By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into an innovative
future, Gibson has set the stage for the next era of shaping sound for
present and future generations. The new Gibson celebrates the iconic
models of Gibson’s Golden Era while leaning into the future with
instruments that nurture new players across generations, genders
and genres of music. Gibson is proud to partner with the
legendary guitarist of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi to create the Tony
Iommi ‘Monkey’ 1964 SG Special Replica, a limited edition of his beloved 1964 Special SG. The Tony Iommi Monkey SG, is available
worldwide and on display at the Gibson experience space (3rd Floor,
Ballroom A) during Winter NAMM
2020 in Anaheim, CA.
career, like the man himself, is universally loved and revered. And while his
innovative tuning and playing styles were a major part of his monstrous tones,
a Gibson SG named “Monkey” was at the center of it all.
The Tony Iommi ‘Monkey’ 1964 SG Special Replica is a
heavily-modified 1964 SG Special that was used extensively with the
original lineup of Black Sabbath and heard on every album and tour of
the 1970s. Thanks to the meticulous reverse-engineering and painstaking
attention to detail employed by Gibson Custom Shop, 50 exact
replicas have been created, 25 right-handed and 25 left-handed
like the original, each guitar is signed and numbered by Tony Iommi himself.
No detail was overlooked in the construction and aging, telling the complete
story of the “Monkey” from the zero fret to the stop tailpiece
bushings to the legendary pickups, which were hand-made in the
U.K. by the apprentice of the late John Birch.
“Recently I was invited to Nashville by Cesar and JC who I must tell you are so enthusiastic and passionate,” explains Tony Iommi. “I had the opportunity to go to the factories, meet the people that work there, and I saw how dedicated they all are. Gibson guitars have lifted a million times, and with the new team being totally involved, that’s what’s been missing in Gibson for a long time now. There’s no stopping them, which is great for all of us guitar players,” adds Iommi.
“Tony Iommi’s iconic riffs, heavy tones and massively-influential albums created the blueprint for Heavy Metal and many other genres to follow,” explains Cesar Gueikian, Chief Merchant Officer of Gibson. “Having the opportunity to work with Tony to recreate his original 1964 SG is the ultimate honor for all of us at Gibson.”
Each Tony Iommi ‘Monkey’ 1964 SG Special Replica will include an exclusive replica of Tony’s silver cross necklace with a coffin case, a replica of Tony’s leather touring guitar strap and a 1960s replica case.
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