As a treat to help lift the dark clouds of Blue Monday, here’s the Red Special in a state of undress. It’s an outtake from the photo session that provided incredible images that formed the heart of the ‘Brian May’s Red Special’ book.
The screws that secure the mahogany neck to the guitar’s oak insert are clearly visible, as are the contacts of the middle pickup, one of three that Brian made and wound before discovering that Burns Tri-Sonics did a far better job.
We can also see that, in the guitar’s dim and distant past, the bridge pickup has been moved back towards the bridge a couple of mm and a rubber base has also been included. Greg Fryer applied the copper shielding to the control cavity, and we can also see how thin the mahogany veneer is atop the lighter-coloured blockboard.
This photo, snapped by co-author Simon Bradley, was obviously taken before Andrew Guyton‘s more recent restoration and we’ll be posting a few more shots like this over the coming weeks and months, so keep checking back to www.theredspecial.com.
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Don’t miss Simon’s six-part blog that goes behind the scenes of the book in much more detail