Angus Young is a Scottish-born Australian musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist of the hard rock band AC/DC which he co-founded with brother, Malcolm Young. The band rose to fame in the ‘70s with original singer and frontman Bonn Scott until his death in 1980 but quickly found renewed success with replacement singer Brian Johnson and the release of their seminal album, “Back in Black,” considered by many to be the group’s best. AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
Young is as synonymous to the Gibson SG as Jimmy Page is with a dual-neck guitar, although he does switch from time to time to other Gibson models such as the Firebird or ES-355 customized with humbucker pickups, along with Fender Telecasters.
Known for not using any effects pedals whatsoever, Young delivers his signature sound through a series of Marshall Amps and cabinets along with a loose set of guitar strings such as Ernie Ball’s Super Slinky Strings, making bends and slides during solos smoother than on traditional setups.
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Angus has issues. He is not a happy man….most of the time. He turns this anger into incredible distressed guitars. As angry as he is he does not take out on the guitars. Angry Angus Guitars are lightly distressed. He tells me “we do not smash our bodies with keys or sharp objects or hook them up behind the car and drag them around town.” He takes his time and builds them one at a time so be patient because he’s not. The “Testy” model captures classic vibe of the T-style instruments favored by many. The “Surly” model takes its ques from the S-style made famous in the 50’s and 60’s.
Rock god Angus Young of AC/DC has been chosen as the greatest guitar player in Australian music history by Australian Guitar magazine.
Though his schoolboy outfit may be getting some age on it, his licks seem as fresh as ever. According to the Daily Telegraph, the list features Tommy Emmanuel at No. 2, followed by Cold Chisel’s Ian Moss, The Living End’s Chris Cheney, and Rick Brewster from The Angels rounding out the Top 5. Angus’ brother and fellow AC/DC guitarist, Malcolm Young, finished just outside the Top 10.
While Angus’ place in rock history is firmly cemented, it may actually be a while before he gets to add to his legacy. Malcolm Young recently revealed that he felt that it might be “a year or two” before the band returns with a new record. Malcolm stated that he’s been jamming some song ideas, as have other members of the band, but the group is enjoying the long rest between albums.
Singer Brian Johnson also stated earlier this year that health issues were affecting one of his bandmates and that plans for a new record had briefly stalled as a result.