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Gibson Tony Iommi "Monkey" 1964 SG Special Replica IOMMI #11


A word in advance ...

Spend almost 20,000 € on a guitar? Does it make sense? But seriously … This is not just any guitar, this is a strictly limited collector's item, a precious jewel and, last but not least, a homage to the early days of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. A look back 50 years in the past. To a time when a singer, a drum set, a bass and an electric guitar were enough to create legendary music to last. And one such band was Black Sabbath with their exceptional guitarist Tony Iommi, who despite severed fingertips, delivered an uncompromising Hard Rock and Heavy Metal sound with his Gibson SG "The Monkey". Hand on heart! Which budding hard rocker hasn't thrashed the legendary intro riff of the Black Sabbath classic "Paranoid" at least once in their life?

Addiction factor with potential for increase in value

A detailed reissue of his legendary Gibson SG "The Monkey" has now been reissued by the Gibson Custom Shop in a strictly limited edition of only 50 pieces worldwide (25 right-handed and 25 left-handed versions). Each of the 50 copies was personally signed and serial numbered by Tony Iommi on the back – here with the number # 11. Here you have the unique chance to get an instrument with the original signature of Heavy Metal legend Tony Iommi! A piece of Iommi DNA was immortalized in this SG. In a word ... an exceptional guitar with a high degree of addiction and considerable potential to increase in value! Pure emotion and at the same time a really good investment.

"Monkey" Reissue Specs

Now let's have a look at the specs of the "Monkey", the holy grail of all Iommi guitars. Objectively speaking, we're talking about a reissue of a 1964 Gibson SG. The Gibson Custom Shop has meticulously crafted all the features that make the original "Monkey" so special. Attention was paid to the smallest detail in order to create a 100% replica of this iconic guitar. Over the years the SG has been modified in many ways by Iommi himself and his guitar tech John Birch, resulting in the typical Iommi sound as you know it from many Black Sabbath recordings. The first thing you notice is of course the "Fiddling Monkey" sticker, which symbolizes the name of this unique SG in an impressive way. The original vibrato was removed by Iommi and a fixed wrap-around bridge was installed. The mounting holes of the former vibrato system can still be seen, which of course was recreated in the Gibson Custom Shop. Like many SG players, Tony Iommi has moved the front belt pin to the tip of the horn – It looks strange indeed, but is extremely practical. An absolute specialty, however, are the two pickups that his guitar tech John Birch had developed. These were precisely measured in the Gibson Custom Shop and reproduced in great detail. These are a John Birch "Superflux" pickup in the neck position and a John Birch P-90 pickup on the bridge. Both pickups form the basis for the typical Iommi sound that made Black Sabbath so famous.


As a nice bonus there is a replica of the silver cross that Iommi always wears, which is kept in a small coffin. Additionally there is a replica of Iommi's leather belt. Collector's heart, what more do you want?


  • Series:  Limited Edition Custom Artist
  • Model: SG 1964 Special Right handed
  • Limited to 25
  • Color:  Cherry Red (Aged)
  • Sr. Nr.: #11
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose
  • Strings: 010 - 046 Gibson


  • Material: 1-Pc. Solid Lightweight Mahogany


  • Material: 1-Pc. Mahogany
  • Profile: Recreated from Scan of Original (Medium C)
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Truss Rod: 2-way Adjustable
  • Frets: 22 Dunlop 6190
  • Binding: Cream
  • Inlays: Pearloid Dot
  • Nut Material: Bone with Zero Fret
  • Nut width: 1.695" / 42.85 mm
  • Scale Length: 24.75" / 62,86 cm


  • Neck Pickup: John Birch "Superflux"
  • Bridge Pickup: John Birch P-90 with Signature
  • Switch: 3-way Switchcraft
  • Potentiometer: 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone (CTS 500kOhm Hand-Wired Harness)
  • Output Jack:  Switchcraft


  • Finish: Chrome (Aged)
  • Bridge: Adjustable Wrap-Around
  • Saddle Material: Brass
  • Tuning Keys: Schaller M6
  • Pickguard:  Black 5-Ply Wide Bevel
  • Control Knobs: Black Witch Hats
  • Switch Tip: Black with thin black Switchwasher
  • Truss Rod Cover: 3-Ply Black/White/Black


  • Custom Shop Hardshell Case
  • Gibson Custom Certificate of Authenticity
  • Historic Reissue Hang Tags
  • Replica Silver Cross Necklace in Coffin
  • Replica Heavy Leather Strap

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