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Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup
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The kind of pickup your mom warned you about!

The Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup is the same humbucker that Tony Iommi uses in his Signature Gibson SG to give Black Sabbath its legendary sound. Unique pickup design delivers heavy punch, balanced lows, blistering mids, and razor-edged highs. Patented magnet configuration and special wire winding ensure maximum sustain; wax and epoxy potting prevent unwanted feedback. Gibson uses 4-conductor wiring in the Tommy Iommi Pickup to make it adaptable for any desired wiring design.

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  • Coil Tapping is a MUST!!

    As reviewed by wolfsrun on 2/1/2010

    I recently purchased a set of Tony Iommi humbuckers after 2 years of a curiosity that would not be satisfied. It should be noted that when you purchase one here on this site, they recommend a push/pull 500K pot. This is sound advice as far as these pickups go. For those that are looking for hot passive pickups that are in the vein of active pickups in terms of tone, these are not those pickups. In fact, these pickups as regular humbuckers are actually very dark and to be honest if someone installed them as such I can't see how most players would be satisfied with the tone they produce in this manner. These pickups do not deliver as promised unless they are coil tapped. If untapped, you do get a thick, dark, heavy sound that is ideal for leads and single note riffing. Tap the coils and you get a nice, beefy, punchy clear sound that is reminiscent of a P-90 single coil. I installed these with a full Jimmy Page harness and since doing this I have them tapped more times often than not (usually the neck) while running a reverse phase. I suppose there was a reason Gibson sold these in a 4 wire configuration, and based on Iommi's own history with his guitars, it wouldn't surprise me if this is what they were designed around....a pickup that sounded as close as possible to a P-90 tapped with a very heavy sound untapped. Those are the Iommis in a nutshell. (Also: I have read about some players employing 1 meg pots against these pickups, but that usually comes at the expense of volume control. In conclusion, I can't state this strongly enough: COIL TAP THESE PICKUPS!

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  • Iommi humbucker

    As reviewed by Tommy Ionni on 2/16/2011

    I bought one of these right when they came out and didn't like them until I did some research on Tony's style. Since 1970 he has been using super light strings. You can go to his website and he says that he uses .008 .008 .011 .018w .024w .032 I found this to be unbelievable but after seein Sabbath live in 2004 I decided to commit myself to these string gauges also. Tony also used a treble boost pedal in a lot of the early recordings so I got a Danneberg electronics oc44 germanium super ranger. Now I love this pickup! Volume plays a big part in this setup too. I set my amp with all controls at 0 except treble and mid at ten. Crank the volume as loud as you can and if you have a tube amp you should sound closer to Tony than you ever have before.

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  • Excellent pickup but way overpriced

    As reviewed by Metaldude on 6/29/2007

    I have played the Iommi g-400 that had these pickups and they sounded great. Best distortion I've heard in my life. Before, the chrome ones were $120 a piece, and I wanted to save up for them, but now the price is jacked up $40 more dollars. It is a very good pickup but too expensive. I would just go with Rockfield pickups instead. They are way cheaper but sound as good as any overpriced Gibson, Seymour Duncan, or Dimarzio pickup.

    42 of 67 people found this review helpful.
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