Angus Young’s 1970 Gibson SG Custom

This guitar was first used by Angus sometime during 1980 Back in Black tour. According to his current guitar tech, Trace Foster, originally, the SG was finished in walnut color, featured three pickups, and styled a tremolo piece. [Rig Rundown – AC/DC’s Angus Young & Stevie Young]

Sometime between 1980 and 2016, the guitar completely changed its appearance. Angus removed the middle pickup and the tremolo piece and painted the guitar black. At which point this happened is unfortunately not so clear.

The Other Black SG Custom

Now, at this point, it is important to mention that there was another black Gibson SG Custom around that time, which looked suspiciously similar to this guitar. That guitar basically looked exactly the same as this guitar looked in the 2016 Premier Guitar interview. This led to some confusion, and people thinking that they are one same exact guitar.

Trace Foster with Angus Young’s 1970 SG Custom. Source: Rig Rundown – AC/DC’s Angus Young & Stevie Young

To debunk this, one only has to search for the photos of the other black SG Custom (for instance, search from photos from the Hammersmith Odeon gig from 1979). Since many of them date to 1979, and this particular Custom was seen in its original state in 1980 (walnut finish, three pickups) that seems impossible.

The only known photo of this guitar (the one that is subject of this page) in its original state was taken by Ross Halfin, who claims the photo was taken also at Hammersmith Odeon, but in 1980.

So, unless some of these photos are seriously misdated, we have two completely different SG Customs here. Interestingly, somehow they both ended up looking almost exactly the same.


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1 year ago

Gotta LOVE that guitar!! \m/

Last edited 1 year ago by Randyvanbag
1 year ago

Angus had, same black Sg without middle pickup back in 79’s already and played in Paris show live, used it after song whole lotta rose till the end of the gig

2 months ago

OMG I would love to chat with that guy

Mick Briar
Mick Briar
1 month ago

The Ross Halfin photo above is featured on Ross’ website but titled ‘Angus Young Madison Square Gardens’ (1980 Back In Black tour)