Most definitely gold hardware, and an amazing axe. At some point it suffered a break and remained in that state until just prior to the Rock or Bust Tour, in which it made a very welcomed return to the stage. From my research it also appears that many tracks on Back in Black were recorded on the Two Pick-up Custom. With that said, it most certainly is one of Rock n Rolls historic and iconic guitars. This guitar was definitely the inspiration behind my classic custom purchase. Such a monster this one.