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Is he miming, playing along to a backing track? Or ifhe is playing, how can that be?

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    I was in the middle of posting an answer when this was closed. I don't rembmer where I first heard this but, Angus Young was an early adopter of wireless and apparently liked the tone the early ones produced even using it during studio recording. voodooguitar.net/2016/10/… – Michael Curtis Jul 22 at 15:43
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    Nabulio - please in future write questions. I have edited this one for you so it could be reopened. @MichaelCurtis - please feel free to leave an answer :-) – Doktor Mayhem Aug 2 at 15:51
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Wireless radio transmitter, attached to the strap or on his body somewhere. At the other end is a receiver plugged into his amp on stage.

Random Google of a range from a music store... https://www.gear4music.com/Electric_Guitar/Wireless.html

Equally random image of both halves of an example...

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The systems available in 1979 had a rather unfortunate issue of being very near the same frequencies used by taxi companies to call their drivers.
It was a fairly common interruption in those days, halfway through your best solo effort.. "Car 39, come in. Car 39, can you do a pick up at the airport?"

  • Back in those days, it wasn't even necessary to use a system like this. I was on first name terms with a taxi driver at one venue we did often... – Tim Jul 22 at 9:57
  • MM desks were known for that... shielding was... ermm... approximate. – Tetsujin Jul 22 at 10:16
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I don't remember where I first heard this but, Angus Young was an early adopter of wireless and apparently liked the tone the early ones produced even using it during studio recording.

This page has a overview:

http://www.voodooguitar.net/2016/10/angus-youngs-secret-wireless-weapon.html

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