Summer NAMM 2018: Gretsch honours AC/DC’s Malcolm Young with signature Jet guitar

Gretsch is honouring the late Malcolm Young, AC/DC rhythm guitarist and songwriter, with the new G6131-MY Malcolm Young Signature Jet.

The G6131-MY pays homage to Young’s famously battle-hardened Gretsch Jet. Nicknamed “The Beast,” Malcolm certainly made the instrument his own by removing two of the three pickups and stripping away the finish.

“I mean, as soon as you hear that first… chord, you know it’s him,” said his brother Angus Young. “To do this … you have to be a master of rhythm, and that’s exactly what Mal [was].”

This model features the essential hallmarks of one of rock’s most iconic instruments including “DIY” pickup routes with simulated screw holes, chrome switch plugs, Space-Control bridge with ebony base and ‘60s-style tailpiece. Open-cavity thunder roars from the thin-skin satin finished chambered mahogany body and is magnified by a high-output TV Jones Power’Tron pickup.

“AC/DC had a sound of their own and this guitar was the foundation of the sweet and nasty tone we all know them for,” said Social Distortion’s Mike Ness.

“Malcolm Young’s fiery rock ‘n’ roll spirit lives on through AC/DC’s enduringly timeless music, and it is Gretsch’s great privilege to pay fitting tribute to him with a finely crafted instrument bearing his name,” said the guitar maker, which announced the new guitar at this year’s Summer NAMM.

The G6131-MY Malcolm Young Signature Jet will be available October 2018.

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