Epi Tony Iommi Signature, Any Thoughts?

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  1. vancouverois

    vancouverois Member

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    It seems like it's quite difficult to see one in person, not very common in music stores.
    Did anyone have the luck to try one ?
    Just curious about the feel of this SG.
     
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    I'm done with signature guitars. Turns out the only substantial difference is the price.
     
  3. Col Mustard

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    Don's right you know...

    But the rest of us know that Iommi fans are legion,
    and they are a tenacious lot, and if you're a fan of his music,
    you might be willing to pay for and play a guitar that looks like his.
    Only you can decide if the feel of it is what you want, but remember
    that the human hand can play any instrument from a mandolin to a
    double bass with no problems... so if you want this guitar bad enough,
    you can play it.

    Supposedly this signature guitar has Iommi's special design pickups
    and it has the inlays that give it the Sabbath look. So really, for a fan
    all you need is to get this guitar professionally setup and you ought
    to be able to turn it up and play it loud. There's no guarantee that
    you could ever sound like he does, because you don't have his backstage
    crew and sound crew to manage your tone like he does.

    Here's a link:
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/EGTIEBNH--epiphone-tony-iommi-sg-custom-guitar-ebony

    This seems like a lot for an Epiphone, but Eppie prices have been going up
    in parallel with Gibson's troubles.
    If you can't find one to play, getting your guitar from Sweetwater is the next best
    thing. You pay more, but no shipping or sales tax and they will set it up for you.
    They've got guys there who know how to do it.
    IMHO a well setup Epiphone can take its place onstage alongside instruments costing
    much more, and not give up much.

    Good luck in your quest, and if you decide to get one,
    we'd like to see some pictures, and to hear your review.
     
  4. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    A real fan would have at least three SG.
    Some with P-90's, some with Humbuckers.
    Tunings would be E, C#, E-flat.
    One SG for each tuning.
    Covers all eras of the entire discography.
     
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    If you really want a cool Tony Iommi SG prefer a real Gibson SG Special with Gibson Tony Iommi humbuckers or, better, Jaydee custom Tony Iommi Monkey pickups and pickup surrounds


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  6. vancouverois

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    Thanks Col but actually I was just out of curiosity wondering about the feel of this high end Epi, I like Black Sabbath but like donepearce said:
    I totally agree with you!

    On the topmost this signature model may be out of production or sold out because it's so rare that not a store in my area has one.
     
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    I heard about these Monkey pickups, though I didn't know they were made by this gentleman Jaydee.
    Merci Papagayo!
     
  8. HackeIommi

    HackeIommi Active Member

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    Sorry, I couldn't wrote for sometime because of internet problems. As an 2015 Ltd Epiphone Tony Iommi owner, I wrote all my thoughts here:

    http://www.everythingsg.com/threads/epiphone-ltd-ed-2015-tony-iommi-sg-custom-review.36021/

    You can ask me whatever you want.
     
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  9. vancouverois

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    Thanks a lot for your review, very helpful and pretty well done.
    So these Iommi pickups seem to be quite interesting according to your review.
    May be one of these days I will see one in a store to give it a try.
    You're totally right always see in person and try when you can.

    How are these Iommi pickups when used with a clean amp?
     
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    Hi again.

    My amp doesn't have a decent clean channel. Therefore I have to do the same thing with my other guitars. I use volume pots. I can get a beautiful and dark clean tone. Here is a trick: Because of the fewer trebles, you can't hear actual breaking up. It sounds like pickups breaking harder than the other 15k pickups. When I was buying, I played in a 50 watts Marshall tube amp -DSL or JCM, I can't remember now. Sounded well with the clean channel of those Marshall too.
     
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  11. vancouverois

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    Thanks a lot, it seems these pickups are well built. I checked on the web and they're not available anymore. The darkness you described may be an asset on some trebley rigs. I'm sure one of these days I will have the pleasure to try this Epi.
     
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    Good luck mate :cheers:
     
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