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Gretsch Limited Malcolm Young Signature The Beast Jet

Gretsch Limited Malcolm Young Signature The Beast Jet  ·  Source: Gretsch


The Gretsch Limited Malcolm Young Signature “The Beast” Jet is a recreation of the legendary guitar played by the AC/DC guitarist and the sound that formed the backbone of the band’s sound.


Malcolm Young Signature “The Beast” Jet

Gretsch has issued a limited edition Malcolm Young Signature “The Beast” Jet model. It comes in a Firebird Red finish with gold-aged hardware and a black pickguard. Essentially, a non-molested version of the stripped-back guitar that Malcolm was known for playing with AC/DC. It can be seen in this original format in the AC/DC video for It’s A Long Way To The Top.

Malcolm Young Signature "The Beast" Jet

Malcolm Young Signature “The Beast” Jet · Source: Gretsch


It is based around a 2” deep, double-cutaway chambered mahogany body with a maple top. This model comes with a 12”-radius bound ebony fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets (plus a zero fret), a set of aged Pearloid Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays, and a bone nut.

In the original Firebird Red finish

In the original Firebird Red finish · Source: Gretsch

TV Jones

The pickup set is a TV Jones Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity in the bridge, a TV Jones Starwood humbucker middle position and a TV Jones Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity neck pickup. Malcolm originally added the middle pickup in this early version of the guitar.

Hardware includes a harmonica-style Adjusto-Matic bridge with pinned ebony base, a ‘60s Jet vibrato tailpiece, plus a set of Schaller die-cast tuners and G-arrow control knobs.

It has had input from Malcolm’s nephew Stevie Young, who helped Gretsch get this tribute guitar off the ground. Malcolm Young passed away in 2017 aged 64 and this guitar in all its iterations is commonly associated with him.  The previous release * from Gretsch is Malcolm’s heavily modded and stripped-back version of this guitar.


Definitely, one for all the AC/DC fans out there and collectors.

MSRP – USD 3399.99 / GBP 3179.00 // EUR 3699.00

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Gretsch Limited Malcolm Young Signature The Beast Jet

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