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Summer NAMM 2018: The Gretsch 2018 Malcolm Young Signature Jet is Here! Let There Be Rock...
Rock fans rejoice - the Malcolm Young signature guitar from Gretsch is now available as an Artist Signature model!
The signature guitar for the man who made the powerhouse rhythm sound of AC/DC is now available from Gretsch as an Artist Signature model. The Gretsch Malcolm Young Signature Jet is an Artist Signature model paying homage to one of the greatest rhythm guitarists of all time, following on from last year's release of the Gretsch Custom Shop Malcolm Young "Salute" guitar.
While Angus Young may have made the strongest visual impression on AC/DC's high voltage stage, it was the solid and uncompromising rhythm work of Malcolm Young which underpinned the band's balls-to-the-wall, rock and roll sound.
The Original Firebird
Malcolm Young's guitar of choice was a 1963 Gretsch Jet Firebird, handed to him by Harry Vanda and elder brother George Young, and nicknamed "The Beast". Malcolm removed the original guitar's red paint finish, two of the guitar's pickups, and over a lifetime of gigging and recording, played the guitar to the very edge of its rock and roll potential.
The Gretsch Signature Jet features the same "Beast-like" aesthetic as Malcolm's own guitar- even going as far having an open cavity where the two extra and (in Malcolm's view) unnecessary pickups should be located!
The single TV Jones Power'Tron pickup was part of the secret to Malcolm's tone, and lets the strings ring to their full potential without any other pickup magnets damping things down. The 'Tron-style pickup gives a distinctly different tone to a humbucker and is well worth exploring for rock tones if you've never had the chance to experience one in person. Many of AC/DC's sounds were surprisingly low in gain, yet the dual guitar attack and nuanced Filter'Tron pickup helped create the wall of sound that the band is known for. Played in the era when louder meant better for electric guitars and amps, the Power'Tron pickup is the perfect choice for fully-cranked rock.
The Signature Jet's double cutaway body is finished with a semi-gloss finish and the '60s-style tailpiece gives this guitar a classic aesthetic - perfect for making your own mark on stage. A lovely ebony fingerboard, ebony bridge piece, and half-moon fingerboard inlays seal the deal on this guitar's classic styling.
If you're looking to play riffs that can rock any stage, the Malcolm Young Signature Jet is the perfect guitar and, if you happen to choose it as your axe of choice, We Salute You…
More from Gretsch - Summer Namm 2018
Gretsch has also released two new models, the G6659TG Players Edition Broadkaster Jr. in all-new Vintage White finish, and the G5420T Electromatic Hollow Body in all-new Candy Apple Red Finish.
The G5420T Electromatic features Blacktop Filter'Tron pickups and a Bigsby tremolo for those iconic Gretsch tones.
The G6659TG Players Edition Broadkaster Jr. benefits from USA Full'Tron pickups, stunning gold hardware, locking keys, and a TUSQ XL Nut - modern hardware on a classic design.
See our full range of Gretsch Electric Guitars at Gear4music.
By Matt Wilkinson
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