GUILD BRIAN MAY SERIES

Guild produced two waves of Red Special replicas. The first was the 1984 BHM1 model followed almost ten years later by the BM01 (Signature/Pro) model and the BM02 and BM03 variants.

GUILD BRIAN MAY (BHM1)

Guild produced the BRIAN MAY model between 1984 and 1988. It was a faithful copy of Brian May's Red Special guitar. Features include a unique switching and control system, a wide but comfortable neck and an interior hollow acoustic chamber. It came with a Deluxe Kahler Vibrato and the three single coil pickups are DiMarzio replications of the original Burns Tri-sonics. There was a choice of all mahogany body or mahogany body with flamed maple top. All were handmade in the USA and left handed configuration was an option.

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GUILD BRIAN MAY PRO

The Guild Brian May Pro model was Guild's second faithful reproduction of Brian May's Red Special. It is identical to the BM01 Signature model except without the signature decal on the headstock.

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GUILD BRIAN MAY SIGNATURE (BM01)

The Guild Brian May Signature model was Guild's second faithful reproduction of Brian May's Red Special. Made in 1994 only as a limited edition of 1000 instruments. The pickups were Seymour Duncan reproduction Burn's Tri-Sonics. The tremolo and bridge system are custom made by Schaller and are more accurate reproduction of Red Special than the Kahler units seen on the earlier Guild BHM1 model.

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GUILD BRIAN MAY SPECIAL (BM02)

GUILD produced the BRIAN MAY SPECIAL between 1994 and 1995. It is a more budget version of the BM01 model. It has a tun-o-matic bridge with stop tailpiece instead of the Brian May vibrato seen on the BM01. The pickup spacing is different - the bridge and middle pickups are next to each other like a humbucker. The fingerboard is rosewood instead of the ebony on the BM01 and the finish color is natural.

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GUILD BRIAN MAY STANDARD (BM03)

The BRIAN MAY STANDARD (BM03) was made between 1994 and 1995. The Standard has the same body and headstock shape as the Red Special but the similarity ends there. The fretboard is rosewood, the body is completely solid with no sound chambers with no binding on the body. The multiple sliding switches of the Red Special are gone, replaced by a pickup selector switch and coil tap switch . The Standard came with various pickup options: 3 single coils, 2 humbuckers with coil taps and 1 single coil 1 humbucker.

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Specifications:

ModelImageBindingFinish colorsFinish effectsMade inNumber of stringsScale length
GUILD BRIAN MAY (BHM1)
1984 to 1988
white bindingblack finish, green finish, red finish, white finishtransparent finishUSA6 strings24 inches scale-length
GUILD BRIAN MAY PRO
1994 to 1995
-red finishtransparent finishUSA6 strings-
GUILD BRIAN MAY SIGNATURE (BM01)
1994
-red finishtransparent finishUSA6 strings-
GUILD BRIAN MAY SPECIAL (BM02)
1994 to 1995
-natural finish-USA6 strings-
GUILD BRIAN MAY STANDARD (BM03)
1994 to 1995
-black finish, green finish, red finish, white finish-USA6 strings-
ModelBody materialBody shape featuresBody top materialHollow bodyPickguard material
GUILD BRIAN MAY (BHM1)
1984 to 1988
mahogany bodydouble cutawayflamed maple body topsemi-hollow bodyblack pickguard
GUILD BRIAN MAY PRO
1994 to 1995
mahogany bodydouble cutaway-semi-hollow bodyblack pickguard
GUILD BRIAN MAY SIGNATURE (BM01)
1994
mahogany bodydouble cutaway-semi-hollow bodyblack pickguard
GUILD BRIAN MAY SPECIAL (BM02)
1994 to 1995
mahogany bodydouble cutawaymahogany body top-black pickguard
GUILD BRIAN MAY STANDARD (BM03)
1994 to 1995
mahogany bodydouble cutaway--black pickguard
ModelBridgeHardware colorTailpieceTuners
GUILD BRIAN MAY (BHM1)
1984 to 1988
Kahler tremolo, tune-o-matic bridgechrome hardware--
GUILD BRIAN MAY PRO
1994 to 1995
Brian May vibrato, tune-o-matic bridgechrome hardware--
GUILD BRIAN MAY SIGNATURE (BM01)
1994
Brian May vibrato, tune-o-matic bridgechrome hardware--
GUILD BRIAN MAY SPECIAL (BM02)
1994 to 1995
tune-o-matic bridgechrome hardwarestop tailpieceSchaller tuners
GUILD BRIAN MAY STANDARD (BM03)
1994 to 1995
tune-o-matic bridgechrome hardwarestop tailpieceSchaller tuners
ModelFingerboard inlay materialFingerboard materialFingerboard position markers
GUILD BRIAN MAY (BHM1)
1984 to 1988
pearl fingerboard inlay materialebony fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
GUILD BRIAN MAY PRO
1994 to 1995
pearl fingerboard inlay materialebony fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
GUILD BRIAN MAY SIGNATURE (BM01)
1994
pearl fingerboard inlay materialebony fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
GUILD BRIAN MAY SPECIAL (BM02)
1994 to 1995
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
GUILD BRIAN MAY STANDARD (BM03)
1994 to 1995
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
ModelHeadstock inlays or logosNeck materialNumber of fretsPeghead (headstock)Tuner layout
GUILD BRIAN MAY (BHM1)
1984 to 1988
pearl headstock inlay/logomahogany neck24 fretblack face headstockthree-each-side
GUILD BRIAN MAY PRO
1994 to 1995
pearl headstock inlay/logo-24 fretblack face headstockthree-each-side
GUILD BRIAN MAY SIGNATURE (BM01)
1994
pearl headstock inlay/logo-24 fretblack face headstock, signature on headstockthree-each-side
GUILD BRIAN MAY SPECIAL (BM02)
1994 to 1995
pearl headstock inlay/logo-24 fret-three-each-side
GUILD BRIAN MAY STANDARD (BM03)
1994 to 1995
pearl headstock inlay/logo-24 fret-three-each-side
ModelPickup selector controlsTone controlsVolume controls
GUILD BRIAN MAY (BHM1)
1984 to 1988
6 selector switches1 tone control1 volume control
GUILD BRIAN MAY PRO
1994 to 1995
6 selector switches1 tone control1 volume control
GUILD BRIAN MAY SIGNATURE (BM01)
1994
6 selector switches1 tone control1 volume control
GUILD BRIAN MAY SPECIAL (BM02)
1994 to 1995
6 selector switches1 tone control1 volume control
GUILD BRIAN MAY STANDARD (BM03)
1994 to 1995
1 coil tap switch, 1 pickup selector switch1 tone control1 volume control
ModelPickups brand and modelPickups configuration
GUILD BRIAN MAY (BHM1)
1984 to 1988
DiMarzio pickup(s), Seymour Duncan pickup(s)3 single coil pickups
GUILD BRIAN MAY PRO
1994 to 1995
Seymour Duncan pickup(s)3 single coil pickups
GUILD BRIAN MAY SIGNATURE (BM01)
1994
Seymour Duncan pickup(s)3 single coil pickups
GUILD BRIAN MAY SPECIAL (BM02)
1994 to 1995
Seymour Duncan pickup(s)3 single coil pickups
GUILD BRIAN MAY STANDARD (BM03)
1994 to 1995
Seymour Duncan pickup(s)1 single coil and 1 humbucker pickup, 2 humbucker pickups, 3 single coil pickups