The Youngs are of Scottish heritage. Malcolm's first proper guitar was a Gretsch Firebird given to him by Harry Vanda, George Young's Easybeats bandmate and songwriting/producing partner. Being Scots they were terribly canny with their money..... My guitar teacher knew them when they were starting out. He said it was a standing joke amongst the pub muso community every time Malcolm made $100,000 he'd buy a pickup to try. Hence the extra holes and duct-tape. Just reading a book on George Young's life and he had a lot to do with the formation, sound and direction of the band - avoiding the traps the Easybeats fell into. Even after EMI took production off George Young for Hell's Bells he still provided guidance, flew to gigs and acted as mentor. Apparently, the fistfights between the three brothers were epic when they disagreed. When they came back to Albert's studios it was the biggest period for album sales and touring in their careers.