News

28th October 2021:

Coming soon: thanks to Luke Holwerda for reminding me that January 2022  will be the 25th Anniversary of my January 1997 treble boosters which were made for Brian May.

I am considering making a limited re-issue run of these ‘retro’ pedals to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, and hope to have more details soon.

In 1998 at his Allerton Hill studio, Brian used 2 of my JAN97 treble boosters to record his ‘Another World’ album with.

At the studio we modified one of the boosters to have a small 10K trimpot which acted as a hiss filter (photo below). Brian and I then experimented with this treble booster in his guitar room, with Brian playing through the treble booster and his AC30 set at full volume. I adjusted the trimpot as Brian played to find the setting that he thought sounded best. We used that resistance setting (5K6) in my Brian May/Fryer Treble Booster Touring pedals.

Circuit-wise, the Treble Booster Touring was identical to the JAN97 boosters.

The other (unmodified standard) JAN97 treble booster was featured in the Total Guitar magazine Christmas Edition 1998 on page 29. Here it sits on top of Brian’s purple Vox AC30 in the guitar room.

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Total Guitar Xmas 1998 Fryer JAN97 treble booster on purple AC30

Total Guitar magazine Christmas Edition 1998 page 29:

Total Guitar Xmas 1998 page 29

Photo by Mark Reynolds of JAN97 treble booster sitting on Deacy Amp (photo taken in July 1998)

Mark Reynolds photo July 1998 Allerton Hill Fryer 1997 Treble Booster on the Deacy Amp

JAN97 Fryer treble booster modified in 1998 with trimpot:

JAN97 treble booster with trimpot

Fryer JAN97 treble booster (photo courtesy of Luke Holwerda)

There was a 3rd JAN97 treble booster made which was experimental and featured a mini switch on the top. It had a 9V Adaptor socket fitted on the side of the box because Pete Malandrone was interested to find out if we could make a treble booster for Brian which did not need a 9V battery.

However Brian did not like the sound of this booster and it was not used for recording and only used for more of my experiments. The problem was that the larger value electrolytic capacitor required to smooth/filter the noise introduced into the audio circuit by the 9V Adaptor power supply also effected the audio sound of the guitar by making it darker and duller to the ‘feel’ of the guitar tone. Photo below

Fryer 1997 treble booster no 3 experimental model which had 9V Adaptor socket fitted

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28th October 2021:

The newly screenprinted Fryer Treble Booster Deluxe, Touring and Super  pedals are now available to order from my webshop.

The pedals feature fab new graphic designs – but same old great sounds and build quality!

Fryer Treble Booster Deluxe 2021:

http://fryerguitars.bigcartel.com/product/treble-booster-deluxe

Fryer Treble Booster Touring 2021:

http://fryerguitars.bigcartel.com/product/treble-booster-touring

Fryer Treble Booster Super 2021:

http://fryerguitars.bigcartel.com/product/treble-booster-super

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31st August 2021:

Little by little I am putting up on my website some of the international guitar magazine articles written about the work which I did for Brian May in the 1990s and 2000s. The first of these is the well known article from Guitarist July 1998 edition.

Please see: https://fryerguitars.com/guitar-magazine-articles/

And here below is this first one:

  

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28th August 2021:

Its covid lockdown-ville here in Sydney, and what better thing to do than to begin the process of sorting through and making digital copies of the great many photos that I took from 1996 to 2007 of Red Special making and repairing, BM pedal making, BM AC30 making, Deacy Amps, and WWRY productions amp and pedal making etc.

A small number of my photos have previously been scanned and published either on my website, in various guitar magazines, or in Brian May’s Red Special Book, but the vast majority have not yet been scanned.

The Red Special journey was quite an extraordinary one for me, one that I sacrificed absolutely everything for. Looking back from this distance of 2021, at times now I can hardly believe that the amazing journey actually happened.

There are over 600 photos to be scanned, here below is a brief sample of some from the top of the pile:

Greg’s workshop at Allerton Hill 1998

Red Special bridge shim and packing materials

BM microscope 5th fret dot inspection #1 (previously published on this website and in the Red Special book)

Deacy Amp recording from Another World sessions 1998 (previously published on this website and in the Red Special book)

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21st August 2021:

The talented Marco Giuseppe Di Marco has recently produced a 2021 version of his ‘Rig Rundown’ video in which he demonstrates his live Brian May rig. Marco shows the guitar/pedals/amps rig that he uses live with his band ‘Queen On Fire’. After a long absence due to the 2020 coronavirus lockdowns in Europe,  ‘Queen On Fire’ are now back playing live gigs in Italy.

