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My ‘Red Special’

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by mattmccloskey, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. mattmccloskey

    mattmccloskey Supporting Member

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    I’ve always loved Brian May, and his very distinct guitar sound. I don’t usually go out of my way to copy any particular player’s sound, but I thought it would be a fun project to build a version of the Red Special.

    At first I considered going for the full Monty, and doing a replica. Lots of people have done that to varying degrees of success.

    After some consideration, I decided against that. For one thing, I wanted to end up with a guitar that I would actually play. A 24 fret guitar with a 24 inch scale is not realistic for me.

    Second, I’m not a luthier. I’m handy with wood and finishing, I can do some routing, a fret level, finish, electronics, assembly,etc. - but I’m not going to cut a neck and measure for fret slots anytime soon.

    So I built a guitar that captures some of the key features of Brian’s guitar, on a more familiar platform. I used raw parts from a few vendors, and did a lot of modification.
     
  2. SteveK

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    WOW! Would love to hear a clip...
     
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    Blackmoreguitar Silver Supporting Member

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    That looks fantastic, very impressed!
     
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    Looks great. Would like to do a project like that someday. The tele custom is a good choice with the large pickguard.
     
  5. Jayyj

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    That's come out great!

    There's enough Red Special clones out there - I much prefer that you've done something like this where the tribute to Brian is obvious and you'll get the sounds you need but it's something original as well. Good work!
     
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    Excellent work and cool tele/special!
     
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    That thing is way cool!
     
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    Tim Silver Supporting Member

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    It really looks good as a Tele!!!

    @Ron Thorn should do a run of these!!! NAMM 2020.........
     
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    Gosh DARN that's an absolute beauty. As a huge May fan I've never really been drawn to derivations from the original, but yours is the exception!
     
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    Big Like.

    Please tell us where you got the parts... particularly the body.
     
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    oh PHUCK YEAH!!!!!

    That thing is AMAZING!!! Wow, what a great take on an iconic piece. Gotta admit, I didn't scroll down to the pics first so I'm figuring "oh, here's another natural Strat with funky wiring. Meh."

    What a great surprise! The finish and the pickguard are exquisite, SO well done! Nice work, son.
     
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    Beautiful!! Play that thing in good health!
     
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    That is awesome, great approach to the concept.
     
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    Absolutely fantastic looking guitar. Everything about it is just awesome. I kid you not if I saw that in a shop I’d trip over myself running over to take it off the rack. A prior post mentioned that Ron Thorn should do a run of these. I wholeheartedly agree. Fender would sell a BUNCH of these. Great work OP!
     
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    That is the single most badass partscaster I've ever seen. Kudos on both the concept and execution. I'm like you, a fan of Brian, but the actual Red Special was not my cup of tea. Your solution is brilliant. A parts list and how to tips would be interesting, you know, to satisfy my curiosity ;)
     
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  18. GAD

    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub Silver Supporting Member

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    As an owner of two Guild Red Specials, I have to say that I love that!
     
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