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AC/DC Tech Shows Off Angus Young's Guitars and Amps

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Premier Guitar’s Chris Kies recently spent some quality time with AC/DC techs Trace Foster and Greg Howard at Atlanta’s Phillips Arena.

The goal? To get an in-depth rundown on the gear guitarist Angus Young is using on AC/DC's current tour. And they did a damn fine job.

As we learn in the clip, Young will use this 1967 Gibson SG for the entire show—assuming things go smoothly. All of the guitar's volume and tone pots have been changed several times because Young sweats so much, which leads to a great deal of corrosion. Its pickups have been swapped out with custom-wound, wax-potted Seymour Duncan humbuckers. Young uses Ernie Ball Slinky strings (.009-.042) and Fender Extra Heavy picks.

Also shown in the video is Young's backup guitar, a 1970 Gibson SG Custom, the same ax he used on the Back in Black tour in the early Eighties. And we see yet another SG—a Gibson Brian Ray model that was customized to Angus' specs. Ray, one of Paul McCartney's guitarists, recently gave the guitar to Young.

There's also plenty of amp talk, and you also get to see Stevie Young's gear.

Anyway, enjoy this PG Rig Rundown!

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.