VOX has announced two new mini-amps developed in collaboration with legendary Queen guitarist Sir Brian May. Making his iconic tone accessible to all, the Brian May Signature Series products were designed as a nod to May’s classic custom-constructed red-and-black “Red Special” guitar.

The series includes the amPlug Brian May guitar headphone amplifier and the MV50 Brian May miniature 50W amplifier head, along with two Limited Edition bundles that pair each of these products with a matching cabinet and other accessories (specifically, a collectible keychain and postcards).

Brian May is a legend of the highest order: his volumes of work with rock institution Queen produced some of the most beloved anthems of all time, while May’s guitar sound itself provides an instantly recognizable boost to whatever he plays. May’s musical style manages to be fluid and rock-solid at the same time, and his legions of devotees have spent years pining for the chance to accurately emulate his trademark riffs.

May remarks, “I want people to be able to get the sounds you make in a stadium show into your living room, and these products achieve that. I hope that people find them inspiring.”

amPlug Brian May guitar headphone amplifier

Taking its form factor from the VOX amPlug series of palm-sized, battery powered, headphone guitar amplifiers, the amPlug Brian May guitar headphone amplifier provides users with the legendary guitarist’s classic tone anytime, anywhere – through any set of standard headphones. Designed to recreate the unique sound of the signal chain of May’s “Red Special” guitar and cranked AC30, this special edition of the amPlug will thrill guitarists and Queen fans everywhere.

VOX BrianMay amPlug closeup

With the amPlug’s AC30 + Treble Booster setting, and three onboard May-inspired effects (“Brighton Rock” delay, phaser and chorus), the amPlug Brian May is literally “the Brian May tone in the palm of your hand.” But the amPlug Brian May goes further than merely delivering on tone. Featuring a range of backing rhythms, including the “We Will Rock You” stomps and claps, users can jam along to classic tracks in their headphones.

MV50 Brian May miniature amplifier head

Based on the form factor and circuitry of VOX’s MV50 miniature heads, and powered by VOX’s Nutube technology – a revolutionary new vacuum tube that produces authentic tube tone at a fraction of the size and power – the MV50 Brian May adds a KAT (Knight Audio Technologies) treble booster, which can be toggled on or off, allowing guitarists to dial in Brian May’s instantly recognizable tone. Like the amPlug Brian May, the MV50 Brian May is available individually, or as a Limited Edition set with a matching 1×8” speaker cab.

VOX BrianMay MV50

With a 50w output at 4ohms, the MV50 packs a large punch despite its small size, making it just as suited for gigging and rehearsal as for practicing at home. And with speaker emulation in the headphone/line out, the MV50 Brian May can be recorded without needing to mic up a cab.
When matched with its cabinet, “It’s perfect for any smaller show, and if you want to put a mic in front of it, it’ll do for your big gigs as well. I wouldn’t mind going on some future stadium gig and seeing how this shapes up,” said Brian May.

The amPlug Brian May is available individually or as a Limited Edition set with a matching miniature speaker cabinet, with the following U.S. MAP pricing:

  • amPlug Brian May guitar headphone amplifier: $59.99 USD.
  • MV50 Brian May miniature amplifier head: $249.99 USD.
  • amPlug Brian May collector’s bundle Set (including matching cabinet and accessories): $149.99 USD.
  • MV50 Brian May collector’s bundle Set (including matching cabinet and accessories): $399.99 USD.

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