Brian May’s Gibson Chet Atkins CE

Brian used this guitar live with the Queen for the song Is This The World We Created?, from the band’s twelfth studio album The Works released in 1984.

I used that live for [Is This The World We Created?] and I have a feeling that’s the guitar on the record too, but I wouldn’t swear to it. 

Brian May on 9 Queen guitars that aren’t his Red Special
Brian playing his Gibson Chet Atkins CE Classical guitar, Budapest 1986
Brian playing his Gibson Chet Atkins CE Classical guitar, Budapest 1986

Please note that in the statement above, Brian originally said that he used the guitar on the song Who Wants To Live Forever. However, since there’s no classical guitar in that song, and since there’s actual footage of him using the guitar on Is This The World We Created? it’s more likely that Brian simply was either misquoted or listed the wrong song.


The Gibson Chet Atkins CE is a model produced by Gibson between 1981 and 1995. It’s a single cutaway classical guitar, featuring built-in electronics – the exact model depends on a year of manufacture.

The guitar features a Spruce top, mahogany back/sides/neck, and a rosewood fretboard.


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The Real Slick Rick
The Real Slick Rick
8 months ago

Steve Howe of the band Yes played this guitar on the Queen song Innuendo.