Angus Young Trivia

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Angus Young is a guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. Young is known for his wild stage energy and schoolboy-uniform stage outfits. He was ranked 96th on Rolling Stone’s list the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Can’t get enough Angus? Read on…

  • He is on the Quote 500, the list of Holland’s 500 richest people.
  • On August 24, 2006, Young received Kerrang! magazine’s Legend Award from the editor, Paul Brannigan. Brannigan called AC/DC “one of the most important and influential rock bands in history.”
  • Angus Young’s energetic guitar style has been an influence on many young hard rock guitarists. His work with AC/DC has been an influence on bands ranging from Guns N’ Roses and Def Leppard to newer artists like Jet and You Am I. Young cites his own influences as Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, and other blues/rock and roll players.
  • On The Australian television program, Countdown, in a March 1975 episode, Angus is seen dressed as a superhero. This is believed to be AC/DC’s first television performance.
  • Maxim recently ranked Young (5 feet, 2 inches tall) as number one on their list of the “25 Greatest Short Dudes Of All Time”, ahead of other well-known “short dudes” such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Jon Stewart, Ronnie James Dio, Martin Scorsese and Yoda.
  • Young’s older brother, George Young, was the rhythm guitarist and co-songwriter for the popular Australian rock and roll band, The Easybeats (and also the producer of many of AC/DC’s albums). Another older brother of Young was George Alexander (b. Alexander Young) who was the founding member and bassist of the London-based Beatles-esque band, Grapefruit.
  • A caricature of Angus Young can be seen on the cover of the 1994 Green Day album, Dookie. The image of Angus is located on the right-hand side of the cover. Young is standing on the roof of the building, holding the same pose that he is on the Let There Be Rock album cover.
  • In the Tenacious D movie The Pick Of Destiny, JB and Kyle have to steal the pick of destiny, which currently rests with Angus’ guitar in the “Rock Museum.”
  • In Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock, Angus Young can be seen on one of the posters on Axel Steel’s Myspace page.
  • Angus inducted Ozzy Osbourne into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • There is a caricature of Angus on Green Day’s Dookie record on the right-hand side.
  • Angus didn’t get into playing the guitar seriously until his teens.
  • Angus is the youngest member of AC/DC.
  • Before playing in AC/DC he played in a local group called ‘Kentuckee.’
  • Angus is known for his hard-edge style lead, wild stage energy, and school boy clothing style.
  • Angus developed his ‘spasm’ act when he tripped over a cable on stage while playing a solo. He covered it up by having a seizure-like spasm on stage to make it look like it was part of the act.
  • Before forming AC/DC he worked a part time job at a soft-core pornographic magazine called “Ribald.”
  • Angus and his brother Malcolm write the songs for AC/DC.
  • Angus has been a member of AC/DC since it was first formed.
  • He and his wife Ellen, have been married since 1980.
  • He has the same birthday as Pavel Bure, Al Gore and (fellow Scot) Ewan McGregor.
  • His first guitar was a Gibson SG.
  • Maxim recently ranked Angus as number one on their list of the “25 Greatest Short Dudes Of All Time.”
  • He has his own signature model Gibson SG.
  • He started playing guitar when he was five years old.
  • Angus is right handed.
  • He is #96 on the Rolling Stone’s List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
  • He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of AC/DC) on 10 March 2003.
  • He was voted Scotland’s greatest guitarist in the Total Guitar Magazine poll of the best 12 British guitarists in July 2001.
  • He is the younger brother of Malcolm Young and George Young.
  • Angus is 5 feet, 2 inches tall.
  • He still strips in his stage shows.
  • He is featured on the Australian Rock’n'Roll stamp set (May 26, 1998)
  • He formed AC/DC in 1974, with his brother Malcolm.
  • He is the lead guitarist for the hard rock band AC/DC.
  • He does not drink alcoholic beverages.
  • His sister gave him the idea of wearing his school uniform when performing at stage.
  • On The Australian television program, Countdown, in a March 1975 episode, Angus is seen dressed as a superhero. This is believed to be AC/DC’s first television performance.
  • The “Duck Walk”, hopping on one foot while kicking the other out repeatedly, a variation on a similar strut done by his idol Chuck Berry.
  • Always uses Gibson SG guitars.
  • Wears a schoolboy uniform onstage.


