In the world of Brian May Red Special Replicas, there are two that stand alone as the most finely crafted and most accurate examples of Brians original guitar. Those are K’s Red Special made by master craftsman Kazutaka Ijuin in Japan, and the one made by Andrew Guyton in England….
Here is a beautiful example of a K Red Special.
The KZ Guitar Works Red Special Pro in Mint Conditionis for those who would like to have an ultimate Red Special style guitar. The tremolo and roller bridge assemblies are high quality custom built replica parts. With Mahogany Neck & Body made of oak center block and block board, along with Updated Burns Tri-Sonic Pickups ( Original Pickups Included - See Photos) ; this guitar is a great example of Brian May's original Red Special. This guitar was made especially for renowned Los Angeles based Guitarist/Songwriter/Producer Oliver Leiber.
Owner REVIEW from a Queen Tribute Band Guitarist in Sweden:
"I have been playing in a Queen tribute band for some years now here in Sweden. First I bought the Guild BHM Pro and then some Burns BHM´s. I liked the Guild but always thought something was missing. Like sustain and the balance in sound. After I got in contact with Mark Reynolds, who became one of my best friends, he recommended me the K´Z Red Special Replica. After saving some money and also having played Mark´s homemade I decided to go for it. "
The Arrival: Let me first start with the case: It really is something extra. It's custom built for the Red Special. Amazing. It really looks better in real life than shown on the pictures. .There are some tools included like a special screwdriver that you adjust the tremolo system with.
First Impression: Opening the case was really like I was a child again. There it was. Beautiful red with a slight tone of brown. Like so many of the pictures we seen on Brian's Ol' lady. I just looked at it for several minutes and just admired the finish and was amazed about the work on this ultimate instrument. Every detail is amazingly well done. I don't think you can find a Les Paul from Custom Shop with a better finish. Gently I took it out of it's case and was a little surprised over the weight. I thought it should be a lot heavier.
Holding it for the first time: Gently I started to riff a little unplugged. I was surprised over the sustain and also the extremely well balanced tone from each string. The neck was a little bit confusing in the beginning but after some time I got used to it pretty well. If a guitar have this fat neck you might think that it's not that well balanced. Wrong. Perfect balance. Trying the tremolo was a great experience too. It's very smooth and goes back to perfect pitch after a dive bomb 1 octave. The strings looks like spaghetti but goes back to perfect pitch. I was amazed again.
Plugging it in for the first time: I have this little Vox Pathfinder and Vox BM1 at home that I use as practice amps and it was now time to get amazed again. Now you really could hear the sustain and compared to my Guild I would say it's at least twice as long with no feedback coming from amp. I also found out that the pickups were perfectly adjusted. Out of phase really screams. That sound was always a problem with my Guild. I also discovered that I didn't have to hit the strings that hard like I did on my Guild. Once again the balance between all strings is perfect. The tremolo also gave me the greatest pleasure. Absolutely perfect. Volume and tone pots works great. The switches are mounted on an under plate and I have a perfect grip of them and they move smooth. Rolling back the volume gives a perfect clean crispy sound without losing any treble. At around 50% or slightly below, a perfect rhythm distortion comes. A very tight and sweet sound.
Plugging it in to my Vox AC30TBX and Vavetronix: Here comes the really fun part. I was totally blown away with the sound. Once again, a very balanced sound. Rolling back the volume gives a perfect clean crispy sound. Around 40% this perfect rhythm distortion. At full volume I had a lead sound that I could kill for before. Sustain is AMAZING. No microphonic feedback like on my Guild. Out of phase was really what I have missed all the time. Lots of sustain. All pickup configurations works perfect. Just neck pickup gives you this perfect sound like in Brighton Rock solo part. Middle and Bridge this warm sweet sound we all love so much. Also the guys in my band were surprised about the sound.
Gigging with it: Had the pleasure to do the first gig with it some days ago with our tribute band. Here the sound was even more convincing. I played through my AC30TBX and Valvetronix. Also used a Cornish treble booster. Sound was again amazing. I never had any problem with tuning stability. It actually stayed in tune the whole gig. I really trust this instrument 100%. I can't say I do that with my Guild. The sound cuts through the mix. The sound is soo sweet and I also must say that I now felt 100% comfortable with the fatter neck. I thought it would take more than 4-5 days.
Final: There is nothing on this guitar I can complain about. I have compared it a lot with my Guild. I have the Tri-Sonic V's on that too and I have set the pickups to sound the best but it's not close to the K´z. It really is an amazing instrument.