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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

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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

    Perfection.

    By Les-yx0p2

    from Hazard, KY

    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.

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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.

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    5.0

    For those about to rock

    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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    1.0

    Horrible quality

    I could not believe that the Inspection Department at Gibson would not see the issues that I had with my Angus SG. The truss rod cover was at a 30' angle out of square with the strings. The A string was so far off center at the bridge pickup, about an eighth of an inch, that I had to replace the saddles. I should have sent it back but it was something that was fixable. Shame on Gibson's Quality Control process.

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    5.0

    The Very Best

    By SigsvsGates

    from Vegas, NV

    This is THE guitar that made me pick up the guitar in the first place. I was lucky enough to play this amazing instrument and it blew me away! The first thing that struck me was the looks. This is perhaps the most beautiful guitar I have ever seen. The finish is exquisite, the Lyre Vibrola is amazing (at least to look at) and the nickel hardware complements the red and black body very nicely. Secondly the tone and high output of the pickups is great for Sabbath, Zeppelin (with some slightly modified wiring that is) and obviously AC/DC. You can even get modern metal sounds from Ang's signature pickup(its almost easier to get those sounds than AC/DC ones). I love AC/DC and this guitar looks soo close to Angus's original SG even though he doesn't use his signature SG or his signature pickups you have to understand that they were built with Angus to get as close to Ang's favorite guitars as possible. As for the negatives the tremolo does not keep in tune well nor do the stock tuners but I just don't use the trem (niether does Angus) and the tuners are no big deal to replace if you really want to. I saw no other issues with the guitar, craftsmanship is excellent. I just hope they don't stop making them before I can scrape together the cash to buy one.

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    5.0

    The God of guitars

    By MR. J-Rad

    from Burnham, Maine

    I think that this is a great guitar. I mainly play AC/DC music, and this guitar, with a Marshall, can make the sound for any AC/DC song that there is. It also matches the sounds of some other bands. The only complaint I have is that when I first bought it the A string kept popping out of the net. But I fixed it myself, and now it works great. I wouldf recommend that every guitarist that is a fan of AC/DC to own this guitar.

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    5.0

    WOW!!

    By Sglova-24

    from Kansas City,Ks

    Wow,umm..... this is a really good guitar. I've always loved x-plorers,but when I got this......... I really don't have anything to say......It's a really great guitar. GO ANGUS!!

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    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.

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    5.0

    deffinately 1 awesome guitar

    By keith-089H1

    from nashua, nh

    alright so i wanted an sg since i saw 1 like 3 years ago (didnt even play or listen to music it just looked sick) so after seeing it i decided to start sacving money for it...and then i found the angus young sg...loved ac/dc and loved the overall look of the guitat so i had to have it althoug hit was a little pricey...so wen i bought it about a month ago i never looked back i will never give up this guitar for anything it looks sounds and plays amazing...only complaint are the strings are 10's but whatever...if u have the extra money i would deffinately invest in this its worth every penny

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    5.0

    This axe is a re-issue

    By Zeke Martin

    from New York City

    Back in 1969, I bought what was then called the 75th Anniversary model SG Standard (it was manufactured in 1968, in Montana). It's identical to the Angus Young SG, the only differences being that the headstock has Gibson's "goat's head" pearlized inlay instead of the A.Y. "devil" graphic, and it lacks Angus' engraved signature (my guitar was probably made before he started school). My axe is in the brown mahogany finish. When it comes to tone, this guitar is overloaded with it. The neck is fast and comfortable. The pick-ups are very sensitive but require careful set-up for optimal tone. The only problem I ever had with this guitbox was in the early part of 2006, I noticed that the set-in neck was beginning to separate from the body! I freaked out when I saw this-this was my beloved guitar! Long story short, I contacted Gibson in Nashville, they said send it down, and 7 weeks later, it was shipped back to me in PERFECT playing condition. I just needed to tweak their set-up. However, it staying in tune has always been a problem-get better tuners. I've never played the Angus Young model, but if it's like my SG, BUY IT!!!

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