We first saw this guitar appear back in 2019, but as of now, you can officially buy the Brian May Guitars Arielle model at last. The musician from Austin, Texas built her own guitar in a very similar way to Mr May’s iconic Red Special. So it makes sense that the Queen guitarist would want to get involved.
Brian May Guitars Arielle
Based on the handmade Two-Tone guitar Arielle built aged just 16 years old, the new signature Brian May Guitars Arielle finally gets an official release, after nearly two years since we first heard about it all the way back in August 2019.
“This is the very first guitar that Brian May guitars has ever offered that is not based on my original Red Special. Designed by, and named after, Arielle, it’s a new dimension.” – Brian May
The Arielle has a solid Limba body with a raised centre strip, similar to a Gibson Firebird or the ESP /LTD Phoenix. You also get a three-ply parchment pickguard and a very unique two-tone orange-and-blue diagonal finish, which really makes this signature guitar stand out. It comes with a 24″ scale length, a mahogany neck and a 24 fret ebony fingerboard with subtle abalone diamond snowflake inlays.
Hardware includes a set of Grover 406 Series Mini Locking Rotomatic tuners and a Wilkinson WVP 2-point tremolo. The trem system has a nice stagger-drilled solid steel sustain block, so it should feel and sound good when you use it.
I like that it has a set of Brian May Guitars Tri-Sonic single-coil pickups. It also has the same switching system as on the Red Special models. So you have six black DPDT switches that engage the pickups individually and can act as dedicated phase reversal too. They use 250k pots with a Sprague 0.033μF Orange Drop film capacitor. So the small details have been looked at as well, which is always a good sign.
Overall, this is a very bold signature guitar and I can see why Brian May wanted to get involved. Check out the video below to hear Arielle talking about this very unique guitar.
The new signature model Brian May Guitars Arielle is due out on 28 March and you can click the link below to pre-order one.
RRP – GBP 795
- Brian May Guitars Arielle now officially released: Brian May Guitars
- Brian May builds a signature electric guitar for Arielle: YouTube