BHM-01 Brian May Signature series, 1993/4
Fans of Queen or Brian May will know the famous Guild replicas of the red special. Here is a Signature Model. Below a bit about how it all started.
Spring of 1964, Brian May, then a student at Hampton, Middlesex, and his father, an electronics engineer, worked on a project to make an electric guitar. After two years the “Red Special” . This guitar, Brian’s main instrument, would become “Queen’s” sound. In 1994, the USA based Guild Guitar Co. and Brian worked closely together to produce 316 close replicas of the “Red Special”, which had to match the special features of the custom-made original guitar. The body is made out of mahogany, fingerboard out of ebony and neck is wider than most electrics (1-13/16 at the nut) allowing plenty string bending. Furthermore is has 24th frets. The head of the guitar is arrow shaped and flat in line with the neck, giving it minimum bending at the nut. The graphite nut positions the strings horizontally, with an added zero fret.
In addition to the BHM-01 Guild produced a series of “Humbucker versions” which became known as the BHM-02. It is a unique guitar-different in feel, sound, features, appearance, and character. The new edition, with custom made parts such as pick-ups, and the design and shape of the neck and body, is almost a perfect copy of Brian’s own guitar. So you may say that the new re-issue is a spitting image of the “Red Special”. Guild only produced a limited amount of this new edition. Components and Feel As with the original version, this body is made out of hand-picked mahogany that was cut specially to show the beauty of the grain.
The fingerboard is made out of high-grade rosewood with low frets for fast easy action. The neck, like the BHM-01, is wider than most electrics (1 13/16 at the nut) allowing for string bending and easy access to the upper frets. The head of the guitar is shaped so as to position the tuning pegs almost in line with the strings, giving it minimum bending at the at the nut. The nut positions the strings horizontally, and a ‘zero fret’.