roger taylor guitars

Roger Taylor – backstage during Queen’s US tour, 1977. Photo by Michael Ochs

Roger have big collection of guitars. Sometimes used by him or band in the studio or used to play live and composing.

Schecter Guitar – used on Hot Space album in Calling All Girls by Roger and on The Cross era.

Stratocaster – I Wanna Testify, Drowse and much more.

Kramer – maybe used at Jazz album to record  Fun It and/or More of That Jazz.

Gretsch guitar – black.

1967 Fender Esquire Broadcaster

From “This guitar isn’t actually a 1954 Esquire, as has often been reported down the years. It’s owned by Queen drummer Roger Taylor, who tells us that he used it on the track Sheer Heart Attack himself, but the four bolt neck plate’s serial number dates the body to early 1967.”


Most famous appearance: Crazy Little Thing Called Love (The Game, 1979) – now used by Brian May- photo from 2011 by Kevin Nixon/Future PLC

Brian May: I never tried [recording Crazy Little Thing Called Love] with the Red Special. What happened was that we were sitting around talking about what we were going to do with the song and I said that Ithought it needed that period sound – the James Burton Tele sound.

“I said to [producer] Mack that my guitar was pretty good at making a sound like a Tele, but he just looked at me and said, If you want it to sound like a Telecaster, why don’t you just use a Telecaster?

“Roger just happened to have this lovely old thing lying around, so I picked it up, plugged it in, and it worked. The amp? I don’t think it was a Boogie… the honest truth is that I’d use whatever was lying around. I thought I’d used a Fender amp, actually, but I wouldn’t swear to it.


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  • Fender Stratocaster

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  • Ovation Elite twelve-string acoustic

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