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It’s hard to compete with a younger brother who prances around in a schoolboy’s uniform and plays all the leads, so Malcolm Young doesn’t even try. No matter: his immediately recognisable, hooky, three-chord style provides AC/DC with their power and has led millions down the Highway To Hell.
During the Bon Scott-era, Malcolm played and customised a 1963 Gretsch Jet Firebird guitar handed down to him by elder brother George Young, who was in The Australian band The Easybeats. Malcolm's mods included stripping the red paint, removing the neck and middle pickups and stuffing socks in the cavities to reduce feedback.
Back In Black (the Brian Johnson era) saw Malcolm add White Falcons to the mix. His first, a ‘59, was sold on after he claimed that it had ‘lost its sound’ following a repair.
Other than that, give Malcolm heavy strings (.012-.056) and plug him into Marshall amps (Super Leads and Super Basses) and away he goes. Gretsch currently produces two Malcolm Young signature Jet reissues, in both single and double FilterTron pickup configurations.