Family-built by Brian May and his father, the Red Special has been reproduced several times by brands like Guild and Burns since the eighties. In 2006, May created ‘Brian May Guitars’ to market his own take on the ‘Old lady’. Loaded with three Burns Tri-sonic pups, it’s a great quality instrument for $800.
Jim Marshall, the father of Marshall Amps, just passed away at 88. Marshall’s goal was to provide a cheaper alternative to american made amps without sacrificing quality. Mission accomplished Jim. His first amp, the JTM 45, got immediate adoption from the british scene (Townshend, Hendrix, Blackmore and many more) and helped define the rock sound of the sixties. Today, Marshall amp is part of popular culture and some pieces are considered iconic. Marshall is dead, long live Marshall.
This stompbox is the iconic fuzz of the sixties. Many reissues exist, but the original production stopped in 1975. The simplicity of the circuit is, up to this date, a subject of admiration, especially when it has been (partly of course) responsible for the sound of Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend and David Gilmour. Hear it
After a suite of dissatisfaction with both Gibsons and Fenders, Queen’s guitarist Brian May started designing his own guitars in 1968, with the help of his father. And there was the Brian May Red Special