Not for the first time, Epiphone will pay homage to SG master Toni Iommi. But this new Epiphone Ltd. ED. Tony Iommi Signature SG Custom model looks set to be the best yet - a fitting tribute to the Black Sabbath legend who inspired many guitarists to pick up a SG! Here's all the info about the guitar, announced this week at Musikmesse in Frankfurt.
This year at Musikmesse 2015, Epiphone is hosting a special appearance by Tony Iommi, who will appear at the Epiphone Booth to sign autographs during the Musikmesse Tradeshow Friday, April 17. And as a special treat for conference attendees, Epiphone will also preview the new Ltd. Ed. Tony Iommi Signature SG Custom.
A few years ago, Epiphone released the G-400 Toni Iommi signature, a fine guitar as it was, but the new model - a SG Custom - is more upmarket and bares better specs. Even if it wasn't a signature model, it'd be a pretty awesome guitar anyway, but the extra touches make it even more special:
It features the historic SG profile--now a Tony Iommi trademark--with a Mahogany body finished in beautiful gloss Ebony. The Mahogany neck has a 1960's SlimTaper™ D- profile and a black graphite nut and the Ebony fingerboard has Pearloid "Cross" inlays with white binding and a Tony Iommi signature on the back of the headstock.
For his Ltd. Ed. signature SG, the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" chose Gibson USA's Tony Iommi Signature Humbuckers in both the lead and rhythm positions. Production will be limited to 2,000 guitars and each will include a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity along with a binder and photograph of Tony Iommi. An optional hard case is also available.
"This guitar sounds like I want it to sound on stage," said Iommi. "I play it at home in the studio as well. It uses my signature pickups, which we worked on for quite a while over the years. It's got a great fretboard with a really nice feel. And, it's just a really classy looking guitar."
While we wait for the official release of this guitar, later in the Summer, here's some classic Black Sabbath to get you inspired!
By Ivan Silva