Welcome

Welcome to my website and I hope that you find it interesting, fun and informative. New information and photos are being added regularly to the site plus information about the products developed in 2014-2015 such as the Treble Booster Super, Treble Booster Deluxe 2014 and the Mayday overdrive/distortion pedal.

Please take a look at the new ‘We Will Rock You Australia Guitar Rig’ page with info and photos kindly supplied by WWRY guitarist James Barber:

https://fryerguitars.wordpress.com/wwry-australia-guitar-rig-2016/

To order Fryer products please visit our webshop: http://shop.fryerguitars.com/ or email Greg Fryer at fryerguitars@hotmail.com or enquiries@fryerguitars.com

9th Feb 2016: Treble Booster Special, Treble Booster Super, and Mayday overdrive pedals are now available through our webshop.

Treble Booster Special 2016 #111th Jan 2016 TB Super #3Mayday #11

Please also take a look at the new ‘Romney Godden’ page, a tribute to the legendary guitar maker and repairer who was the grand master in Sydney in the 1970s and 1980s. Romney first gave me a job in early 1980 as guitar repairer/anything goes, and I owe a great deal to this generous talented and extraordinarily funny man, a truly beautiful and humble person.

Romney was skilled in electrical work, electronics and guitar making/repairing, could literally build or repair anything and in the late 1970s invented most of the guitar making methods that I have carried on since then.

During 2013 sadly Romney became seriously ill and on 23rd Nov 2013 threw a ‘farewell party and gig’ to celebrate his life and to say goodbye to the many people from the many areas that he was passionately involved in.

A webpage marking Romney Godden’s prominence in the Australian guitar scene is long overdue and hopefully this will give people insight into the remarkable man that Romney was.

This website site also features info and pics about the guitars amps and pedals that I have custom handmade over the years as well as the ‘production model’ Brian May Fryer guitar effect pedals made in the UK from 2008-2014, the Brian May Deacy Amp developed from 2003-2011, and also the fabulous Brian May ‘Super’ Red Special guitar developed in 2008 with Kazutaka Ijuin from Japan plus newer things in 2014 and 2015.

Making music and having a passionate interest in musical equipment are the reasons why I began my journey in tinkering with guitar, amp and pedal making in the late 1970s.  I hope that people who love guitars and guitar equipment will enjoy this website.

Hooroo,

Greg Fryer

Fryer Guitars Australia

Brian May at WWRY Opening Sydney Oct 2004

Brian May at the WWRY Sydney Premiere After Show Party 9th October 2004. Brian is playing the Greg Fryer Red Special guitar ‘Paul’.

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Copyright:

© All Rights Reserved 2014 Greg Fryer

Please don’t use stuff from this website without permission, I am very happy to give permission but please ask first. And if you decide to ignore this and take stuff anyway please give a credit and a link to: https://fryerguitars.wordpress.com/ thank you.

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Oliver Leiber from Ollywood Studios USA testimonial

Well known Hollywood Hills record producer Oliver Leiber has been using several of Greg Fryer’s handmade Brian May effect pedals as well as a custom Greg Fryer handmade AC30 amplifier for several years now and has updated us about his equipment and also about what Red Special guitars Oliver has been using for his recording work.

” Hey Greg, I’ve been enjoying recording with your amp and pedals for years now! I can’t tell you how much great use I get from them!!! I’d like to buy a Deacy Amp soon so please let me know when they’re out.

OK the gear that I use: in the studio my “go to” treble booster is my early issue maroon BM treble booster that you handmade for me in 2001. Its not the Plus Deluxe or Touring which I also use but your original handmade one. If I am looking for a “bit more” for a specific kind of lead tone, I will switch out to the Treble Booster Plus sometimes which definitely pushes the amp more and makes the sound more saturated which works nicely for single line stuff….

I have the Touring booster on one of my pedal boards which I bring in and out using a loop switcher….its also a great sounding pedal!

If I find myself in a recording situation where I don’t have a great AC30 handy and I’m staring at a Fender Twin or something super clean sounding with nothing but clean headroom, I’ll bust out the Fryer Mayhem pedal which gets me pretty close to where I like to be in that world!

As for the Fryer AC30 that you built for me, I really love both channels!! When I’m going for the Brian May thing its all about your Normal channel throttled with the treble booster in front….stick a Shure 57 and a Beyerdynamic M160 on one speaker and I’m off!!!

As far as BM guitars, well I am using BOTH a Guyton and a Kz Pro Red Special. They are both excellent guitars with incredible attention to detail and finish. At that level of quality building I would say it comes down to “different” rather than “better” in comparing the two. By virtue of the fact that they are different pieces of wood with different pickups, each has a setting or two where it seems to really shine and “speak” the best. Admittedly it is a great luxury to have both to choose from at any given time, and I would be truly happy just owning either one! Nuf said about the guitars….

Cheers,

Oliver”

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Ollywood Studios logo

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RoHS Compliance Statement

RoHS Compliance: All Fryer electronic products are manufactured in compliance with RoHS standards.

For more info please see: http://www.rohs.gov.uk/

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Custom transformers from Greg Fryer’s handmade Brian May and WWRY AC30s

Background info about the ‘We Will Rock You’ theatrical production AC30s: the London WWRY production has been successfully using Dave Petersen’s custom made amps since 2002, whilst the productions in Australia, Japan, Sth Africa, Sth East Asia, Canada, USA, Germany, Zurich and Austria have used Greg Fryer’s handmade amps.

