John Mayer Black One Strat pickups

“Well Mister Rogers would, every show, go to maybe like a factory where cheese was made, or to the set of a movie, or where they make crayons, or a fisher boat… he would just go on these adventures. And I sort of saw of it as like, I wanna to visit where guitars are made. I want to spend a couple days and I want to watch how these guys do it, and I want to build a guitar – I want to put my own hands on a guitar and I wanna build it.

“So I went down to Corona, California to the John Mayer Black One Strat pickups for two days. Started from scratch, picked a block of wood, y’know, knocked on it – which did nothing but it made me feel like I was looking for tone! Put it on the CNC machine… I mean people were doing it for me, but they’d at least let me do one side of the guitar or something.

“And I put it together, then sprayed it, painted the thing, then left it there and John Cruz distressed it and sent it to me… sounded like shit! Which just broke my heart. Turned out there was a problem with the grounding, the shielding inside the guitar. As soon as it got fixed it was like, waaaaaaa! It was dream-come-true.

Angus Young Gibson SG guitar

Classic rock doesn’t get much bigger than AC/DC, and no one wails out massive, bone-crunching tone like Angus Young on his Gibson SG electric guitar. Young’s incendiary tone has inspired wave after wave of rock guitar heroes, and turned on countless players to the power of his seminal guitar of choice, the Gibson SG. Now the Gibson USA Angus Young guitar, brings all the tone and playability of this classic double-cutaway made to Angus Young’s own specs within reach of the hardworking rock guitarist, giving you all the punch, crunch, and sizzle that Angus achieves with his own treasured Gibson guitar.

AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young’s legendary guitar is now available in a 250 piece run, 50 signed by Angus himself; all of the reproductions sport upgrades requested by Angus.

Gibson Angus Young Signature SG guitar sale

Way back in 1961 the Gibson SG electric guitar replaced the under appreciated Les Paul Standard, and while the Les Paul would surface later in the decade as a rock and blues classic, the Gibson SG (originally named Les Paul/SG) was an instant hit in its own right. Its simple yet inspired ingredients of thin, all-mahogany body and neck and two Gibson humbucking pickups gave it a snappy attack with a muscular punch, and its slim, fast neck yielded unprecedented playability.

The Gibson SG Angus Young guitar not only captures the look, feel, and sound of a classic SG, the Gibson electric guitar also embodies some of the rare specs and qualities of Angus Young’s own ’68 guitar, known to be a standout example among a classic breed. The Angus Young guitar’s light, all-mahogany body yields superb resonance, while its extra slim, narrow neck provides unparalleled playability—and, topped with an upgraded rosewood fingerboard with lightning-bolt inlays, it features a look that will help any rocker stand out from the crowd. Loaded with Gibson’s popular ’57 Classic humbucking pickup in the neck and an Angus Young humbucker in the bridge for added punch and sizzle, it packs all the firepower a gigging guitarist needs to cut it on the big stage.

Angus Young Signed Guitar

The body of each Angus Young guitar is crafted from solid clear mahogany with an offset center seam and follows the classic lines of the SG Standard. Short for “solid guitar,” Gibson’s SGs feature a much thinner body made from solid mahogany, with pointed horns, beveled edges, no body binding and distinctive twin cutaways that offered easier access to the guitar’s higher frets. The total average weight of an Angus Young SG body and neck together, before pickups and hardware are added, is 5.65 lb., which is par for the course for excellent examples of the Gibson SG Standard, which are known for their lightness.

Mahogany is a medium-dense wood with excellent resonance and superior sustain, and it offers a rich, round, warm tone, but with plenty of high-end sheen and good midrange presence. The mahogany of the Gibson Angus Young SG also lends a percussive snap and some added clarity to the tone of the guitar. This simple but effective tone wood has yielded some of the most classic tones in the history of rock.

Neck and headstock
The neck on the Angus Young SG guitar is carved to Angus’s own requirements and models the super-slim, yet extremely comfortable profile of his own original ’68 SG Standard. It is constructed from three pieces of top-grade maple, cut using the superior “quarter sawn” orientation for improved strength and resonance, and glued to the body at a 2.5-degree angle (pitch). Maple is among the strongest woods used for electric guitar necks, and has the strength required for a thin carve as applied to this Gibson guitar.

The headstock is carefully angled at Gibson’s traditional 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.

The Gibson Angus Young SG is equipped with an ebony fingerboard, which enhances note attack and articulation. Ebony is a very popular up-market fingerboard material, known for its strong, clear tone and is a hard, dense, dark-black exotic wood that is extremely hardwearing, and more resistant to humidity and climate and weather changes than many other fingerboard woods. This fingerboard carries a single-ply white plastic binding and sports 22 frets, all immaculately dressed and polished. A 12-inch radius offers smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates “dead” or “choked out” notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses. Pearl “lightning bolt” position-marker inlays are a custom appointment requested by Angus himself.

