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1970s Greco BM900 Brian May Red Special Electric Guitar Walnut, Japan Fujigen w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1970's Greco BM900 Brian May Red Special signature electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original case. An early pre-serialized iteration, this version is particularly rare with the correct white slider switches seen on Brian’s original. As the first company to take up the Brian May mantle quite early in Queen's career, this Greco captures both the visual and sonic stylings of this wholly unique instrument. With a trio of alnico magnet single coil pickups and a sextet of mini switches to engage the pickups and offer some delightfully thinned out and snappy out of phase sounds, this BM900 can handle gain with ease and deliver the sweet, singing, articulate sounds for which May is known. Just add a treble booster and your favorite Vox amp and you're well on your way. The guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 6oz, and we've had this BM900 professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and 10-46 strings.

The mahogany neck has a medium C shaped profile with moderate shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, filling out with just a hair more roundness in the higher registers, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and tapering to .915" at the 12th. The slab ebony fretboard features dot inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The stock frets are practically perfect with plenty of meat, and the guitar plays effortlessly up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod. The dual body cutaways offer ample access to the highest frets too. On the headstock, the early Greco script logo is inlaid in abalone, and the stock set of USA-made Grover Rotomatic tuning machines are intact and turn smoothly

The electronics all work as intended, with Master Volume and Tone knobs governing the trio of pickups, each with its own dedicated on/off and phase mini switch. It's exceedingly rare to find a Greco Red Special with the correct two-way slider switches as opposed to mini toggles, and the harmonica bridge and tuners are also unusual for their USA provenance, as this guitar proves to be not only a very early iteration, but a no-expense-spared one as well. The pickups have good muscle and fullness, and the mahogany body adds a bit of inherent warmth and bark to the sound. The chrome pickup covers, bezels, and harmonica bridge have clean chrome plating and plenty of shine, and the Volume and Tone knobs have their respective V and T markings engraved on top. The vibrato is also faithful to May's original design, actuating easily for smooth, expressive wails and warbles. The transparent gloss finish has a dark walnut tint, and the body is framed by aged binding. Cosmetic wear includes a bit of requisite scuffing across the strum path and some checking at the body binding, with one binding chip at the bass side body horn which has been stabilized. Wear on the gloss is otherwise limited to some scattered small marks and scratches on the body. The neck profile sports a pristine gloss finish.

The original hardshell case is included.