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It's the Red Special. What more can you say?
Anyone who is a fan of Rock & Roll knows the band Queen and instantly recognizes Brian May with his trademark curly hair and iconic Red Special guitar.
The book does both justice. Brian weaves his life story, his years with Queen, and his desire to build the perfect guitar, around the technical description of how the Red Special was assembled from bits of pieces that he and his father found around their home.
From cover to cover, the book is full of photos of the Red Special -- whole, in pieces, and in various stages of assembly -- along with hand written notes, pencil diagrams and handmade tools that helped to assemble the guitar.
And, of course, once the guitar had been completed and placed into service, there are the many photos and stories of the Red Special in use with Smile, Queen, Brian's solo work, and Queen in its present day rendition with Adam Lambert.
(It's even made an appearance in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Or, rather, several copies have.)
If you like guitars, guitar history, or just want to see how the most-famous guitar in the world came to be, read this book. (I have...quite a few times. And each time, I find something new.)