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3rd May 2021:

Bob Wegner has kindly sent me an email which contains a very interesting photo of Brian May playing live onstage with Queen on 13th May 1978.

Bob explained: “One more for you, Greg – this is from a 1978 Japanese “Music Life” magazine, taken at Wembley Arena on the last night of the News of the World tour. Here he’s got an EBow in one hand and tremolo arm in the other, doing his impression of a 747 with the Echoplex delay off the top of his solo spot. First good shot I’ve seen of this.” Thanks again Bob!

I have also posted the photo on this page of my website:

https://fryerguitars.com/history-of-brian-mays-treble-boosters-and-pedalboard-used-with-queen-from-1970-to-around-1986/

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19th April 2021:

Yesterday I was going through some photos which had been put away for a while, and found a few from 1998 which I have been meaning for some time to have framed. In August 1998 as I was about to leave Brian May’s Allerton Hill studio and return to Australia, Brian very kindly signed several photos for me.

Bri signed the 2 photos below for myself, and signed the 3rd photo down for my Mum and Dad. Where has the last 23 years gone for heavens sake? Yes its about time they were framed….. some very nice memories.

PS: the photo was taken by Babz B. Photobabe at the Joe Satriani/ G3 concert at Wembley in July 1998 where Brian made a guest appearance and played my Red Special replica guitar ‘George Burns’.

Brian May and George Burns at G3 Wembley July 1998

Brian May and George Burns at G3 Wembley July 1998

Brian May and George Burns at G3 Wembley July 1998

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18th April 2021:

Bob Wegner from Canada has kindly sent me this photo from the ‘Live Killers’ Queen tour  of 1979 which shows Freddie Mercury and Brian May onstage. It shows a good side view of Brian’s live pedalboard at the time.

The picture is dated and credited: “17th January 1979 Hamburg by Werner Baum”. (Please click on image to enlarge)

Lead singer Freddie Mercury (front) in action, to his right guitarist Brian May. The successful British band “Queen” started their tour across Germany in Hamburg on the 17th of January in 1979, which led them through further eleven cities. | usage worldwide (Photo by Werner Baum/picture alliance via Getty Images)

 

4th June 2020:

Origins of Brian May’s Legendary Deacy Amp update:

I have updated details regarding the origins and background of the Deacy Amp. Articles and photos have been very kindly provided by Peter Goodridge, son of Supersonic PR80 designer Bob Goodridge; and by Manuel Angelini the world expert on the Supersonic factory and the PR80 radio which spawned the Legendary Deacy Amp’s audio circuit.

I have also posted up some of my Deacy Amp photos taken in 1998 during my time at Brian May’s Allerton Hill studio.

Please see my webpage: https://fryerguitars.wordpress.com/deacy-amp/

Photo from Manuel Angelini:

Bob Goodridge and Dave Sharpe: Supersonic development laboratory

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3rd May 2020:

Over the last couple of years I have conducted several experiments with French guitar maker Mickael Dansan of Dansan Guitars to produce a new variation of my Treble Booster Super pedal.  This is a product which Mickael is now selling from his website: https://dansanguitars.com/

During 2018 and 2019 Mickael and I tried different voicings of the Fryer Treble Booster Super circuit, and settled on a version which Mickael felt very closely resembles the sound of Brian May’s well known BC149 treble booster from the mid 1970s. Unlike using vintage pedal components, this design can be reproduced commercially using RoHS compliant components.

Treble Boost Dansan pedals 2020

Marco Giuseppe Di Marco has kindly produced this video for Mickael which demonstrates the booster:

Product description:

“Treble Boost Dansan”:

Produces a rich powerful sound with good harmonic detail and excellent treble definition.

* 33.5 dB gain

* Balanced definition & detail with punchy mid range

* Sparkling rhythm sounds with guitar volume control rolled back

* Designed to emulate the Brian May BC149 transistor treble booster sound of the mid 1970s

* Powered by a 9V battery with extremely long battery life, current consumption < 508ma

Please contact Mickael by email if you are interested in any of these little gems, his email address is: contact@dansanguitars.com

Cheers, Greg

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17th February 2020:

A big weekend of music has just passed here in Australia!

On Saturday night 15th February 2020 I attended the ‘Queen + Adam Lambert’ concert in Sydney at ANZ Stadium. A severe storm swept though Sydney half an hour before showtime and the concert organisers wisely delayed the concert start by approx 3/4 hour. My sister Penny and I got drenched with rain standing outside waiting to get into the venue, but fortunately for everyone the rain cleared just before kick-off and what followed was a stunningly impressive performance from Brian May, Roger Taylor, Adam Lambert and the band. It was an awesome show!

