An Interview with Angus Young of ACDC - Why He Plays a Gibson SG
It was semi-acoustic and had all been packed with cotton. But I never used to really take it as a serious thing; I just used to fool around with it. When I was about 14 was when I really started playing it seriously. I got an amplifier for about sixty bucks that used to distort all the time. It was a Phi-Sonic. After that I got out and got a Gibson SG that I playeduntil it got wood rot because so much sweat and water got into it. The whole neck warped. I bought it second-hand, it was about a '67. It had a real thin neck, really slim, like a Custom neck. It was dark brown. After about a year, you lose about half the power in the pickups so you eitherget them re-wired or put new ones in. Just ordinary Gibsons.
When I first started playing with the SG there was nothing to think about. I don't know how this came about but I think I had a lot thinner neck. Someone once said to me they [Gibson] make two sized necks, one was 1 œ and one was 1 Œ and this was like 1 Œ, thin all the way up. Even now I still look all over and I still haven't found one; I've been to a hundred guitar shops and I found the same guitar [model] but with different necks.
On stage I have four stacks going, all hooked up with splitter boxes. 100-watt stacks ? it's good for your eardrums. I use a real lot of volume, I turn that up; I turn the treble and bass on about half and middle, the same. I don't use any presence. If I don't think it's putting out enough top, I will kick up the presence.
With Marshalls, if you're using a fair bit of volume, if you whack the treble and bass at half, that's where they're working. We get them from the factory, that's what we do. We go down there and try them out and fool around with amps and tell them what we want and they doctor them up. At the moment, they're all back to the old style of Marshalls, they're very clean. They don't have these master or preamp settings.
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