  • Angus Young has used Gibson SGs in various forms (his original, and the basis for his current signature model, was a 1968 SG) throughout his career. He is rarely seen with another guitar. However, he also owns Telecasters, Gibson Firebirds and ES335s. When AC/DC played a jam of “Rock me Baby” with the Rolling Stones in 2003, he played a Gibson ES-335, perhaps one of the only times he was without an SG onstage. Young’s legendary 1968 SG has T Top pickups. Another 1964 SG that he used on the recording of Ballbreaker, has patent # pickups. All of these are low to medium output Alnico 5 pickups with matched coils.
  • Angus Young and Gibson Guitar Corporation have collaborated to make the Angus Young Signature SG. The model features a pickup designed by Angus himself in the bridge position and his famous “Devil Schoolboy” picture on the headstock. As well, the vibrola features Angus’ name instead of the Gibson logo. The guitar has a rosewood fingerboard and trapezoid fret inlays. Its volume and tone knobs are bigger than that of a regular SG but it still features the standard 3-way selector switch. The hardware on the guitar is made of nickel. Angus has never used this guitar live.


  • Young’s amps have been plexi Marshalls: JTM45s, JTM50s, JMP50s and Superleads (plus a few Wizard amplifiers). His main amp is his JTM45, which he uses both live and in the studio. When Young plays live, he runs this through an isolation speaker box that sits under the stage and feeds directly into the PA system.
  • In the studio, Angus has often used a 100w plexi for riffs and a smaller plexi (jmp50, jtm50, or jtm45) for solos. Speaker cabinets he has used have been Marshall 4×12″s (model 1982 and 1960, mostly B models) with Celestion G12H 30 watt (on old recordings), Vintage 30s (on newer recordings) and G12M 25 watt speakers (on solos/overdubs on newer recordings). Malcolm has used Mesa Boogie Cabs before as seen on AC/DC’s 1992 live album, Live.


  • Angus: When we started, we didn’t care about gettin on the radio and we didn’t care what people said about us…We just went out and played rock music.
  • Angus: In those days girls were only interested in…well, not us.
  • Angus: We never thought of ourselves as a ‘heavy metal band’ we’ve always regarded ourselves as a rock band. The big difference we’ve always thought we had a lot more feel for rock, we always went out for songs, not riffs or heavy, heavy sounds. But every now and again it does come on like a sledge hammer.
  • Angus: The trouble is, we can’t play everything or we’ll be onstage all night… and we don’t wanna end up like Pink Floyd, growing old onstage!
  • Angus: Style, I didn’t think we had any! I just plug in and hit the thing really hard. That’s my style…or lack of one!
  • Angus: Its just rock and roll. A lot of times we get criticized for it. A lot of music papers come out with: ‘When are they going to stop playing these three chords?’ If you believe you shouldn’t play just three chords it’s pretty silly on their part. To us, the simpler a song is, the better, ’cause it’s more in line with what the person on the street is.
  • Angus: I don’t like to play above or below people’s heads. Basically, I just like to get up in front of a crowd and rip it up.
  • Angus (When asked if he specifically named his guitar): If it was happening, I’d call it Heavenly Beast. If it wasn’t happening, I usually call it Asshole.
  • Angus: I love the music from Nat King Cole, BB King, Albert King… When I think of it, I wouldn’t mind being renamed Angus King.
  • Angus: We want to appeal to everyone and get rich quick. We want to be millionaires. I’ve got this plan to buy Tasmania you see…
  • Angus: We’re a rock group. We’re noisy, rowdy, sensational, and weird.
  • Angus: I’m sick to death of people saying we’ve made eleven albums that sound exactly the same. In fact we’ve made twelve albums that sound exactly the same.
  • Angus Young: I try to find new ways of playing things and I’ve always had a thing where I don’t put a guitar lick into something just for the sake of putting a guitar lick into something. I like everything to have a groove and go with the track and besides that, you do like it to shine out, too, so it doesn’t come across as just being in there as filler.


  • Q: Why did Angus Young get paid only $2.00 for changing a child’s diaper, picking up after his kids, taking out the garbage and washing his dog?
    A: Because dirty deeds are done dirt cheap!

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