Brian May Guitars unveils the Vision, a mash-up of the Red Special, a ’90s Guild and the Les Paul double-cut

Brian May Guitars Vision electric guitar
(Image credit: Brian May Guitars)

Earlier this week, Brian May Guitars gave the iconic Red Special a Barbie-style makeover, replacing the Antique Cherry colorway with a Hot Pink alternative.

It was a bold move from the company, but its latest offering is even more daring – in fact, we’d argue it’s even more radical than the recently released Pink Special.

Meet the Vision – a new iteration of the traditional Red Special body shape that trades the trio of Tri-Sonic-style pickups and generous suite of switching options for a far more simplistic electronic department that takes cues from more conventional electric guitars.

It certainly looks different. The dual-humbucker layout, wraparound hardtail bridge, absent oversized pickguard and the radically streamlined circuitry – especially when compared to the charm of Brian May’s original build – could well divide fans… or win the brand a whole new audience.

Whatever the case, we imagine the reimagining will grow on guitarists, and while the Vision has been launched in two colorways – Antique Cherry and Natural – it will be interesting to see if BMG expands the line with its existing color palette. A Hot Pink Vision would be a sight to behold.

Announcing the model on Instagram, the brand also revealed the Vision takes inspiration from two distinct models: a pre-1960 Les Paul double-cut, and Guild’s mid-1990s twin-pickup BM032 Standard.

BMG Vision

(Image credit: Brian May Guitars)

Aside from the pair of vintage-voiced chrome-covered humbuckers – which are wired to master volume and tone parameters, and a standard three-way switch – the Vision otherwise subscribes to the BMG DNA, offering a chambered mahogany body, bookmatched mahogany top, one-piece mahogany neck and Macassar ebony fretboard.

24 medium jumbo frets, a classic three-a-side headstock and half moon plate located beneath the chrome wraparound bridge can also be found on the spec sheet, alongside a 24” scale length and 9.8” fretboard radius.

The BMG Vision sets an interesting precedent for the future of the brand. Where will the brand go in its bid to appease a wider pool of players, who might not have previously flocked to the BMG shelves while hunting for their next guitar? All we’re saying is, don’t be surprised if a HSS Vision follows suit.

BMG Vision

(Image credit: Brian May Guitars)

The Vision has a price tag of £945 (approx $1,100).

Head over to Brian May Guitars for more information.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.