The Angus Young SG is finished in Gibson’s custom-designed Angus Cherry finish. This fabulous signature SG has a gloss nitrocellulose finish, but is given a pre-worn look that enhances this artist’s model, and offers a smooth, comfortable playing feel. Of the full run of 250 guitars, 50 are hand-aged in-house, and 200 will receive Gibson’s proprietary VOS treatment.

Guitar Pickups
The Angus Young Gibson guitar is equipped with a pair of Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates pickups, which includes a standard unit in the neck position and a bridge-position unit that has been modified for higher output. Between them, the two pickups offer outstanding output balance. Seymour Duncan’s Pearly Gates pickup were designed after close study of the original Gibson PAF pickups in Billy Gibbons’ 1959 Les Paul Standard, which are known to be slightly hotter than the average PAFs of the day, and provides an authentic vintage-humbucker tone that Angus Young seeks in his guitars. Pearly Gates are a moderate-output humbucking pickup that feature alnico II magnets, and provide a sweet, rich, warm, vocal tone in the neck position of the Angus Young SG, with more midrange punch and plenty of cutting power for leads in the bridge position. The coils of these pickups are wax potted to enable them to withstand high volume levels without succumbing to annoying feedback.

The headstock of this Angus Young Gibson SG is equipped with chromed Schaller tuners with a 12:1 gear ratio. Schallers are recognized as a leading tuner in the industry, and were frequently added as an upgrade to guitars in the ’60s and ’70s. Included on this Gibson SG guitar, the ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. The Angus Young SG features nylon saddles which yield excellent coupling between strings and body. This bridge is made from zinc then plated with nickel. Every Tune-O-Matic bridge is combined with a separate “stopbar” tailpiece, which is essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound bridge that’s designed to further enhance the connection between the strings and the body. The Angus Young SG’s stopbar tailpiece is made from Zamak then plated with chrome. All hardware on the Angus Young SG is pre-aged, either by hand (50 guitars) or by Gibson’s proprietary VOS process (200 guitars).

Additional accessories:
Each Angus Young Gibson SG comes protected in black, red-fur-lined Gibson Custom Shop hardshell case, silkscreened with the Gibson logo and the Angus Young model name.

Each Angus Young SG electric guitar comes with a leather-bound Certificate of Authenticity, which carries an Angus Young photo insert and the details of your guitar. Fifty will be signed by Angus Young himself.

Angus Young Signature

Angus Young is one of the most recognizable figures in all of rock and roll. As the lead guitarist for AC/DC, Angus Young has defined the stripped-down bare essence of hard rock for over two decades, and his faithful Gibson SG possesses that elusive and crunching rock and roll tone that so many players strive to achieve. The Gibson Angus Young Signature Humbucker is a bridge position pickup with an Alnico V magnet and special balanced-coil windings using vintage enamel-like coated wiring that delivers a 1–2 combination of punch and vintage tone. This is the pickup that Angus himself plays, and it features shielded, four–conductor wiring for series, parallel or split coil operation. It is also fully wax potted to eliminate any chance of microphonic feedback.

Angus Young Signature Guitar


Angus McKinnon Young (born 31 March 1955) is a Scottish-born Australian guitarist best known as a co-founder, lead guitarist, and songwriter of the Australian hard rock band, AC/DC. Known for his energetic performances, schoolboy-uniform stage outfits, and his popularization of Chuck Berry’s duckwalk, Rolling Stone magazine has ranked Young as the 24th greatest guitarist of all time. In 2003, he and the other members of AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Life and career
Angus Young, the youngest of seven children of William (1911–1985) and Margaret Young (1913–1988), was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He dropped out of school at 15. In 1963, he emigrated to Sydney, Australia, with his parents, older brothers Malcolm and George, and older sister Margaret. Older brother, Alex, remained in Scotland and would later form the London-based group, Grapefruit.

Angus first started playing on banjos but re-strung them with six strings. Angus first started playing guitar on a cheap acoustic model purchased second-hand by his mother.

Angus Young S Guitar

Angus Young and Gibson USA have developed a guitar that’s a replica of the AC/DC man’s trademark Gibson SG.

The model goes under the name of the Angus Young SG. Limited to 250, Gibson say, ‘It captures the tone, look, and feel of this rare specimen among a classic breed, but which updates this legendary guitar with custom modifications requested by Angus himself’.

There are also, ‘Upgraded modifications at Angus’s request, including an ebony fingerboard with “lightning bolt” inlays (a further 200 guitars will receive the VOS treatment)’. But no free schoolboy uniform is included with the guitar.

Moreover, 50 of these guitars have been specially aged in-house by Gibson and signed by Young.

Angus Young Guitars

Most rock fans would agree that AC/DC guitarist Angus Young is one of the genre’s most energetic and entertaining performers. It’s impossible to imagine an AC/DC show without Young bobbing his head up and down in time to the music, playing amped up Chuck Berry licks on his Gibson SG guitar, shirtless and drenched in sweat. And in addition to his manic stage persona, he’s one of the best (and underrated) rock guitarists of all time. Born on March 31, 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland, Young and his family moved to Australia in the ’60s, just as the British Invasion was sweeping the rock & roll world. Young’s older brother, George, found fame as a member of the Easybeats, scoring a worldwide smash, “Friday on My Mind” in 1966. Inspired by their older brother’s success, Angus and another brother, Malcolm, began learning guitar and became fascinated by such bluesman as Muddy Waters, the aforementioned Berry, and such Brit-rockers as the Rolling Stones and the Who.

