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Brian May (Queen)

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Brian May (Queen)

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Brian May is an English musician and astrophysicist best known as the guitarist for Queen. May is responsible for such hits as “We Will Rock You” which has become synonymous with American sporting events, almost always featured during games across the country. He is well known for his use of a self-made guitar he calls “Red Special.” Several consider him a virtuoso, with Rolling Stone magazine placing him No. 26 on their top 100 guitarists. 

Although May would carry several guitars on tour with him, his single main guitar remained his signature “Red Special,” using others as backups. May recorded the majority of Queen’s recordings with his “Red Special” as well. He is also noted for using a small English coin, a sixpence, in lieu of a pick, using his fingers during the softer plucks of a song and the coin during the harsher riffs for added control.

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Check out Brian May’s gear setup! From his favorite self-built guitar  to his huge collection of effects - and all the gear details in between - we have all the info you need to start rocking like Brian May himself!


  • Aloha Ukulele
  • Fender Telecaster
  • Gibson Chet Atkins nylon guitar
  • Gibson Flying V
  • Gibson Les Paul Deluxe
  • Greco BM90
  • Guild Brian May guitars
  • Ibanez JS
  • Martin Acoustic guitars
  • Ovation 12 string acoustics
  • Parker Fly
  • The Red Special guitar
  • Yamaha DX7 keyboard



  • Deacy amp
  • Vox Custom Classic AC30BM Brian May Signature 30w 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp



  • Boss Chorus Ensemble CE-1 and CE-5
  • Brian May Digitech Artist Series pedal
  • Brian May Treble Booster
  • Dunlop Crybaby Wah
  • Foxx Foot Phaser
  • Hughes & Kettner Tube Rotosphere
  • Mike Hill custom-made rack-mount loop switcher
  • Rocktron Intellifex XL
  • Sennheiser wireless system
  • TC Electronic G-Force
  • VCA Control pedal

Check out the gear we carry that this artist uses to get their amazing sound!



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MXR '74 Vintage Phase 90 Pedal CSP026

MXR '74 Vintage Phase 90 Pedal CSP026

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