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Queen Guitarist and Astrophysicist Brian May is one of the most melodic and fluid players in rock, his sound is instantly recognizable and his musical taste is erudite and impeccable. His set-up is as individual as it is unusual, using an old British six-penny coin as a pick to play his self-made "Red Special" guitar into twelve Vox AC30 amps running at full throttle. The multi-layered lead lines on Queen's classic hit records betray a deep knowledge and sense of dynamics, harmony, counterpoint and above all intonation.

From the early 1970s, Brian has used Peterson tuners consistently, from a 1960s Peterson 400 strobe tuner, a 1970s 420, a 1980s 450, right up to VS series tuners in the 2000s. For 1985's Live Aid concert, bands were restricted to only absolutely essential equipment on stage due to the stringent and hectic running order, Brian's rig that day consisted of his guitar, a couple of Vox amps and his trusty Peterson 450.

Currently a StroboPLUS HD sits on the mountain of Vox amps and a StroboClip for 6 & 12 string acoustic work. Brian's ears and eyes are constantly monitoring tuning because at such gain levels precise tuning is paramount and it's at times like these that only a Peterson will do.

Model 450

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Model 420

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Model 520

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Model 400

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