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Gibson Angus Young Signature SG   

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The Gibson Angus Young Signature SG is a faithful reproduction of Young's trademark axe! It's exact, even down to the worn engraving on the Lyre Vibr...Click To Read More About This Product

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An axe made "for those about to rock."

The Gibson Angus Young Signature SG is a faithful reproduction of Young's trademark axe! It's exact, even down to the worn engraving on the Lyre Vibrola tailpiece. Mahogany body and neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlays, single-bound neck, nickel hardware, a '57 Classic humbucker (neck), an Angus Signature humbucker (bridge), and devil graphic on headstock. Definitely a guitar that's made to rock "all night long."

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body and neck
  • 22-fret rosewood fingerboard
  • Pearl trapezoid inlay
  • 24.75" scale
  • Single-bound neck
  • ABR bridge
  • Engraved Lyre Vibrola tremolo
  • Nickel hardware
  • '57 Classic humbucker (neck)
  • Angus Signature humbucker (bridge)
  • 2 tone and 2 volume controls
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4.8

(based on 86 reviews)

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The Only Guitar

This is only my second guitar I have purchased. My first is a (I think)'70s used Fender Strat I bought from my uncle along with a 38W Fender Frontman that's about the...Read complete review

This is only my second guitar I have purchased. My first is a (I think)'70s used Fender Strat I bought from my uncle along with a 38W Fender Frontman that's about the same age (as the Strat).I was so excited about buying this guitar. I'm a HUGE AC/DC fan! I can play the rhythms to almost all of their songs (I've only been playing two years, and I'm finally good enough to attempt Angus's godly leads)! Everyone I met who I told about it said that I'm spending way too much money. Well, if you look at the '61 SG reissue (which is about the same), add the price of the Angus humbucker ALREADY INSTALLED and the CUSTOM guitar case, along with the added features (sweet devil Angus inlay on head), you've got quite a deal. Plus, it's cheaper than the newly released Gibson Classic SG!For those of you who are still doubters and think it's still too expensive, hear this. If you ever have the privilege of playing this guitar through ANY amp (that's right, you don't even need a Marshall, although they're friggin sweet and would make it sound even better than my little amp) and still get a good Angus sound. I played it through my crappy little Fender combo and I was shocked. It actually improved the sound of my amp and gave it more nad crushing power! At Volume 2, Gain 6! A COMBO AMP! Not even 1 square foot size-wise!The fret action is unbelievable. I can move four times as fast as I can with my Strat. Also, after putting my Strat down, it was a relief to pick this featherweight tone beast. For those reviewers who thought it was heavy, pick up a Fender Strat first, and then pick this up. BIG difference. Comparing a Strat's weight to an SG's weight is like comparing a sumo wrestler to, well, Angus.And for those of you who don't like the tremolo bar, well, I can understand if you listen to other bands that use them and you play their music, but this guitar was meant for Angus's style of playing which includes these three things only: guitar, amp, Angus (no tremolo). I don't really understand why they have the tremolo there anyway. It sounds fine without it, and if you've been playing long enough, you can more easily just do the vibrato with your fret hand, which really is a better technique to use in the long run.Anyway, if you're able to save up the money (like I said, it's a bargain and WAY worth it), and you're a AC/DC fan/guitar player and you want to hit that Angus sound, I highly suggest you buy this guitar.At the same time, you really just need to find a guitar that you like and sounds good to you. Don't buy it because people say you should, buy it because the guitar says YOU all over it, which for me was this guitar.

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Descent Guitar

I played this guitar at a local Long and McQuade in Toronto, and I have to tell you, being an Angus Young fan, I was pretty disappointed. The picture of the guitar on...Read complete review

I played this guitar at a local Long and McQuade in Toronto, and I have to tell you, being an Angus Young fan, I was pretty disappointed. The picture of the guitar on this site makes the finish look beautiful, and when you see it in a store, it is dull, and looks very faded, which is knd of a turn off. The guitar is also pretty expensive, and for anyone who wants to sound just like Angus, they are better off getting the '61 reissue, a cheaper guitar, the one that Angus uses on stage, and he doesn't adjust his guitars to make them better, so if you get a '61 reissue, you will get an ACDC sound. Also, when I played the guitar, it had a very bad maestro, it seemed to make a terrible sound to the strings, almost like they were going to snap, maybe it was just that specific guitar, but it also did it on another Angus signature at another store, I know it is not just the maestro in general because I had no problem at all when playing the Epiphone Limited Edition 1965 G-400 with the maestro, it had great action, so I know that you will have to look hard for a good Angus signature to get a good maestro. What I will say is that when plugged in, it does have a beautiful tone and can handle a wide assortment of different styles, and it is pretty easy to work around the neck, just not as easy as the '61 reissue, which you fly across the neck. I would say for any hardcore ACDC fan, it is better to get the '61 reissue than the Angus signature, it is less expensive, better finish, faster neck action, better tone and sound quality, and it is what Angus uses for his shows to get his ACDC sound, so the only reason someone should get the Angus signature is if they are a hardcore ACDC nut, and want this expensive beast as a collector.

