Brian May guitars – spot the difference

Brian May's Red Special
Brian May‘s original Red Special

Ace Pro AE106
Ace Pro AE106 “Brian May Style Electric Guitar”

Ace AE106

I spotted the Ace Pro AE106 while flicking through a guitar magazine the other week. It caught my eye. “Ooh! a Brian May guitar,” I thought.

I had a closer look. It wasn’t. It was the Ace Pro AE106, which claimed to be a “Brian May Style Electric Guitar”.

By “Brian May Style” I guess they mean that it’s roughly the right colour, has three Burns tri-sonic-looking pickups, a black scratchplate and … er, that’s about it.

Here’s the full run-down of features:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Diecast Tuners
  • Two Way Truss Rod
  • Hard Maple Neck
  • Rosewood 25-1/2
  • Set Neck
  • Basswood Body
  • Modern 3S, 1V, 1T, 5way
  • Fulcrum2 Tremolo
  • Contoured body Arm lays

You can buy the AE106 at The Music King for only £99. I really want to know what it sounds like now.

Brian May Guitars

You can buy a real Brian May style guitar via Brian May Guitars for around £500.

It’s features are:

  • Mahogany body (with acoustic chamber) with Pinstripe binding
  • New two-piece scratch plate
  • Mahogany neck
  • 24″ scale (Depth: 22mm at 1st fret … 24mm at 12th fret)
  • 24 fret – ebony fingerboard (width 45mm at 0 fret … 57mm at 24th fret)
  • Grover GH305 locking tuners
  • Dual truss rod
  • Graphite nut
  • New bridge & Brass saddles
  • BM Custom tremolo arm
  • 3 x Burns Tri-Sonic pickups (series wired)
  • Master Volume & Tone controls
  • Original BM switching system
  • Individual pickup IN/OUT phase plus Individual pickup ON/OFF

I know which I’d prefer … oh, I forgot! I already have one.