That Red Special sound...

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  1. rootbeersoup

    rootbeersoup Member

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    What kind of pickup is best to replicate the sound of the Red Special? I'm thinking P-90. It has kind of a bassy sound to it...

    Of course, I'm talking about the guitar used by Brian May of Queen:
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  2. Justini

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    why not just buy the tri-sonic pickups by Burns he uses and slap them into a guitar that has single coils?
     
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    Voxman Moderator Staff Member

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    And then you have to wire them the same way!
     
  4. rootbeersoup

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    Meh, I was kinda hoping to just buy a guitar that already had a similar sound...
     
  5. jetlag

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    Damn, it's UK...

    First, the TV white junior, now this?
     
  7. jetlag

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    Finally the UK gets some things that the US can't :p
     
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    [quote author=jetlag link=topic=11382.msg148657#msg148657 date=1165461756]
    Finally the UK gets some things that the US can't :p
    [/quote]

    That's the second time, now...

    UK - 2
    US - a lot more
     
  9. jetlag

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    I know.
    But I've found a US site that ships to the UK, and is cheaper than buying it over here.
    So that's like. -1. Hah. :roll:
    Ah well.
     
  10. madguitarsolo

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    [quote author=jetlag link=topic=11382.msg148662#msg148662 date=1165462153]
    I know.
    But I've found a US site that ships to the UK, and is cheaper than buying it over here.
    So that's like. -1. Hah. :roll:
    Ah well.
    [/quote]

    AND... if you do buy it over here - we pay loads of tax!!! Muhahahaha
    God bless Britain :)
     
  11. Lex Lurid

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    The Burns Brian May....and the now called "Brian May" Guitars are readily available in the States aren't they?????
    I certainly know of a few members of the forum that have them.

    Pip Pip
    Lexie ;)
     
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    Obviously.....if Money were not a major issue, you could keep an eye open for a Guild "Red Special" Secondhand, they were not TOO bad, certainly more authentic than the Burns in appearance, but the Burns had better Pickups....believe it or not!!! The latter Burns Guitars benefited from somewhat Tweaked Pickups. The earlier ones had standard TriSonics and whilst vaguely in the right area soundwise.....NOTHING like the later ones.

    Then again.......If you had the odd $12,000 sitting around (Like We ALL do sigh) You can't go wrong with one of these! Even The Man Himself is now using a few of them!! http://www.guytonguitars.co.uk

    Pip Pip
    Lexie :)
     
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    ...a free curly perm is included in that price though... ;D ;D

    (not for you, wheeze!)
     
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    Cheers Brew. Been thinking of what to do with my hair (tis getting rather long)... maybe I could perm it! :D :rofl: :shocked: :funny:
     
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    Well I've had to totally rework mine to get it playable! Disappointing to say the least :roll:
     
  16. Lex Lurid

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    The Burns that I had..........Um mm....Talk about Re Worked!!!!
    Live Voxy....Mine had a MAJOR amount of work done to get it playable.
    The work that was deemed "Essential" was a Re Fret (!!!!!!!!!)
    On arrival the Fret Job was the worst that I have EVER seen.......This rendered the Guitar completely unplayable without Buzzing and Choking EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!.

    After the Re Fret was commissioned.....I played another one that belongs to one of the House Guitarists playing in "We Will Rock You" and was pleased to see that he had done that which I regarded as being "The Next Move" to improve the Beastly Thing.......Removal of Zero Fret. Once this had been done.....and the Re fret.....AND the Complete Re Setting of The Bridge Assembly to make the Trem usable........
    AND the replacing of the Stock Pups with some Custom Wound Ones......Yeah.....It was THEN....and only then......a Great Guitar!!!!

    The Quality Control and Build Quality of the Earlier Ones was notorious!!!!! I have yet to meet anyone who has received a Guitar that was Playable out of the Box!! Worst Case Scenario befell a mate who lives in Ireland......He had 4 of the things before he got one that was anywhere near worth modding.

    The UK Distributors were so fed up with constant telephone calls from disgruntled customers that they ended up offering Full Refunds!!!!

    BUT....This was in the early days. One assumes that things have now improved.......(though I have my doubts!)

    Pip Pip
    Lexie ;)
     
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    Well get into this more and for a chuckle, Lexy will roll, I'll post some stuff they send you with it ...... Me, I glued and pressed the frets back in and then dressed it majorly but ripping the frets out is the first work order, I just cheap`d out to get it somewhat playable :-\ but fully working properly it can be quite a distinctive guitar
     
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    [quote author=Strange Brew link=topic=11382.msg148720#msg148720 date=1165491321]
    ...a free curly perm is included in that price though... ;D ;D

    (not for you, wheeze!)
    [/quote]

    I had curly hair.......once. :p
     
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    I'm a curly haired extrordinaire ...




    but it's all gone now. :cry:
     
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