A few weeks back, Brian May Guitars turned quite a few heads with the announcement of its first non-Red Special guitar, the Arielle signature model.
Though it's not set for an official release until March 28, some big-name guitarists have already gotten their hands on the Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter's signature model – including Brian May himself and Eric Johnson, both of whom demoed the guitar for May's YouTube channel.
You can check out May's melodically-rich, whammy bar-heavy demo above and Johnson's demo – replete with the sort of Louvre-worthy clean tones only he can produce – below.
The Arielle model features a Korina/Limba body, a one-piece mahogany neck with 24 frets, and a 24-inch scale length, same as the Red Special.
Sonically, the guitar's outfitted with May's Tri-Sonic single-coil pickups – controlled by master volume and tone knobs – and the same phase-switching system found on the Red Special. The six-switch system allows each pickup to be engaged and have its phase reversed independently.
Elsewhere, the Arielle signature model features a Wilkinson two-point tremolo – with six individual saddles – and Grover 406 Series Mini Locking Rotomatic tuners.
It will be available starting March 28 for £662 (~$900.)
For more info on the guitar, stop by brianmayguitars.co.uk (opens in new tab).
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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