Brian May Guitars Launches New Guitar: Arielle Signature

Brian May Guitars Launches New Guitar: Arielle Signature
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Brian May Guitars launches a new electric guitar for 2021, an exclusive model made in collaboration with guitarist and singer-songwriter Arielle, the first not based on the Red Special and based on the artist’s “Two-Tone”.

New Arielle Signature Guitar from Brian May Guitars

The new guitar model from BM Guitars will be the brand’s first “no Red Special”; although it has a pickup configuration similar to Brian May’s legendary guitar.

The guitar is based on the custom guitar called “Two Tone” that artist Arielle made, inspired by the story of Brian May and his Red Special. However, it has certain modifications of the original such as the pegbox.

Arielle and Brian May with the Two-Tone Custom Guitar and the new Brian May Signature Guitars.

Arielle Guitar Specifications

Arielle guitar design is an offset similar to a Gibson Firebird mixed with a Fender inverted Jazzmaster as well. The guitar features a raised center stripe and a two-tone finish in red and blue. The build consists of a Korina / Limba body, with a 24 fret “modern radius” one-piece mahogany neck.

Arielle’s scale length is 24 inches – the same as found on the original Red Special, that’s three-quarters of an inch shorter than a standard Gibson scale length guitar.

Arielle Hardware

Hardware comes in the form of a chrome-finished Wilkinson two-point tremolo, plus Grover 406 Series Mini Locking Rotomatic tuners. The Wilkinson tremolo features six individual saddles, as well as a low-profile lip that eliminates the possibility of horizontal saddle movement.

Arielle Signature Brian May Guitars.

Brian May Guitars Arielle Electronics

The electronics consist of May’s Tri-Sonic single coil pickups, as well as the same phase switching system found on the Red Special. This system has six DPDT switches that allow each pickup to activate and also have its phase reversed independently. There’s also a master volume and tone control, and the latter uses a Sprague 0.033μF Orange Drop capacitor.

History of «Two-Tone», Arielle’s custom guitar

Arielle’s Setup / Rig Rundown

In the classic Rig Rundown series from Premier Guitar, Arielle shows off her setup and especially the iconic “Two-Tone” on which Brian May Guitars based his new Arielle Signature model.

Brian May announces his brand’s first non-Red Special guitar: Arielle

May said of the unveiling of the new model: “This is the first guitar Brian May Guitars has offered that is not based on my original Red Special. Designed by Arielle and named after her, it’s a new dimension. To understand why this guitar was irresistible to me, you have to hold it in your hands. It is light, smooth, agile and… it sings like a bird! ».

Arielle’s New Album: Analog Girl In A Digital World

Along with the release of Arielle’s signature guitar, she also announced her ninth studio album,  Analog Girl In A Digital World  . The album will be released on May 7, 2021, and the first single Peace Of Mind will arrive on February 12. You can reserve the album Analog Girl In A Digital World Arielle  .

The guitar will be available on March 28, 2021 and will be priced at £ 795 / USD 1,100. Also, you can see more information at shop.brianmayguitars.co.uk.

Related Notes: History and Characteristics of Brian May’s Red Special.


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