Epiphone Tony Iommi SG Special: a More Affordable Version of the Black Sabbath Guitarist's Signature
After the expensive SG models from the Black Sabbath guitarist, Gibson's subsidiary brand has come up with a more affordable Epiphone Tony Iommi SG Special model. It is offered in both right-handed and left-handed version and features a strap button embedded in the top corner of the body, which is unusual for the SG series.
The copy of the so-called "Mokey SG" has a body made of two pieces of mahogany and a mahogany glued neck with a rounded Iommi C profile. The fingerboard made of Indian Laurel with a radius of 12 inches (305 mm) carries 22 medium jumbo frets, round position markers, cream edge binding and a 43 mm wide Graph Tech nut.
Nickel-plated hardware consists of a fully adjustable wraparound bridge and all-metal Grover Rotomatic tuning machines. The sound is transmitted by a pair of Epiphone PRO P-90 pickups with chrome covers, controlled by separate volume and tune with high-quality potentiometers CTS and capacitors Orange Drop. Switching is handled by a three-position Switchcraft switch, and the same manufacturer also supplied a reliable output jack.
The instrument in a transparent Vintage Cherry lacquer, combined with a five-layer black pickguard, costs just under €1,000 on the European market, including the hard case, the "monkey" sticker known from Iommi's vintage Gibson original and other accessories.
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