Angus Young

“I just go when the guitar takes me” Angus Young

The Man in Short Pants, Angus Young is a guitarist and songwriter who has been the lead guitarist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from it’s start in 1973. Young is known for his hard-edge style lead (and his signature vibrato), wild stage energy, and most importantly, that sexy schoolboy clothing. He was ranked 96th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

He admitted to not knowing the names of chords; and only upon joining AC/DC did he develop any sense whatsoever of chord names and descriptions

Angus and Malcom Young

Angus and Malcom Young

“I saw Deep Purple live once and I paid money for it and I thought, ‘Geez, this is ridiculous.’ You just see through all that sort of stuff. I never liked those Deep Purples or those sort of things. I always hated it. I always thought it was a poor man’s Led Zeppelin.”

“Soloing was pretty easy for me because it was probably the first thing I’ve ever done,” discloses Young. “I just used to make up leads. I never even knew any names of chords until Malcolm told me and then I picked it up from there.”

Guitars

Angus mainly plays Gibson SG guitars. He has some signature models made by Gibson including the ebony Angus young SG and the Custom SG VOS. Another guitars

Gibson Angus Young SG VOS

Gibson Angus Young SG VOS

Stage guitars

Stage guitars

Pickups

Angus Young humbucker pickups

Angus Young humbucker pickups

Angus Young humbucker pickups

Amps

Young’s amps have been plexi Marshalls: JTM45s, JTM50s, JMP50s and Superleads (plus a few Wizard amplifiers). His main amp is a JTM45, which he uses both live and in the studio.

Marshall JTM45

Marshall JTM45

Cabinets

Marshall 4×12 Cabinets (model 1982 and 1960, mostly B models) with Celestion G12H 30 watt (on old recordings), Vintage 30s (on newer recordings) and G12M 25 watt speakers (on solos/overdubs on newer recordings.

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Strings and pics

  • Ernie Ball Strings 10-46 gauge and 9-46 (super slinkys)
  • Fender extra heavy picks (110 mm)

Pedals and effects

Yes you are not dreaming, he just don’t need any pedal, He  plugs his SG straight into a Marshall amp

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