The brothers formed their first band together in the early ’70s, taking the name AC/DC from their sister’s sewing machine. Young also stumbled across a gimmick that would remain his trademark to this day — band rehearsals were right after school, so he would practice in his “school boy uniform” (which consisted of a cap, tie, a white shirt, jacket, and shorts). The look became such a hit that Young wore the outfit on stage. He also began playing a Gibson SG, the only guitar model he would play throughout his career. Reportedly, his reckless stage presence came to be after Young had to cover up tripping over something on-stage, and the audience thought it was part of the show. The Young brothers turned a deaf ear to popular musical trends of the early ’70s (disco, prog rock, etc.), and bashed out raw and simple three-chord rock, predating punk rock by a few years. And with the addition of singer Bon Scott, AC/DC became a sensation in their native Australia, soon signing a worldwide record deal with Atlantic Records.

While AC/DC never strayed far from their original musical path, record and ticket sales continued to increase with each successive album and tour. With massive global success beckoning, AC/DC overcame a career-threatening tragedy in 1980 when Scott died from alcohol poisoning. But his replacement, Brian Johnson, fit in perfectly, as the group immediately issued their biggest hit of their entire career, the classic “Back in Black.” And with nearly all rock guitarists copying Eddie Van Halen and his kamikaze guitar pyrotechnics throughout the ’80s, Young admirably stuck to his economical and tasty playing style, influencing such future bands as Guns N’ Roses, Jackyl, Buckcherry, and Nashville Pussy.

Angus Young Guitar

Malcolm and Angus Young are the two guitarists for the Australian rock band AC/DC. Since the start of AC/DC in 1973, the guitar style of the Young brothers has heavily influenced rock & roll. Their band has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, and is currently in the process of working on a much-anticipated album. Through this article I’m hoping on providing useful info and licks from both Malcolm and Angus so that you can better understand the style of the Young brothers. This article is mainly aimed at beginning/intermediate level guitar players, although I hope that everybody will enjoy this.

Malcolm Young was born in 1953 and is the rhythm guitarist for AC/DC. He is also one of the founding members of the band. For the most part Malcolm is the most underrated member of the band, due in part to the fact that Angus takes the spotlight. Malcolm writes most of AC/DC’s guitar riffs, and has really helped define the “AC/DC sound.” He used a Gretsch Jet Firebird guitar for most of his career.

Angus Young is the lead guitarist for AC/DC and was born in 1955. He founded the band with Malcolm. His solo guitar ability is almost overshadowed by his wild stage antics and his school-boy uniform. Angus always plays Gibson SG’s both live and in the studio. Both Malcolm and Angus use Marshall Amplifiers.

Rhythm Guitar
Most people would agree that the most memorable part of an AC/DC song is the riff. In concert, both the Young brothers would usually play the same riff, although Malcolm sometimes played a modified version that included some bass notes.

Angus Young Guitar Collection


This guitar was played and autographed by Angus Young of the Australian rock band AC/DC. Bursting on to the Sydney pub circuit in the mid 1970s, AC/DC went on to unparalleled international success as Australia’s most successful rock export. AC/DC was formed around the guitar-playing brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Their elder brother George, who in the 1960s was a member of Australia’s most popular group the Easybeats, guided the band in its rise to fame.

Like the Youngs, lead singer Bon Scott was a Scottish-born immigrant. His larrikin image, bad-boy charisma and raw vocal style were perfectly suited to the band’s hard-rocking sound. They developed a unique style of metallic hard rock built around bluesy power chords and sizzling solos from Angus Young. AC/DC performed with an aggressive, irreverent attitude and developed a repertoire of shocking stage antics. The band’s riotous image was emphasised in the coarse, juvenile and menacing humour of their lyrics, with which their largely male audience could identify.

AC/DC became one of the first Australian bands to successfully base themselves overseas. After establishing themselves in the UK, the USA was next. The ‘Let there be Rock’ album put AC/DC on both the US and English album charts. However it was the 1979 album ‘Highway to Hell’ which consolidated the band’s success in the United States.

Bon Scott personified the hard-drinking rocker until his death in 1980. Brian Johnson stepped in and the band released ‘Back in Black’, which sold twelve million copies. Since then the band has not changed its trademark sound or tried to broaden its musical directions. AC/DC’s tours continue to fill stadiums around the world.

The Gibson guitar company is one of the oldest guitar manufacturers in the world. The SG model was developed in the late 1950s as a standard solid body alternative to Gibson’s Les Paul and semi-acoustic instruments. Its classic design has not changed since then. The SG has been used by many rock guitarists including Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa and Jerry Garcia. It was a favourite with punk guitarists in the late 1970s.

In recent years items used or signed by rock stars have become highly collectable. Before donating it to the museum, Angus autographed this guitar in silver ink.