Nobody knows that the legendary rock band member Queen’s guitar is a homemade guitar.
Music enthusiasts in general and rock music in particular cannot be unaware of legendary rock band Queen. However, not everyone knows that the group’s guitarist – Brian May – has made his own guitar. One of the most famous and sticking musical instruments in his music career was the Red Special.
It can be said that guitarists always have a special connection with their guitar, however, no one is attached to their instruments like Brian May and the Red Special. Not only is he attached to him on tour, Red Special is even more special because it is made from his own hands and his father, Harold May.
In the 1960s, the price of an electric guitar was not cheap, while Brian May’s family did not have the economic conditions to buy him a guitar. So the father of this legendary guitarist decided to give him a special guitar. At the same time, Brian May also helped her father complete the guitar. With a passion for physics, he became a great assistant to his father when he designed this unique guitar model. At that time, Brian May was only 16 years old.
In fact, this is not a crazy idea. As an electrical engineer, Harold May used to make TV, radio and all of his home appliances. To save costs, Mr. Harold built the instrument with the main material of the fireplace’s wooden panel. After 2 years, the guitar was finally completed. The name Red Special was named by Brian May according to its distinctive red paint.
A lot of people later claimed that Brian May and his father needed a patent for this groundbreaking design, however, Brian May felt this was unnecessary. “Compared to being granted a patent, I prefer to share how to make a guitar with the whole world,” said Brian May.
After the guitar was completed, Brian May used it when performing with his two old bands, 1984 and Smile. However, only when Queen was founded, the new Red Special guitar actually became the symbol associated with Brian May. Although he tried to play a few other instruments, Red Special was always the special companion he used while recording and on every Queen’s tour. The guitar was so special to him that, in 1988, he named his solo album “Red Special”.
Earlier, many people expressed doubts about the quality of this instrument, saying that a homemade instrument would surely have a short life. However, the reality has proved that Red Special is extremely elaborate and careful. Even after 40 years, this legendary instrument has never been badly damaged.