Brian May‘s original Red Special
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.