Angus Young SG review by Gibson

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (220 votes)
Gibson: Angus Young SG

Purchased from: online

Sound — 9
Well now it has a sound that I'm suited to after putting the burstbucker in there. The Angus young humbucker was too leadish if you know wat I mean. I use mine with an JCM45, yep the very same one that Malcolm & Angus Young uses. The guitar does not sound good with a lot of gain then again you don't need it. The guitar has got everything loaded into it pretty much. I play rock/metal such as AC/DC and Led Zeppelin so the guitar is perfect for what I play. So I reckon no gain, reverb all the way, contour halfway and that will get you a good sound with or without the burstbucker. It did have a very good sound with the Angus sig humbucker in there but as I said it was fit for the job of rhythm.

Overall Impression — 10
Awesome all-round guitar, will get the job done. I got a warranty on it just in case something went wrong with it and I hope that will never happen. What I said in the other paragraphs about the bridge and stuff is nothing really worth worrying about. Best guitar I ever brought!

Reliability & Durability — 7
I had a problem here too. Now I was doing a gig with it, halfway through one of my songs and all of a sudden it the neck started to move. Now I've heard of this happening to SG standards but not to Angus sig SGs. I put it down immediately and had it fixed the next day but that was after about 1 year of playing live doing about 5 gigs every couple of weeks, it was probably gonna happen eventually. I guess I just got a dodgy guitar. It definitely did the job at gigs I can tell you that; at the end the crowd came up on stage and started taking photos of it and asking me if he could hold it. It also gets me in the ladies.

Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Now this is where I had a bit of a problem. The day I got it I snapped strings B and E but its a bit of a dodgy bridge which of course I got replaced straight away. From what I've heard SG Tune-O-Matic bridges don't last a very long time if your a real ruff lead guitarist. They seem to wear after a while causing the strings to brake.

Features — 9
Well my Angus Young sig SG is really a classic instrument. I brought mine brand new off an online shop in early 2004. The guitar has 22 frets with trapizoid inlays. A beautiful finish on the body. Due to the small neck and my big hands I can't really master my soloing but I'm more a rhythm guitarist than lead, so the fingerboard is not to my liking but it looks great. The body is bloody brilliant and I find it very hard to take my eyes off it, the guitar is very like a sexy lady. On the heAD it has a devil school boy. For the pickups it has a Angus young signature humbucker in the bridge a 57 classic humbucker in the neck it has a 57 classic humbucker but I took the Angus Young humbucker out and put a burstbucker there because I didn't particularly like the sound but the overall sound was good. It comes with a special Gibson hardcase with the devil schoolboy stamped on it. It has the classic two tone and two volume controls which seem to be bigger than your average SG. So overall a great all-round job, as I said I can't solo on it properly so I stick to rhythm which is my job. The vibrola is very good even though I don't use it so yeah but its an awesome guitar and will get the job done admirably at any gig.

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