Brian May and his father Harold started to hand-build an electric guitar in 1963. Brian dreamed of a guitar that would outperform the existing commercially made electric guitars; his father had the technical knowledge and skills to help make the dream come true. Brian played his guitar on every Queen album and in all of Queen's live shows around the world. In this book you will discover every aspect of the Red Special, from its birth to playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace, from Live Aid to the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. All accompanied by original diagrams, sketches and notes dating from the building of the guitar; rare and previously unseen photos of the Red Special, Brian and his father, and Queen; close-ups, and x-rays. The guitar has been fully dismantled and every piece photographed. Hardcover. 144 pp.