korina)
Binding Cream Binding, Front
Neck 1-Piece Mahogany
Finish Gloss Polyurethane Two-Tone Diagonal Burnt Orange \ Translucent Blue with Matching Headstock
Truss Rod Dual Action • 440mm
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Frets 24 x Medium Jumbo Frets
Fret Wire Crown Height : 2.7mm (0.106") • Radius : 250mm (9.8")
Inlays Abalone Diamond Snowflake Facing Inlays • White Side Dots
Neck Join Set Neck Construction
Pickups 3 x BM Brand Tri-Sonic Style Series Wired Single Coil with Chrome covers
Switch System Switchcraft DPDT Black Switches • 3 x Pickup On/Off • 3 x Pickup Phase In/Out 
Controls Volume : Alpha B250k • Tone : A250k with Sprague 'Orange Drop' 0.033μF Capacitor
Control Knobs Chrome UFO Style
Bridge Chrome Wilkinson WVP 2-Point Knife Edge Tremolo (41.2mm Block)
Tremolo Arm 6" Arm with Parchment Tip
Machineheads 3-A-Side Grover 406 Mini Locking Rotomatic® Tuners
Nut PPS (45mm x 6mm)
Scratchplates 2 piece, 3-ply Parchment Pickguard • 3-ply Black Switch Plate
Overall Length 1054mm (41.5")
Body Length 432mm (17")
Body Width 304.8mm (12")
Body Depth 45mm (1.78") with 5mm (0.2") Raised Centre Strip
Fingerboard Radius 304.8mm (12")
Scale 610mm (24")
Headstock Angle
Neck Width @ Nut 45mm (1.77")
Neck Width @ 12th Fret 52mm (2.05")
Neck Width @ 24th Fret 57mm (2.25")
Neck Depth @ 1st Fret 20.84mm (0.820")
Neck Depth @ 12th Fret 22.48mm (0.885")
Neck Depth @ 12th Fret 22.37mm (0.920")
String Spacing @ Nut 36mm (1.42")
String Spacing @ Bridge 53mm (2.09")
Weight (Approximate) 3.4kg (7.5lb)
Strings D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Wound Super Light • Plain Steel .009 - .011 - .016 • Wound .024 - .032 - .042
Included Extras Premium Quality Gig Bag with Stitched BMG Logo
Country Of Origin World Musical Instruments Co. Ltd. • South Korea
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