Well the day has arrived here that I wasn't sure ever would. Regular readers will know (because I often go on about it) that back in 1994 I bought one of the 1,000 Guild BM-01 Red Special models. At the time that was the high-end Brian May copy. She served me faithfully in everything from a Queen covers band to my own recordings and gigs until I eventually had to sell her to fund my move to the States. I've always regretted letting that guitar go - I saved for months to be able to afford it in the first place and even on the day I bought her the guys in the music shop were trying to talk me into buying two Les Pauls instead (yes, that's how much it cost back then). Now, after being almost GAS-free since buying my Gretsch a year ago, I've started looking at the new Red Specials. For a while they were made by Burns before Brian set up his own company (overseen by his long-time guitar tech, Pete Malandrone). There's been talk that these were being discontinued, so when one popped up on Musicians Friend last week in used, Grade 1 Mint condition for $200 less than the new price, I jumped. (Actually it turns out after calling MF that the only 'flaw' with this was that the outer of the two boxes had a dent in the corner. Their loss was my gain!) I won't do a full review - most people who know guitars know at least something about the Red Special, and while this isn't as faithful a reproduction as either my old Guild or the $5,000 top-of-the-line model Brian's currently putting out, it scratches an old itch. The video below says more than I ever could about these guitars: It's a wide neck, with a D-shaped 50's LP feel and 45mm nut and the ebony fretboard has a 9.8" radius but the neck's width makes it feel flatter (it's very comfortable to play though). 24 frets, 24" scale length, so the stock 9's feel almost like 8's. The switching system does take some getting used to, although having owned the original for years, it only took me a minute or two to get back into the setup here. Fit and finish are incredible without a single flaw anywhere that I've seen. The binding is perfect and there isn't a mark, chip or bubble anywhere at all. Volume and Tone pots are smooth and responsive, again like the original, and it's easy to go from the full roar to articulate cleans using just the volume alone.