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5.0

For Those about to Rock-Buy this Guitar

By Stifflip56

from Omaha, NE

I bought the Gibson Angus Young SG after seeing ACDC about five months ago and am NOT disappointed! The action is very low without creating buzz, allowing the player to emulate Angus' many single-handed solos. I run the guitar through a Marshall stack with the gain at 4-5 for a PERFECT ACDC sound. No need for pedals!The only minor downfall is that it falls out of tune relatively quickly with new strings, but if you don't change them frequently (like I do) it is really not a problem and stays in tune better with time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For those about to rock

By mustangZHD

from ny

I received this guitar on September 15th, 2006, and will never forget that day. When I opened up the case, the guitar was illuminated in a golden beam of light that shined down from the heavens. Be warned, this is no ordinary SG. this IS THE guitar. I adjusted the action slightly with the bridge, and is now even better. The pickups are nice. You can play anything from hard AC/DC (which is what it is built for) to smooth mellow sounds. If you have the money for this guitar, I HIGHLY recommend it. And if you play it through a Marshall like me, its basically god.

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5.0

Perfection.

By Les-yx0p2

from Hazard, KY

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I've had this guitar for a little over 3 years now. The only problem I've had out ot it is the nut wearing out, which happens to every guitar eventually. Bone nut quickly solves that problem. Fantastic tone, amazing playability, even better looks. When being associated with a guitar player like Angus, I wouldn't expect anything less than what I got with this guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Descent Guitar

By SGenthusiast1188

from Toronto

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I played this guitar at a local Long and McQuade in Toronto, and I have to tell you, being an Angus Young fan, I was pretty disappointed. The picture of the guitar on this site makes the finish look beautiful, and when you see it in a store, it is dull, and looks very faded, which is knd of a turn off. The guitar is also pretty expensive, and for anyone who wants to sound just like Angus, they are better off getting the '61 reissue, a cheaper guitar, the one that Angus uses on stage, and he doesn't adjust his guitars to make them better, so if you get a '61 reissue, you will get an ACDC sound. Also, when I played the guitar, it had a very bad maestro, it seemed to make a terrible sound to the strings, almost like they were going to snap, maybe it was just that specific guitar, but it also did it on another Angus signature at another store, I know it is not just the maestro in general because I had no problem at all when playing the Epiphone Limited Edition 1965 G-400 with the maestro, it had great action, so I know that you will have to look hard for a good Angus signature to get a good maestro. What I will say is that when plugged in, it does have a beautiful tone and can handle a wide assortment of different styles, and it is pretty easy to work around the neck, just not as easy as the '61 reissue, which you fly across the neck. I would say for any hardcore ACDC fan, it is better to get the '61 reissue than the Angus signature, it is less expensive, better finish, faster neck action, better tone and sound quality, and it is what Angus uses for his shows to get his ACDC sound, so the only reason someone should get the Angus signature is if they are a hardcore ACDC nut, and want this expensive beast as a collector.

 
5.0

Excellent sound, feel, and look

By heathman

from Texas

I love SG's, and this one is certainly no exception. With breathtaking tones, its sleek, easy to handle body, and pure beauty - this guitar rocks!

 
4.0

Trem. worst I've ever played

By FloggingMyAxe

from Racine, WI

This is the best sounding guitar I have ever played and I think it is a true credit to Gibson. Fast neck, wide range of tone options, a bit pricey, but worth it for some. I owned the SG-AY for a little over two years. My only peeve is a rather major one. It went hideously out of tune not only every time the trem was used, but if I bent the strings too enthusiastically while playing something trivial. I went to the Gibson dealer in town (and nearby towns) and they ALL said that they all fall out of tune that easily. After two years of playing almost daily and re-tuning every ten minutes, I sold it on ebay and will never own a Gibson trem. again. I'm not anti-trem. My old, low-end 1989 Kramer has a better stock trem. though. Try before you buy. BEWARE of this one.

 
5.0

unbelievable!!!

By Les-yx0p2

from Hazard, KY

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Pros: this is by far the best guitar i own. i've been playing for close to 2 years now and i've had this guitar for about 1. the action on it is fantastic, the pickups scream, the distortion rocks. it's flawless. any AC/DC fan that's a guitarist should add this to their collection. Cons: the only problem i've had with it so far is keeping it in tune....i've been told that i don't wind my strings right though, so that could be my fault.

 
5.0

BEST GUITAR

By Jordan Whitley

from Wilmington, NC

This is THE BEST GUITAR ever made. The pickups sound very good and are awesome in either clean or overdrive!! The neck is very fast and the whole guitar looks great!! Buy this guitar ASAP!!!

 
5.0

Very nice SG

By mr. BIGS

from Eureka, CA

This guitar is definitely a rocker's guitar. It's vintage bass pickup on the neck makes for a smooth beefy tone, while the angus bridge pickup has a very high output. The neck is incredibly fast and makes for easy movement up and down the neck. I enjoy the adjustble bridge since I play both rock and blues, and like to slide now and again and that bridege makes it easy to play all three. The cosmetics of the guitar are stunning. My only complaint is that this guitar falls out of tune real easy, especially under heavy licks. I would recommend upgrading the tuners if the chance presents itself. Also, the price was a little heafty. Overall a real nice guitar.

 
5.0

angus signature, a worthy tribute to an old friend

By axe man 67

from austin , texas

I own several gibson guitars, and two of them are sg's. this one takes it home! I'm to understand angus is very much a part of the production fase, as well as his hand dipped far into the very design of this tone beast.i love it, love it , love it. plays beautifully, and sounds better. no one would regret purchasing one of these momma's , although it will set you back a couple of dollars. this axe has everything a seasoned vet would drool over, and it's an inviting treat to beginning hands as well. i rate this guitar with the highest of prase.

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