Brian May shows a Red Special electric guitar in the world’s Pinkest Pink

The guitar will feature in an upcoming music video to benefit women’s cancer charities.

Brian May Red Special in The Pinkest Pink

Image: Yuval Hen via Brian May’s Instagram / Culturehustle

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Brian May has shown off an eye-catching variant of his signature Red Special electric guitar – sporting a finish of “the world’s pinkest pink”.

Over Instagram, May teased the guitar to be featured in the music video of an upcoming track. He said that the song – as well as the guitar – will be dedicated to benefit two women’s cancer organisations.

“The track is to be released for the benefit of two great women’s cancer charities,” May said. “Since the music is totally appropriate, I thought the guitar ought to be, too.”

“The release will raise money and I’m also hoping to auction this guitar to raise some extra funds. See you in October!”

The World’s Pinkest Pink is a powder paint developed by British artist Stuart Semple. Its origins can be traced back to a feud between Semple and British Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor.

Back in 2016, Kapoor purchased the exclusive rights to Vantablack, a pigment known at the time as the ‘blackest black in the world’. In retaliation, Semple developed his own pigments, which included the pinkest pink and several other Vantablack rivals. The pigments which Semple developed were made available for anyone to purchase – except Kapoor.

On Semple’s website, the Pinkest Pink was explained to create a powerful fluorescent effect when exposed to light. May took notice of the effect saying: “It has a strange effect on the video cameras – comes out burning hot but not quite how it looks in the room!”

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