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“Gretsch honours the late Malcolm Young, whose rock-solid rhythm guitar swagger and songwriting provided the unshakeable foundation for monumental rock titans AC/DC. The G6131-MY pays homage to Young’s famously battle-hardened Gretsch Jet™. Nicknamed “The Beast,” Malcolm certainly made the instrument his own, not least by removing two of the three pickups, stripping away the finish, and pounding out some of the hardest and most memorable rhythms the world has heard.
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.
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 a fitting tribute to him with a finely crafted model bearing his name.”
-“DIY” pickup routes with simulated screw holes
-Chrome switch plugs
-TV Jones® Power’Tron™ bridge pickup
-Double-cutaway chambered mahogany body with maple top
-Bound ebony fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays
-Gretsch® ‘60s Jet tailpiece
-Pinned Space-Control bridge with ebony base, bone nut and Schaller die-cast tuners
- Aged Natural stain with black neck and sides
-Thin-skin semi-gloss finish for a true “tour worn” feel
Edition: Artist Signature
Body Shape: Jet
Body Material: Chambered Mahogany
Body Finish: Semi-Gloss Lacquer
Body & Neck Binding: Aged White
Body Depth: 2” (50.5 mm)
Upper Bout: 10.5” (267 mm)
Lower Bout: 13.5” (343mm)
Waist: 8.625” (219mm)
Neck: Mahogany, Standard “U”
Neck Mounting: Dovetail
Neck Finish: Semi-Gloss Lacquer
Fingerboard: Ebony, 12” (305 mm)
Frets: 22 (Plus Zero Fret), Jumbo
Position Inlays: Neo-Classic™ Thumbnail
Nut (Material/Width): Bone, 1.6875” (42.86 mm)
Tuning Machines: Schaller® Die-Cast
Scale Length: 24.6” (625 mm)
Bridge: Space-Control™ with Ebony Base, Pinned
Tailpiece: Gretsch® ‘60s Jet™ Vibrato (without arm)
Pickups: TV Jones® Power’Tron™ (Bridge)
Controls: Volume 1. Bridge Pickup, Master Volume, Master Tone
Control Knobs: G-Arrow
Hardware Finish: Nickel
Many years ago, John from PREMIER GUITARS had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing Angus Young for the Australian TV series “The Guitar Show”. Apart from some illuminating insights into Angus’ own inspirations and career highlights, he always maintained that the heart of AC/DC was his brother Malcolm’s rock solid rhythm playing. The bedrock sound of AC/DC lies in his brother’s right hand hammering out those timeless riffs on his beloved Gretsch G6131 – “The Beast”.
Please note this is NOT the cheaper Gretsch Malcolm Young I Model G6131SMY, which features a single FilterTron pickup, no switches and a Badass bridge. It is also NOT the cheaper Malcolm Young II Model G6131MY which features two FilterTrons, two switches, and Badass bridge.
It is also NOT the very much more expensive Gretsch Custom Shop Malcolm Young G6131MY-CS, which can fetch over A$15,000
This Gretsch G6131 Malcom Young Signature model is a fierce sounding guitar that lives up to Malcom’s nickname for it. With its high-output Power'Tron Pickup and chambered mahogany body, this guitar will belt out all the in-your-face-rock riffs you can throw its way. This is one guitar you need to hear, to actually believe what it can do.
This guitar is in pristine, unplayed condition. It would definitely suit a new buyer.
Comes in its deluxe Gretsch hard shell case in new condition.