Upgraded Tony Iommi Ltd Ed SG

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  1. WytchCrypt

    WytchCrypt Active Member

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    Ya, those cross inlays are the icing on the cake. As far as I can tell there might be another production run coming. Both Sweetwater and Sam Ash (where I bought mine) show them still for sale but currently out of stock, not discontinued. Sweetwater says:

    More On Order
    Reserve yours now risk-free, or contact us for more information


    Sam Ash (where I bought mine) says:

    This item is temporarily out of stock and will require extended delivery time.

    Obviously there's no way to know for sure, but it seems Epi might run another 1000 in 2020 ;)
     
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  2. Demon Dave

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    Actually I’m in contact with a guy who’s selling one from 2017, he’s asking 500€ shipped, we are talking about :smile:
     
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    WytchCrypt Active Member

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    That's great news! I hope the deal works out for you! Even though Sweetwater & Sam Ash say more are on the way, there's no way to be sure with these limited editions...
     
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  4. rocknrollmouse

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    Really like your modding an Iommi SG - considering how he continually modded his to get it how he wanted it, it seems perfectly correct that an guitar built to honour the man should continue his spirit of change to suit the player
     
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    Thanks. Seems I do some level of mod on every electric I buy ;)

    Bought a beautiful black Epi LP Custom back in 2012 but didn't like the pickups so put a Gibson Dirty Fingers in the bridge and some other high output thing in the neck. Bypassed the volume knobs (which I never use) and the tone for the dirty fingers and only left 1 tone knob for the bridge (so I could roll off the treble and get that Robert Fripp 70's King Crimson slippery lead sound). My logic was bypassing unnecessary pots might keep the signal stronger (never measured it to verify, but it sounded logical.) Like the Iommi I also put locking tuners and a roller bridge on the LP. Tried one really crazy mod...bought this thing called a "Stetsbar" which is a drop in trem bridge for LP style guitars - completely OEM, no routing or extra hole drilling necessary (https://stetsbar.myshopify.com/collections/all/products/stetsbar-stop-tail-chrome-stcc-right-hand). It was very tuning stable and fun to have to gently shake and give chords some movement (even in the 80's I was never the dive bomber type) but I eventually removed it because I felt it noticeably reduced the sustain of the B and high E strings. Oh well, not every mod turns out to be an improvement :rofl:

    Here's how it looks today...

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  6. mbenigni

    mbenigni New Member

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    Thanks for posting! I joined the forum just so I could participate in this thread. :D

    I bought a Tony SG about a month ago. I'd been working on Sabotage and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath covers, and everything in the house had a floating bridge. I really needed something with a fixed bridge that I could set up properly for Db. I considered a few options and decided I may as well go full-on fanboi LOL.

    Ironic that an alternate tuning is what inspired the purchase, since the guitar's primary weakness is... tuning? :/ To be fair, I've still got the original strings on it, and I can hear that the intonation needs a little attention at the bridge, but nothing that would account for this. Tuning stability is just glaringly awful. Nut looks/feels OK, so I'm thinking the cheap tuning machines have to go.

    I usually opt for Planet Waves locking tuners just because I like the self-cropping feature. But I am a little concerned about weight, and even more concerned about the need to do any drilling. I'd like to be able to go back to stock if/when I choose to, since the guitar's somewhat collectible (and I'm bound to be sentimental about anything that came in the same box with Tony's autograph, even these shoddy tuners LOL.) I usually like to go black on black with guitars and hardware myself, but in this case I might just upgrade to the chrome Gotoh's to keep the stock look.

    Overall, I think the guitar is an incredible value. Plays great (though I'm not a Gibson man, and scale length/ string spacing have taken some getting used to), looks great, 24 frets, ebony board, cool inlays, nice heel carve... the guitar's got "good bones" as they say in real estate. I got burned by recessed (but only just barely recessed) output jack, when I used a right angle guitar cable, and the connector rotated, leaving a nice gouge in the paint. :( Ah well, it's mine now? :D

    Acoustically it's not the greatest-sounding instrument - somewhat tinny, with some odd resonances - but it sounds fine amplified. I'll stay tuned (LOL?) for more thoughts on the bridge replacement, etc. Maybe there are other paths (e.g. bridge?) to improvement here.
     
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    Congratulations on your new guitar. Good choice! Don't bother about the first battle scars. I even drilled holes for the new tuners I put on. Didn't hesitated long as I intend to keep this guitar (at least for a very long time). I don't experience problems with tuning stability. Or maybe I just got used to it? I tune my guitar every day I pick it up anyway...
    As I said before: Upgrading the nut was a great improvement for me. Apart from that I am very happy with how it is. I'd really advice against locking tuners. They are nice on my Gibson SG but the Epiphone SGs are just not balanced well enough for heavy tuners (in my experience).

    Anyway... enjoy your new SG and keep rocking Sabbath tunes! :dude:
     
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  8. David Elliott

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    Hi, I have an Iommi SG as well and my bridge has lost the chrome where I anchor my palm for muting. It's bare brass now and I do not like the way it looks at all. Any recommendations on a bridge upgrade?
    David
     
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  9. mbenigni

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    Thank you, Worblehat! I'll almost certainly be keeping mine for the rest of my life as well. I like it even more now than the day it arrived, having gotten acclimated to the string spacing, etc.

    As for tuning, I actually have to tune this guitar every song. Sometimes several times per song, if there's any string bending going on. But I was wrong in my previous post about the nut being OK. It was definitely getting hung up on the 3rd string. I also realized I had some buzz at the first fret, and had to raise the action a bit, but the better solution would be an upgraded nut that's cut to a proper depth across all strings.

    All in all, though, what a cool guitar - a steal at around $850!
     
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    You could consider going for the "Monkey" look with a wraparound bridge and exposed stud anchors. (I think Tony has a Badass wraparound on his.)
     

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