Watch the Angus Young online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Kings of Tone
There is nothing like a Gibson through a Marshall, it's the sound of rock 'n roll. Gibson perfected the humbucker pickup. Why humbucker? Well the pickup design "bucked" the hum one gets from single coil pickups like those found in a Stratocaster. If you have ever played a bar with a Strat and a neon sign nearby you know the hum I am talking about. The pickup is basically two single coil pickups of opposite polarity wired together in series, this cancels the electromagnetic field given off by transformers and other electrical equipment. The technological breakthrough was amazing, but the sound it produced was the real tonal breakthrough. That thick full sound was the Gibson sound.