The Petersen and Fryer amps share several similarities but also have other differences in concept and circuit, and have been developed independently of one another. Both amps use Dave Petersen’s idea (borrowed from the early AC15) of having the whole HT B+ supply filtered by the choke, although Greg and Dave have pursued different ways of approaching the running of the EL84 power valves and are using different voicings and drive levels for their preamps. Both amps also use different methods of safety cutout for when the EL84s become overstressed.

Greg felt it important when he was developing his amps in 2003-4 to also develop high quality handmade mains, choke and output transformers for the WWRY amps and the later Brian May AC30s in 2005. This was because of the reliability and quality problems that had been experienced with the mass produced UK Drake and Dagnall transformers from the 1994-2004 Vox AC30 TBX series.

After many thousands of hours being played loud in the WWRY productions around the world and with Brian May on stage during the Queen + Paul Rodgers 2008 World Tour, these special handmade transformers have proved to be very reliable and also very good sounding. The transformers have been developed in Australia with the valuable assistance of several experienced amplifier and transformer specialists from Sydney and Melbourne, and are made in similar ways to the great old Vox transformers of the 1960s and 70s.

Particular attention was devoted to the development of the output transformer so that it produces the right tonal and distortion characteristics, with several variations being trialled and assessed by Greg Fryer during 2003-04.

(9th November 2009: please note that our custom transformers are no longer available for sale. We recommend that you consult your amp tech about suitable replacements if needed or contact Mercury Magnetics in USA, Heyboer dealers in USA, or Dave Petersen/Shere Sound in UK)

Please also see the vintage amps forum at http://vintageamps.com/plexiboard/ for an excellent source of Vox and other amp info.

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Photos of Greg Fryer’s Brian May and WWRY amps:

 

Brian May AC30s Queen + Paul Rodgers 2008 World Tour

Photo credit: Amanda Thomas

 

WWRY Zurich AC30s Sept 2006
WWRY Zurich AC30s Sept 2006

 

WWRY Las Vegas AC30 head 2004


 

WWRY Las Vegas AC30s 2004

WWRY Cologne 2005

Photo credit: Frank Rohles

WWRY Tokyo AC30s 2006

Photo credit: James Barber

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WWRY Sydney Premiere and After Show Party Oct 2004

Photos from the “We Will Rock You” Sydney Premiere Oct 2004

WWRY Sydney Brian's rig Oct 2004

WWRY Sydney Brian's rig Oct 2004

Brian’s 2 Fryer Ac30s and spare guitar (Kz Pro) for his appearance on stage with the cast of WWRY Sydney

WWRY Sydney After Show Party 2004

WWRY Sydney After Show Party 2004

WWRY Sydney 2004 BM

WWRY Sydney 2004 BM

WWRY Sydney Guitar Wars 1

WWRY Sydney Guitar Wars 1

Brian May, Roger Taylor and the WWRY show band played a set of songs from Queen Led Zeppelin Jimi Hendrix and others, and were joined on stage by Amanda Harrison and members of the Sydney WWRY cast.

Brian played the Greg Fryer Red Special guitar “Paul” and used a Kz Pro as a backup guitar. Our thanks to Kazutaka Ijuin for the lend of his Kz Pro #008

And yes, Greg got to play guitar roadie for the night and shot these pics…

WWRY Sydney Guitar Wars 2

WWRY Sydney Guitar Wars 2

WWRY Sydney James Barber and Kz Pro in foreground

WWRY Sydney James Barber and Kz Pro in foreground

WWRY Sydney James Barber and Kz Pro in foreground #2

WWRY Sydney James Barber and Kz Pro in foreground #2

WWRY Sydney #5

WWRY Sydney Roger and Brian #1

WWRY Sydney Roger and Brian #2

WWRY Sydney Roger and Brian #2

WWRY Sydney #7

WWRY Sydney #7

WWRY Sydney #8

WWRY Sydney #8

End of Tie Your Mother Down: ….”all your love toniiiiiight”…..

WWRY Sydney BM "Little Wing"

WWRY Sydney BM "Little Wing"

Brian sings Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”

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Testimonial 2

Dear Brian,
I bought one of Greg Fryer’s hand-built Treble Booster Deluxe pedals from your old friend Scott Van Dusen at Sphere Sound in Rochester, NY. WOW! It’s absolutely amazing. It has truly brought my guitar playing back to life. The pedal’s tone is so hot it melted my amplifier!

Best wishes from the US.

Marc Lacatell
Newton, MA USA

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Testimonial

Dear Greg Fryer,

I am writing to you for a very simple and truly honest reason.  I purchased one of your factory made Brian May Treble Booster Plus from A Strings shop in London a few days ago, where I am a student of politics and international relations at Royal Holloway Univ of London.  All I want to say is the biggest greatest Thank You for the creation of this pedal.  Up until now I thought that there were no exciting guitar sound equipment in the world.  In this world of digital technology one may feel completely alienated to the real purpose and feel of sound. I was almost becoming ‘sick’ and lost of all those technologies out there, which sounded very very unnatural. With your booster I can finally say I have found the RIGHT thing that my guitar needed.  Before, my guitar had a ‘pretty look’, but never had a ‘pretty voice’ (well at least not as pretty!). Your treble booster brought the pretty (beautiful!) voice to my Gibson SG Standard, and even made her truly sing and live!

I really want to say how great that people like you exist in this world.  If not for people like you, music would end up completely artificial, pretentious, ‘unsoulful’, and pretty much dead. Please, never ever let your sound legacy vanish, because next generations of musicians truly need the right tone. You are the right person that can do it. Thank you for that!

Sincerely,

Refat (Ray) Shakirzhanov (21) from Almaty, Kazakhstan

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