Brian May goes deep on Bohemian Rhapsody: the gear, the solo and the magic of Freddie Mercury’s finest hour

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Perhaps it was to be expected that the guitarist who topped Total Guitar's poll for the greatest rock guitarist of all time should have written and performed our readers' favourite solo, with the majestic, operatic genius of Bohemian Rhapsody taking top spot as best guitar solo of all time.

It feels appropriate. Bohemian Rhapsody is many things. It sounds as audacious now as it did upon its release in 1975. Who else but Queen could have straddled the line between theatre and hard rock, between the costumery and extravagance and the hot power of a homemade electric guitar and a Vox AC30 driven into overdrive

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Chris Bird

Chris has been the Editor of Total Guitar magazine since 2020. Prior to that, he was at the helm of Total Guitar's world-class tab and tuition section for 12 years. He's a former guitar teacher with 35 years playing experience and he holds a degree in Philosophy & Popular Music. Chris has interviewed Brian May three times, Jimmy Page once, and Mark Knopfler zero times – something he desperately hopes to rectify as soon as possible.