“It's thrilling that he played my homemade guitar, all those years later”: Brian May pens personal tribute to Duane Eddy, and reflects on the time Eddy played his Red Special

Brian May (left), and Duane Eddy, holding Red Special guitars
(Image credit: Brian May Instagram / Getty Images - Paul Charbit)

In recent days, countless guitar greats have paid tribute to Duane Eddy, who passed away last week (April 30) at the age of 86. One such guitar star was Queen's Brian May, who underscored Eddy's influence in a touching Instagram post. 

One of the original guitar heroes, Eddy left an indelible mark on a generation of riffers in the late '50s and early '60s, thanks to hits like Rebel Rouser, and his take on the Peter Gunn theme.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.