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In Brian May's Red Special Guitar you will discover everything you ever wished to know about Brian May's unique guitar. Brian talks about every aspect of the Red Special, from its birth to playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace, from Live Aid to the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and beyond. All of this is accompanied by original diagrams, sketches and notes dating from the building of the guitar, as well as a great selection of photographs including Brian on stage with his guitar, close-ups and x-rays. Rare and previously unseen images are included throughout, as well as a full exploration of every aspect of the guitar that has been fully dismantled and photographed. Brian May and his father, Harold, started to hand-build an electric guitar in 1963. Brian dreamed of a guitar that would outperform any of the existing commercially made electric guitars; his father had the technical knowledge and skills to help make the dream come true. Brian played his guitar on every Queen album and in all of Queen's live shows around the world. "My dad and I decided to make an electric guitar. I designed an instrument from scratch, with the intention that it would have a capability beyond anything that was out there, more tunable, with a greater range of pitches and sounds, with a better tremolo, and with a capability of feeding back through the air in a 'good' way" - Brian May

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Although best known as the lead guitarist of Queen, Brian May has a PhD in astrophysics and is an expert in 3D photography. He co-wrote Bang! The Complete History of the Universe with Chris Lintott and Patrick Moore (Carlton), A Village Lost and Found with Elena Vidal, and Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell with Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming (both by London Stereoscopic Company). Simon Bradley has been a professional guitar journalist since 1996 and is currently Multimedia Editor at Guitarist magazine. He has also written for Total Guitar, What Guitar?, Guitar Techniques, and SFX, among many other specialist publications, and websites, including Brian's own brianmay.com.

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  • Publication date2020
  • ISBN 10 1787390780
  • ISBN 13 9781787390782
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