And what was personally awesome for me was seeing Brian May play my guitar ‘George Burns’ on the Queen hit Fat Bottomed Girls. I made this guitar for Brian back in 1996-97 and used some strikingly beautiful New Guinea Rosewood for the neck and body, and used the rare Brazilian Rosewood for the fingerboard. Photo is by Brian Reynolds – thanks! Cheers, Greg Fryer

Brian May playing ‘George Burns’ at ANZ Stadium Sydney 15th Feb 2020

On Sunday 16th February 2020 ‘Queen + Adam Lambert’ headlined the Fire Fight Australia Bushfire Benefit Concert which was held at the same venue ANZ Stadium.

John Farnham closed the Fire Fight benefit concert with “You’re The Voice” which featured an allstar cast including Brian May who played my dear old guitar ‘George Burns’. Thanks Brian!

Brian and George Burns with John Farnham closing the show at Fire Fight Australia 16 Feb 2020

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2nd May 2019:

For powering any of the Fryer effect pedals which require a 9V Adaptor unit I recommend the following Voodoo Lab Pedal Power products. They have models to suit all budgets and requirements:

http://www.voodoolab.com/pedalpower_iso-5.htm

http://www.voodoolab.com/pedalpower_2.htm

http://www.voodoolab.com/pedalpower_ac.htm

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29th November 2018:

Marco Giuseppe Di Marco has kindly produced this comprehensive review of the new Treble Booster Special pedal. The review also features a comparison of my 2018 and 2008 versions of the Treble Booster Deluxe pedal.

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18th October 2018:

Last week I listened again to these great soundfiles from 2014 and 2008. The soundfiles were done by Peter Michalowski and Frank Rohles, in which they kindly recorded short demos of my pedals.

Peter’s soundfiles are from 2014 and include band rehearsals, in these Peter demos my Treble Booster Super.

Clean chordal and picking through to more distorted and TYMD:

Brighton Rock Delays:

Hammer To Fall from rehearsal:

Frank’s soundfiles are from 2008 and demo my Brian May/Fryer Treble Booster Touring, Brian May/Fryer Treble Booster Deluxe, Brian May/Fryer Treble Booster Plus, and prototype 2008 Treble Booster Special pedals.

Treble Booster Special 2008:

BM/Fryer Treble Booster Touring 2008:

BM/Fryer Treble Booster Deluxe 2008:

BM/Fryer Treble Booster Plus:

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30th August 2018:

Danny Rodd has very kindly produced 3 short video clips comparing 3 of the new 2018 Fryer Treble Boosters: TB Touring, TB Deluxe and TB Super

Danny is playing an Esteban Anderson Red Special guitar and using the Fryer Treble Boosters through a Vox Pathfinder 15W amp

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29th August 2018:

A special discounted price of $AUD199.00 each is being offered until the end of November 2018 on the new 2018 Treble Booster Super and 2018 Treble Booster Deluxe (featuring the improved 2014 circuit and TB Super transistor), both handmade by Greg Fryer.

Both pedals are available in pre-production form (TB Super is blaze blue colour, TB Deluxe is purple colour) until the end of November 2018 when the screen printed 2018 versions of both pedals will be available. The pedals can be powered either by 9V battery or 9V Adaptor.

Both pre-production pedals are available at the special discounted price of $AUD199.00 each plus shipping whilst stocks last.

Shipping to countries outside Australia by International Airmail costs $AUD55.00 and shipping within Australia by Express Post costs $AUD22.00

Please order through the Fryer Guitars webshop or contact me directly at fryerguitars@hotmail.com

To order TB Super: http://shop.fryerguitars.com/product/treble-booster-super

To order TB Deluxe: http://shop.fryerguitars.com/product/treble-booster-deluxe

From http://www.xe.com currency exchange comparison of 29 August 2018:

$AUD199.00 is approx equal to: $USD146.00  £GBP114.00  €125.00  ¥16,257.00

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14th August 2018:

Coming soon in mid September 2018, the new 2018 version Treble Booster Deluxe and Treble Booster Super pedals handmade by Greg Fryer in Sydney Australia.

TB Deluxe is being made in Purple colour and is made to Greg Fryer’s improved 2014 Treble Booster Deluxe circuit which features the same harmonically rich sounding transistor used in the Treble Booster Super and Treble Booster Special pedals.

The TB Super 2018 is being made in Blaze Blue colour. The TB Super 2018 circuit and transistor is exactly the same as Greg’s handmade TB Supers made from 2014 onwards in the bare aluminium enclosure.

