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Another Little mystery unveiled by Angus Young in person (with help by Ken Schaffer, Then and Now)

21 May Another Little mystery unveiled by Angus Young in person (with help by Ken Schaffer, Then and Now)

Well, this surely isn’t a scoop… but I had forgotten to tell you about it.

While we (Ken Schaffer and I) were in Vancouver, at the Warehouse Studio meeting Angus Young to deliver The Schaffer Replica S/N001 to him personally, several subjects were touched.

It was then that – among other things – Angus told us about a little thing that used to be a mystery for some time to many (me included).

If you observe this picture,

Angus Young, Glasgow 1978, Recording “If you Want Blood (You’ve Got It), Live. What’s the mysterious object on the strap?

you will certainly notice the mysterious item on the strap.

You may or may not remember that at some point, in the videos, you can see Angus bumping up and down with a short cable hanging out of the guitar.

It would sort of seem like the guitar was unplugged – which contributed to certain fans complaining about the fact that he was supposedly playing in “playback”.

Add to that the lack of a regular cable, in the year 1978… and you almost get a riot going!

Mystery solved. Angus told Ken and me that, that was a thing developed by Ken himself (who had forgotten any detail about this!) with two short cables, both could be plugged into the guitar.

At this point in time in fact, Angus had the Schaffer-Vega X10 transmitter inside the guitar. We know this – we have talked about it previously here as well – but it was sort of less documented (Ken had told me personally even at the time, but generically). Hear this.

Somewhere before the Glasgow series of shows, some Angus tech requested that some experimentation with the placing of the X10 transmitter be made.

So Ken got Ang’s guitar at his shop for well – two long weeks (!). That was Angus guitar number one, the one and only. The one Angus started AC/DC with.

Ken cut (upon request!) a hole inside the back of the guitar, and he put the board of the X10 inside the guitar. That was that. A whole lot of duct tape was then put on the back of the guitar (and partially, to the lower left looking at it from the front) to cover any possible seam line and avoid Angus’ sweat pouring inside.

Mr. Schaffer notes

You should’ve seen that guitar before we cut the hole & put the duct tape on…!!

He also said that the guitar – once it got to his shop – looked absolutely horrible. It was dirty as it could be; scratched and banged to say the least. Battered to the bones.

In order to make some details work electronically, two sets of short SVDS cables were installed. Angus would use one at a time. One would turn on the X10; the other would turn it off and allow the guitar to be played with a regular cable from another jack output/input.

 

Here you have it now, mystery solved.

In case you wondered…

Love,

 

Fil

(thanks go again to Mr. Ken Schaffer & Mr. Angus Young for the story and the details)

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20 Comments
  • avatar
    RiffRaff
    Posted at 16:01h, 23 May

    The famous youtuber and guitarrist Phil X is using the Schaffer Replica on his latest couple of videos. Check it out:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljHh_WtaKS4

  • avatar
    Ant
    Posted at 14:18h, 23 May

    hot dang! Its all coming out now.

    most intriguing read!

    Thank you Ken for sharing this with us.

  • avatar
    nitroangus23
    Posted at 08:26h, 23 May

    Marvelous info. Fil & Ken!

    I have a random question that always has had me intrigued, nothing SVDS related,

    I wonder why Angus dropped the school boy satchel from the live acts?

    I have always assumed they just dropped it due it being “one more thing” to carry around, but would love to know why.

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 15:52h, 26 May

      lol bro only now read this: I’d guess yes. We didn’t ask – naturally – but that’d be my guess too. Less is more. The less things I have on me, the better!

  • avatar
    06AngusSG
    Posted at 04:00h, 22 May

    Very interesting. Finally we get some deep and relevant info from an Angus “interview”. And who better to do it than our own Fil “Indiana Jones” Oliveri! Raiders of the lost tone strikes gold again. Thanx for all the work Fil!
    PS: You said “Angus is using it” Any confirmation on wether it will be on the album?

