Gretsch Reveals Malcolm Young “Red Beast” Signature Jet Guitar

The guitar is built to the original specifications of the AC/DC legend

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Gretsch Malcolm Young “Red Beast” Signature Jet [© Gretsch Guitars]

Gretsch Guitars have revealed their new G6131G-MY-RB Malcolm Young “Red Beast” Signature Jet. The limited edition ax comes in Vintage Firebird Red and was built with input from Malcolm’s nephew and current AC/DC rhythm guitarist Stevie Young. The G6131G-MY-RB Limited Malcolm Young Signature Jet retails for $3,399.99 USD. It is available to order now HERE.

Check out the full specs and a special video below.

Nicknamed “The Beast,” Young used this Firebird Red iteration of the guitar in early AC/DC performances and music videos including “It’s a Long Way to The Top,” before eventually making his own mods and stripping the paint job. To recreate Young’s earliest days with the instrument, the G6131G-MY-RB signature model comes equipped with TV Jones® Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity Filter’Tron bridge and neck pickups that replicate the unmistakable vintage Gretsch voicing, along with an added TV Jones Starwood humbucker in the middle for clear and punchy tone.

Built to rattle foundations in true Malcolm fashion, the G6131G-MY-RB Limited Malcolm Young Signature Jet also features a lightly aged finish, 12”-radius bound ebony fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets (plus zero fret), aged pearloid Neo-Classic™ thumbnail inlays, bone nut, harmonica-style Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with pinned ebony base, ‘60s Jet vibrato tailpiece, Schaller® die-cast tuners, black pickguard, G-arrow control knobs and aged gold hardware.

  • 2”-deep double-cutaway chambered mahogany body with maple top
  • TV Jones® Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity bridge, TV Jones® Starwood humbucker middle and TV Jones® Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity neck pickups
  • Individual pickup volume controls, master volume, three-position pickup toggle switch, three-position tone switch and three-position standby switch
  • Harmonica-style Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with pinned ebony base
  • Available in an aged Vintage Firebird Red finish with black pickguard and aged gold hardware

The original Beast began life as a simple Firebird Red Jet, and was first bolstered with a middle humbucker retrofitted by Young himself, according to Guitar World. Young later went on to remove both the middle and the neck pickups, leaving just the bridge unit. He also removed the original Firebird Red colorway, leaving the now-iconic natural finish of arguably his most recognized guitar.

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