Photos by MJ Klein
Lately I’ve been looking to expand my horizons. I’m getting bored with the same thing, musically speaking. Since my 1958 Epiphone has been unavailable, all I have been using for the past few years is a Fender Stratocaster that’s been highly modified. I don’t really like the Strat and I’ve grown tired of it.
I wanted to get a guitar that wasn’t just the same old stuff made pretty. There are a ton of absolutely gorgeous guitars that are basically all the same as far as capability goes. They are mostly based on Fender or Gibson designs, and rather limited. So, the choice was clear for me. I had to get a Red Special.
I had made arrangements with a guitar shop boss down in Kaohsiung, to take a look at 2 different color. Even though the sunburst looks great (on the right) I decided to go for the original color. These are made by Burns London.
What makes this guitar so unique is the pickup choices and the electronics. The Red Special uses 3 Burns Tri-sonic pickups, wired in series (as opposed to parallel in other guitars). There are 3 slide switches for turning each pickup on and off, and 3 more switches for each pickup that reverse the phase. This guitar has more settings than anything I’ve ever seen before. Plus those great Queen sounds are all there too. I can go from the searing solo on Bohemian Rhapsody to the heavy chords of We Will Rock You, with just a few switch changes. The number of sounds and the outright versatility of this guitar are mindblowing. I’m going to use this guitar on stage at the Taoyuan Stadium gig coming up on April 13. I’ll get some more photos of it soon.
Click here to read about the original Red Special.