Gibson Custom Shop Tony Iommi "Monkey" 1964 SG Special


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Cian Hodge

As legendary as the man who played it. Nicknamed “Monkey”, this is the cheeky chappy behind the original crushing metal tones Tony Iommi mastered as part of Black Sabbath in the ‘70s. Gibson have painstakingly recreated the famous SG, detail to detail. From the modified stop tailpiece to the low powered pickups, this is a homage to one of the greatest metal guitarists ever.

It goes without saying, the Monkey is an extremely limited and highly sought-after Gibson guitar. Only 50 exist worldwide – 25 left-handed and 25 right-hand. Reserve yours now to make sure it ends up in your collection.

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Starting off life as an SG Special, the Monkey is designed to look exactly like the original from the ground up. All the wear and tear, original tailpiece holes and monkey sticker make their way onto the Custom Gibson.

The oversized low output pickups are hand-wound by an apprentice to the late, great John Birch master luthier; the go-to man for the likes of Tony, bandmate Geezer Butler and Queen’s Brian May. They provide the doomy, engulfing sound heard on Sabbath’s early releases.

Body woods include standard SG appointments – the matching mahogany body and neck, and a rosewood fretboard fitted with the zero fret allowing open notes to blend better with fretted chords.

Words from Tony Iommi

“Recently I was invited to Nashville by Cesar and JC who I must tell you are so enthusiastic and passionate. 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, with the new team being totally involved and 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.”

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