Angus Young FIRST SG (video)

08 Sep Angus Young FIRST SG (video)

The good ol’ Kyle (BackingTracks on YouTube) has allowed me to post this video of his. This represents his knowledge in discerning the differences among Gibson SG guitar models in the years range 1967-1972.

Enjoy, and thanks, Kyle!

SD 😉

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Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri
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23 Comments
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    Kirk2000
    Posted at 23:22h, 09 September

    Here is just a little excerpt from an interview with Eddie Van Halen from the 80’s about the Schaffer Vega wireless system he used.. KIRK

    GP: Do you use wireless transmitters?

    EVH: Yeah, I always do because I bounce around a lot. My first one was a Schaffer-Vega. It took me a long time to get it working right with my system because at the time my amps were so powerful that the thing was overdriven and wouldn’t work. It was too much power. Then when I got weaker amps I could use it. If you use it with too high of an amp it will just freak out; you get the weirdest feedback noises you ever heard in your life. And then I got a Nasty Cordless. Now the Schaffer-Vega is tuned to a fixed frequency, and one of the advantages of the Nasty is that you can dial in the frequency, just like a radio. The Schaffer-Vega has a built-in compressor in the transmitter, which is kind of cool, depending on what amp you use it with. I think that the Nasty is weaker. Like with the Schaffer-Vega I’m always reaching at my knob, trying to get 11 out of it instead of 10. And with the Nasty, I’m reaching for 14, so I use an equalizer to boost it. But it is actually a cleaner sounding system. When we played the Budokan in Japan I couldn’t use either one because there were heavy radio signals everywhere.

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 10:21h, 26 September

      VERY informative, thank you Kirk. I think the Schaffer-Vega had a compressor and a booster, and Angus took advantage of both.

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    KyleSG
    Posted at 19:49h, 08 September

    Thanks for posting Fil :) should have mentioned something about the made in U.S.A but anyways.

    • avatar
      KyleSG
      Posted at 19:52h, 08 September

      wait nvm I did mention about the made in usa lol

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    thearmedmonkey
    Posted at 10:00h, 08 September

    Hi.
    My SG has the cutouts of a 1970 model but not the “Made in U.S.A” on the back of the neck. So is this an early 70′ ? Or late 69?

    Thanks, Lasse

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 16:25h, 08 September

      I’d say either one would be a good guess!

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    Dries
    Posted at 06:27h, 08 September

    Hi ,

    I had e time ago studied his guitars to, I’ve found some remarkable things about Angus’ SG’s around ’78. Seems he had more than one ‘first guitar’, or he repaired it several times that year. What do you think of it?

    http://everythingsg.com/forum/index.php?topic=17019.msg248426#msg248426

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 06:30h, 08 September

      Ahhh… I remember that post: it was YOU then!
      I think that that’s Angus’ FIRST SG.
      There is proved facts – Jaydee’s luthier statements – that state that that guitar went into a number of repairs. That guitar today may also be the one with the thunder inlays – one of the three – I am writing another article about it.

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        Dries
        Posted at 06:35h, 08 September

        Yeah. There are some great pics around. Many details to see on them.

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          SoloDallas
          Posted at 06:40h, 08 September

          If you have good images PLEASE submit them to solodallas@gmail.com
          Credit will be given to YOUR for them!

          Thanks,

          Fil

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      whiskeyontherocks
      Posted at 16:13h, 08 September

      Why did he put tape on the guitar?

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        Dries
        Posted at 16:20h, 08 September

        To hold the parts together. No, actually he used it for taping off the tone controls – as far as I can see -, also to cover some holes.

        But there’s one thing that sticks with me. If you look on the video footage of ‘ Fling Thing/Rocker’ live in Glasgow – Apollo, you can see his input jack hanging around, and the rest of the show it was IN the jack. So that means that the signal from the pickup wasn’t going trough his front jack, and that there was something extra in his pickup captivity. It would be no suprise to me if there was a booster in it too.

        Watch and see ( It’s also in the Family Jewels box );
        httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9qMB8PD_wk

        • avatar
          SoloDallas
          Posted at 16:24h, 08 September

          I concur to the boost theory. He NEVER stated it, but later on went on Schaffer Vega (wireless boost) which affected massively his tone. So…

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            Dries
            Posted at 16:27h, 08 September

            Look at this, just uploaded a picture of it. It looks strange, isn’t it?

            http://i56.tinypic.com/xmq45e.png

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              SoloDallas
              Posted at 16:33h, 08 September

              Unbelievable. This one I can’t explain! O.o

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                Dries
                Posted at 16:35h, 08 September

                Well, there is much more going on that we don’t know about – I think -. This is his ‘first SG’, where a badass bridge is mounted on.
                But there MUST be something in that pickup captivity !

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              SoloDallas
              Posted at 16:35h, 08 September

              Wait, he’s ALREADY using the Schaffer Vega system there. So he HAD boost from that. The additional jack might be a spare in case he broke one cable.

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                Dries
                Posted at 16:37h, 08 September

                That could explain it. But there certainly must be a boost. A JTM45, or JMP50 would never distort so much like his tone in that era’.

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                  SoloDallas
                  Posted at 16:40h, 08 September

                  The Schaffer Vega HAD two boosts! One on the receiver and one on the sender side. Tony Platt says Angus used it all the time and it affect tone massively.

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                  Dries
                  Posted at 16:45h, 08 September

                  Explains a lot. But that wireless system is extremely rare !

                  But his tone, and Mal’s ( listen to bootlegs ) were massive changed from the moment of Back in Black, such a difference to performances in ’79 and early ’80s, to me it’s like a turning point in their sound.

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          whiskeyontherocks
          Posted at 16:37h, 08 September

          I see, Thanks to you and Solo. But I’m still confused as to what the hanging wire was for if the signal wasn’t going to the front jack…

      • avatar
        SoloDallas
        Posted at 16:24h, 08 September

        Sweat. To avoid sweat entering the holes.

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