Queen shredder Brian May has introduced a one-off model of his famed Red Special with a fluorescent pink finish to be auctioned off for charity.
Over the years there have been many faithful recreations of Queen guitarist Brian May’s Red Special from BMG — one of which features the artwork of the band’s iconic 1977 album News of the World. May has now debuted a one-off fluorescent pink model of his signature guitar that he will auction off for a pair of women’s cancer charities alongside a new Queen single.
‘The World’s Pinkest Pink’, as May calls it, was shown off in several Instagram posts that provide a behind the scenes glimpse at a new Queen video being shot for a single due out in October. The prospect of new Queen music is exciting after being treated to intimate guitar lessons from the man himself while in isolation.
The one of a kind electric guitar is coated in a fluorescent pink powdered paint developed by Stuart Semple at his Dorset based company Culture Hustle. The fluorescent finish throws all kinds of strange reflections off it that is enhanced under UV light for extra flare.
The Red Special was already a pretty unique axe that’s been by May’s side throughout his career. The guitar was built in the early ’60s by May and his father Harold from parts of the family’s fireplace. The guitar features three single-coil pick-ups and a custom-made aluminium bridge with various phasing options designed for maximum feedback.
Stay tuned for further details of the auction and catch a glimpse at the making of the new single below via May’s Instagram.
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