There’s More Than One Astrophysicist-Guitarist Out There

Beth… take note:

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Brian May has been referred to as a virtuoso guitarist.[21][22][23][24] He has used a range of guitars, most often the “Red Special“, which he designed when he was only 16 years old.[20] It was built with wood from an 18th century fireplace. His comments on this instrument, from Queen In Their Own Words (ed. Mick St. Michael, Omnibus Press, 1992, p. 62) are:

I like a big neck – thick, flat and wide. I lacquered the fingerboard with Rustin’s Plastic Coating. The tremolo is interesting in that the arm’s made from an old bicycle saddle bag carrier, the knob at the end’s off a knitting needle and the springs are valve springs from an old motorbike.

In addition to using his home-made guitar he prefers to use coins (especially a sixpence), instead of a more traditional plastic plectrum, on the basis that their rigidity gives him more control in playing. He is known to carry coins in his pockets specifically for this purpose.

2 thoughts on “There’s More Than One Astrophysicist-Guitarist Out There”

  1. He’s such a great guitarist. Also, this is a well timed post – his birthday was a week ago…I have the same birthday as him and in a few months will have the same last name (not an obsessed stalker here – just marrying someone with his last name, much to the delight of the dorky Queen-obsessed 11-year-old I once was)

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