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 07:22h, 22 May

      Hahaha Jon… you don’t miss a heart beat, do you? You read all the little things. Well… I can’t comment. I can’t answer. Not allowed. Do you understand. I said, do you understand? (Love, Fil!).

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    AsmundK
    Posted at 23:36h, 21 May

    Hi Fil, it is amazing what you have done the last weeks! I saw you write that Angus changed his SVDS in 1984.. did you get to know what he went for in 1984, and what he uses today?

    • avatar
      KyleSG
      Posted at 23:48h, 21 May

      According what Fil just said as I just asked him that is he used is SVDS past 84.

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 07:22h, 22 May

      Yep we know and we will write stuff about it Sir! :) (thanks!!!)

  • avatar
    KyleSG
    Posted at 22:44h, 21 May

    Awesome Fil! As much as there is a million more questions we would still like to know you can’t ask everything in one time eh lol. One thing very interesting I noticed your part 2 article is Angus said he didn’t know where his original SVDS was yet his wife said she knew…..? Any words on where it is or what might have happened to it? Obviously even though one was taken apart to go in his guitar he still must have had a full system or at least another regular transmitter if he used it later on because this guitar was no longer used after 78 or least not without a complete overhaul as we know.

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 22:49h, 21 May

      Ah good points. Millions, literally. But… we still got time, no? Winka-blinka. It’s in storage, basically. And most likely, in one of their houses. Mrs. Ellen – Ella, as they call her – has been around for decades, and always there with and for him. She knows everything. Also, taking the board off means nothing to the X10: you can put it back in, provided you kept the case (which I believe, they did, since after 1978, the X10 did go back in its case). Also to be added, I think every System got shipped with two X10 transmitters. I know this, because one that I got from the Grateful Dead in mint condition got to me with both transmitters, in mint condition. Same frequency. It was just a measure of precaution Ken played at that time. So in any event, Angus had one spare!

      • avatar
        KyleSG
        Posted at 22:54h, 21 May

        Thanks the reply Fil and now that we have pretty much all the SVDS mystery solved were you able to find out when he stopped using it all together as I know you mentioned before around 1984?

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          SoloDallas
          Posted at 22:57h, 21 May

          It was after 1984, and the reason was simply, getting a new one. At that point, the SVDS was getting really well used: 8 years of service, and what a service! Used hundreds of times, for entire years. Live and in the studio. Heavy duty. So they switched to a new system that – at the time – they considered more modern (and it probably was, especially regarding wireless capability). In those times especially, newer technology was regarded well (in the guitar market). It was right there, full 1980s. Now, if you ask me, they probably gained even a more efficient wireless capability… but he lost the sound! Enough said. But you know what? He’s re-gained that sound now. He has it. And… he’s using it!

      • avatar
        go down
        Posted at 01:24h, 03 July

        Hi Fil!
        Do you think there is any chance at some stage Mrs Ellen could get Angus’ original SVDS and in trust it to you and your techs, so as to restore it to its former glory?

  • avatar
    AsmundK
    Posted at 21:03h, 21 May

    Ahh, finally I got a answer on that question “Why is there so much duct tape on Angus guitar?” Thank you Fil, Ken and Angus! :)

  • avatar
    Ken Schaffer
    Posted at 20:24h, 21 May

    You should’ve seen that guitar before we cut the hole & put the duct tape on…!!

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 20:32h, 21 May

      Ladies & Gentlemen,
      Mr. Schaffer in Person. Mr. Schaffer! (Going to add this bit and the other bit you told me about the guitar now)

  • avatar
    boladerock
    Posted at 19:51h, 21 May

    so that´s why the back of the guitar body had a ton of duct tape…..

    • avatar
      SoloDallas
      Posted at 20:34h, 21 May

      Absolutely yes. That was why.

      • avatar
        KyleSG
        Posted at 22:49h, 21 May

        Also if you notice in some pictures or easily in the rock goes to college concert of 78 you will noticed a white plastic cover on the back of the guitar so that must have been used to hold it at on point as well and then maybe duct tape on top to cover the seems

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