Because many guitarists have asked for the option of a 9V Adaptor socket as well as 9V battery, the TB Deluxe 2018 and TB Super 2018 will feature both a 9V Adaptor socket and a side mounted 9V Bulgin battery box.

Price of both pedals is $AUD250.00 each plus shipping and they will be available to order  from the Fryer Guitars webshop. Shipping to countries outside of Australia by International Airmail costs $AUD55.00 and shipping inside Australia by Express Post costs $AUD22.00

http://www.xe.com currency comparison from 14 August 2018:

$AUD250.00 =  $USD181.50   £GBP142.00   €160.00   ¥20,146

Pictured below is a prototype version of the TB Deluxe 2018. More photos soon in purple colour.

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9th August 2018:

Photos from Jeroen Lips of the Netherlands of his Red Special rig with new pedals Treble Booster Special and Electrolead Tri-Splitter. Report and comments to come. For more gear pics and pics from a recent live outdoor concert please see: https://fryerguitars.wordpress.com/treble-booster-special-testimonials-soundfiles-and-pics/

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17th June 2018: review of the 2018 Fryer Treble Booster Touring pedal by Marco Giuseppe Di Marco

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10th June 2018:

Thanks to Sebastien Merlin for sending me about this photo from the ‘Party At The Palace’ held in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. In the photo my Red Special guitar ‘John’ which was made in 1996-97 for Brian May, sits just behind Paul. Brian joined Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker and many other well known singers and musicians onstage at this historical event.

Youtube video of the great Beatles song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ from ‘Party At The Palace’ from which the screenshot above was taken at approx 46 seconds in:

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23rd May 2018:

Now available for the first time since 2008 handmade by Greg Fryer, the Treble Booster Touring.

The 2018 Treble Booster Touring pedal is handmade to exactly the same circuit and sound as my Treble Booster Touring pedals and strap mount boosters made for Brian May and for general sale since 2001.

To order please see Fryer Guitars Webshop: http://shop.fryerguitars.com/

or email Greg Fryer at fryerguitars@hotmail.com

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28th February 2018:

A blast from the past: just found these photos from June 2007 of the beginnings of the Brian May Super guitar. Barry Moorhouse and Kazutaka Ijuin very kindly visited my workshop and held discussions over a couple of days to get the ball rolling with the ‘Brian May Super’ Red Special guitar project.

More details about the guitar here: https://fryerguitars.wordpress.com/bm-super/

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22nd February 2018:

Queen + Adam Lambert played Sydney again. What a show and what great playing and singing. Nice to see Brian playing ‘John’ and ‘George Burns’ out on stage again.

For pics please see https://fryerguitars.wordpress.com/queen-adam-lambert-2018-tour/

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1st November 2016:

Pics from the two guitarists in the ‘We Will Rock You’ Australia production James Barber and Simon Croft:

James Barber and WWRY Australia guitar rig

James Barber and WWRY Australia guitar rig pedalboard and Vox AC10 ‘feedback amp’

Simon Croft and WWRY Australia guitar rig

Simon Croft and WWRY Australia guitar rig amps

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2nd September 2014:

Brian's 'Treble Booster Super'

Brian’s ‘Treble Booster Super’

The ‘Treble Booster Super’ pedal above was specially made for Brian May and was given to him monday night 25th August in Sydney. We visited Brian and chatted for over an hour at his hotel in Circular Quay near the harbour bridge. It was great to catch up again and although the Q+AL tour has been gruelling and tiring Brian was his usual friendly and welcoming self, one of nature’s real gentlemen.

I showed Brian the new pedals that I had developed and also the drawings for a new guitar design of mine.

The TB Super is probably the best treble booster that I have made for playing through an AC30, same good olde Brian May treble booster circuit with a few tweaks here and there to suit a new transistor, and is using a transistor that I found a couple of years ago and immediately loved the sound of how it worked in the BM circuit. The transistor gives similar strength of output to the BC239C used in my TB Deluxe and TB Plus pedals, but delivers a nicer harmonic makeup and more richness of sound than the 239C. When Brian is back home after the tour we will be chatting more about this pedal and I will explore soon what the possibilities are for both handmaking and factory making this model.

Couldn’t resist taking this snap below of the harbour bridge lights at midnight after we left Bri’s hotel, it seemed so perfect, and I was chuffed to see the following day on http://www.brianmay.com that Bri had taken a similar shot on the sunday morning. That coathanger always makes a good photo

25th Aug 2014 circular quay and harbour bridge at midnight

25th Aug 2014: mystery blonde, circular quay and harbour bridge at midnight