Angus Young’s Signature Gibson SG

Australian guitarist, Angus Young was a cofounder, along with his brother Malcolm, of the iconic rock band AC/DC. He was admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, along with his band-mates. He grew up in a family of eight children and began playing stringed instruments with his siblings when he was just a boy.

For a few years, Angus played banjos that he restrung with six strings. When he was a young teenager, his mother got him a used acoustic guitar from a second hand shop, and it wasn’t long until he invested in a second hand Gibson SG.

Angus has said that he loved that guitar. He played it until it warped from overuse and had to be retired. Throughout his career, Young was usually seen playing an SG in one form or another. For a while, he played a custom guitar made by Jaydee with signature lightning bolt inlays on the fretboard. Gibson soon created a custom SG for him complete with lightning bolts to replace the Jaydee model.

His most-played SG started out life as a standard 1968 model. Young removed its vibrato lyre tailpiece and replaced it with a fixed stud, thin-necked tailpiece. He also installed a tightly wound PAF-style humbucker with an Alnico V magnet in the bridge position. The result has been a guitar that Young has consistently chosen to play through the years and still uses today. He uses .010-.048 gauge strings and an extra heavy pick to help him produce the rockin’ solos with a bluesy touch that Angus is so famous for. “Thunderstruck” and “You Shook Me All Night Long” are just two of the solos that feature Young and his modified SG.

Young’s Signature Gibson SG that is on the market today, is the result of a collaborative effort between the Gibson techs and Young himself. SGs have been part of the Gibson line since 1961, and the Young model features the same slim body and neck made of mahogany that the original sported. The signature SG has a special pickup in the bridge position. Angus designed it himself and recommended that it be used in conjunction with a ’57 humbucker in the neck. The tremolo bar bears Young’s name rather than the Gibson logo.

The Gibson USA Angus Young SG replica retains the look, sound, and feel of the classic SG. It also includes several features designed to reproduce many of the qualities of Young’s own ’68 that was a stellar example of the model. The resonance of its light mahogany body is excellent and the ebony fretboard with lightning bolts give a unique appearance to the instrument that clearly says, “Rock and Roll.”

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