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Brian May Guitars Red Special

Brian May Guitars Red Special

Queen's Brian May plays a signature Brian May Red Special guitar, the same st... more

Fender Telecaster                                  (Duplicate)

Fender Telecaster ...

May used this guitar for "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and first used it a... more

Burns Double Six

Burns Double Six

“I used this on Long Away. Funnily enough I think I bought it because I liked... more

Godin A12 Semi-Acoustic

Godin A12 Semi-Acoustic

In this photo from the 1992 [Freddie Mercury](https://equipboard.com/pros/fre... more

Amplifiers

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Vox AC30/6 Bass, a JMI product

Vox AC30/6 Bass, a JMI product

Brian May's guitar tech shows us the Queen guitarist's onstage setup. May's ... more

The Deacy Amp

The Deacy Amp

Brian May is quoted saying, “It’s kind of magic, that little amplifier. I don... more

Vox AC30 Rose Morris 80s

Vox AC30 Rose Morris 80s

In the opening scene of this video at about 0:02, Brian May's guitar tech can... more

VOX AC30TBX fawn

VOX AC30TBX fawn

At 28:26, Brian's guitar tech Pete Malandrone speaks about Brian's use of AC3... more

Effects Pedals

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Effects pedals

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TC Electronic PolyTune Polyphonic Tuner Pedal

TC Electronic PolyTune Polyphonic Tuner Pedal

At 12:46 Brian May uses the TC Electronic PolyTune Classic Pedal in his pedal... more

Dunlop Cry Baby DCR-2SR Rack Module

Dunlop Cry Baby DCR-2SR Rack Module

Brian May uses the Dunlop Cry Baby DCR-2SR Rack Module at 10:13. more

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Wah Wah

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Wah Wah

A Queen tech talks through their live setup, including Brian May's Dunlop GCB... more

Greg Fryer Treble Booster Touring

Greg Fryer Treble Booster Touring

Brian May's treble booster pedal can be spotted in this Premier Guitar video ... more

World Instruments

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George Formby Banjolele

George Formby Banjolele

This video is from the documentary about Queen's album "A Night at the Opera"... more

Brian May Guitars Ukelele

Brian May Guitars Ukelele

Simillar to the BMG Rhapsody guitar, the BMG Uke features the same style and ... more

Completely Incorrect Epiphone Les Paul Ukulele

Epiphone Les Paul Ukulele

Brian May uses a ukulele during the live preformance of Good company . I dont... more

Strings

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Optima Gold 2028BM Brian May Electric Guitar Strings

Optima Gold 2028BM Brian May Electric Guitar Strings

Brian May uses his signature strings (link to the Optima website). Here is a... more

Bass Guitars

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Bass guitars

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Needs Review Guyton BM Bass

Guyton BM Bass

Brian May used this Bass in "One Voice" music video. You can see the bass aft... more

Music Man Stingray Bass

Music Man Stingray Bass

At Brian´s home studio. more

Completely Incorrect Burns Bison

Burns Bison

Brian May is playing a Burns Bison in the picture - not a Burns Marvin as stated more

Studio Equipment

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TC Electronic G-Major II Guitar Effects Processor

TC Electronic G-Major II Guitar Effects Processor

At 9:41 we see shot of the rack before Brian's tech Pete discusses what each ... more

Maestro Echoplex

Maestro Echoplex

On his website, electronics tech to the stars of the 70s, Pete Cornish attest... more

MXR DDS Digital Delay Systeme II

MXR DDS Digital Delay Systeme II

BRIAN MAY's 1982 SYSTEM The second stage system that I designed and built ... more

Avalon U5 DI Preamplifier

Avalon U5 DI Preamplifier

In this Rig Rundown video you can see Pete Malandrone (BMs tech) talk about t... more

Microphones

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Shure SM57 Dynamic Instrument Microphone

Shure SM57 Dynamic Instrument Microphone

One of the coments on Instagram foobag - the 57 is industry standard for a ... more

Needs Review Sennheiser MD 421 Dynamic Microphone

Sennheiser MD 421 Dynamic Microphone

brian may uses this mic in the las tour "Rhapsody Tour" more

Music Accessories

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Couch Black Byloos Victorian Guitar Strap

Couch Black Byloos Victorian Guitar Strap

According to Couch's website May is using this strap. more

Fender Monogrammed Guitar Strap

Fender Monogrammed Guitar Strap

Used with a 1978 Fender Telecaster Black at 2:13 for "Crazy Little Thing Call... more

Keyboards and Synthesizers

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Keyboards and synthesizers

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Roland RD-1000

Roland RD-1000

Here is a photo of May playing a Yamaha DX-7 in The Freddie Mercury Tribute C... more

Needs Review Yamaha DX7

Yamaha DX7

At 28:19, It can CLEARLY be seen with brian playing on it while the band was ... more

Oberheim OB-Xa

Oberheim OB-Xa

Lists the OB-Xa being used. Photos can be found of this as well. more

Oberheim OB-8 Synthesizer

Oberheim OB-8 Synthesizer

Seen playing an Ob-8 live in 1984 at the 3:24 timestamp. more

Other Gear

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Sixpence Coin

Sixpence Coin

Brian May started playing with a British sixpence coin after experimenting wi... more

Knight Audio Technologies KAT STB

Knight Audio Technologies KAT STB

Brian May uses a KAT STB (Strap Treble Booster) in his signal chain between t... more

Justin Guitar

Justin Guitar

On Justin Guitar's website, Brian May gives the following testimonial. > O... more

Foxx Phaser

Foxx Phaser

brian may uses this pedal in (for exaple) "GOOD OLD FASHINED LOVER BOY Live T... more

Gear Guides

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The Top 11 Overdrive Pedals - 2020 Edition

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11 Best Distortion Pedals for Guitar: Metal, Classic Rock, and Beyond

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Michael Pierce & Giulio Chiarenza

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13 Best Reverb Pedals for Guitar

Michael Pierce Giulio Chiarenza

Michael Pierce & Giulio Chiarenza

Updated March 2020