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Rob Uker
11-11-2018, 05:04 PM
My son and I went to see the new Queen movie which inspires me to get off the couch and start building a ukulele inspired by Brian Mayís Red Special Guitar.
For those not familiar with the story behind the guitar, as a teenager Brianís family couldnít afford to buy him an electric guitar. But that didnít stop brian and his father. They found scrap wood from an old mantel and an old table to build the guitar, old motors parts to build the bridge and they wound there own pickups.
Iím not much of a guitar player so to pay tribute to this amazing story I decided to build an acoustic ukulele version of the guitar.
Here is a progress picture of the Uke Iíve been working on next to a picture of the original guitar,113428

Joyful Uke
11-11-2018, 05:22 PM
That's going to be a very special ukulele. Looking forward to seeing and hearing the finished project.

kohanmike
11-11-2018, 06:20 PM
That's great. I love doing mods like that to my bass ukes.

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My son and I went to see the new Queen movie which inspires me to get off the couch and start building a ukulele inspired by Brian May’s Red Special Guitar.

For those not familiar with the story behind the guitar, as a teenager Brian’s family couldn’t afford to buy him an electric guitar. But that didn’t stop brian and his father. They found scrap wood from an old mantel and an old table to build the guitar, old motors parts to build the bridge and they wound there own pickups.

I’m not much of a guitar player so to pay tribute to this amazing story I decided to build an acoustic ukulele version of the guitar.
Here is a progress picture of the Uke I’ve been working on next to a picture of the original guitar.

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mountain goat
11-11-2018, 06:29 PM
damn that's looking fabulous Rob.

SoloRule
11-12-2018, 02:47 AM
Thank you for the background story. No I am not aware of that.. he is a great guitarist, glad his father was determined to build that guitar, By the way, Brian May is now a PhD. Dr May !
I am planning to see the movie this week. I heard it’s very good.
Your Uke looks really really good ! Look forward to hearing its voice

besley
11-12-2018, 05:22 AM
That does look special. I was thinking that someone by now must have produced a Brian May uke, and sure enough they have - Brian May himself (or perhaps someone paying to use his name).


http://shop.brianmayguitars.co.uk/user/products%20extra/BMG%20Uke%20Angle.jpg

I'm actually surprise the uke isn't a solid body.

Rob Uker
11-13-2018, 02:31 AM
Thanks for sharing the picture.
I knew that there was a mass produced model and for along time that held me back from building my version of the Special Red.
I do a lot of building acoustic versions of famous solid body electric guitars. The criteria I usually go by when deciding what to build is:
1) Is it a unique instrument
2) Is it associated with a specific musician
3) Do I like the music
4) Does the build present a learning opportunity for me.
The Special Red checked all the boxes.
I avoid building popular instruments like Telecasters and Les Paul's. I'm actually starting to run out of things to make.
If anyone has any suggestions , I'm always looking for ideas.
Take a look at my facebook to see some of my other celebrity inspired ukes.
https://www.facebook.com/RIGuitars/

Ukulammy
11-17-2018, 01:37 PM
If anyone is interested there’s a short clip on Youtube of Brian May with his George Formby banjolele that belonged to his dad.