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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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4.7

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Powerful and Articulate!

I just bought a Gibson SGJ and an Iommi pickup. I played around with the stock 490T in the bridge position for a little while before I put the Iommi in the bridge. If...Read complete review

I just bought a Gibson SGJ and an Iommi pickup. I played around with the stock 490T in the bridge position for a little while before I put the Iommi in the bridge. If you know Gibson 490 pickups, you know that they're decent with the right setup, but it's hard to get clear definition of each string when you hit a chord under heavy distortion. I dropped the Iommi in then plugged into a Marshall half stack. This pickup LIT UP. With volume and tone all the way up on the guitar, the Iommi pickup had searing highs and thumping bass all at the same time. Turn the volume down, and you'll get a cool crunch instead of all out distortion without losing your sound. Turn the tone down and the Iommi darkens up. Rhythms sound amazing and so do leads without even switching pickups. The range between 0 and 10 on the volume and tone alike is incredible. I've never had a pickup that is so flexible. You could play ANYTHING with this pickup; metal, rock, blues, jazz, alternative, etc. I don't have a single major complaint, only that I wish it came with the options of more colors/finishes and the new Gibson quick-connect plugs. My new SGJ had a flat black (EMG-like) pickup covers and the new quick-connect wiring. I called Musician's Friend to make sure that the black of the Iommi pickup would match the black of the original pickups, so that my bridge and neck pickups would match. The representative told me that they would be the same aesthetically. However, the Iommi is actually black chrome, not flat black like the representative told me. Now I have a flat-black neck pickup and a black chrome bridge pickup, but I'll definitely be putting another Iommi in the neck very soon to match since it sounds so great. Lastly, as far as I know, the Iommi pickup does not have the quick-connect wiring that I mentioned before, so I had to cut the quick-connect plug off of the original 490T and solder it onto the Iommi so it would plug into my pots. It's not a big deal, as soldering used to be universal when it came to pickup upgrades. It would just be convenient if Gibson offered the quick-connect option for this pickup to go along with their own quick-connect guitars. I know they do it for several other pickups. Overall though, I love this new pickup and it was worth every penny.

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Not nearly all they are cracked up to be

I have a Gibson Custom Shop '61 Les Paul Custom SG Reissue, and I excitedly awaited my new Tony Iommi Pickups, 3 of them. I paid a hefty price, and quite frankly,...Read complete review

I have a Gibson Custom Shop '61 Les Paul Custom SG Reissue, and I excitedly awaited my new Tony Iommi Pickups, 3 of them. I paid a hefty price, and quite frankly, if it's searing heavy chunky tone that you are after, you probably will be somewhat disappointed. I anticipated my SG to sound better than ever, and suprised to hear that after installing these, found that they didn't sound nearly as good as the other after-market pickups that I had in the guitar. They are very expensive, They did make my guitar look much better, but the sound that they dish out doesn't warrant the price, and the description of the tone isn't exactly accurate. I immediately noticed significantly reduced overall output level. The low end response of these pickups is good but in my opinion, the mids are almost non-existent. If I want a scooped tone, I will set one up on my amp. With less mid bark, my sound has lost a lot of harmonics. They are quiet. If you are looking to "Beef Up" your sound, then perhaps a truly hot humbucker from one of the other manufacturers would be better choice. I put my old pickups back in, and sent these back. Not recommended. These are the pickups your mom warned you about, not the sound.... just the price. Total waste of money.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Powerful and Articulate!

By Gibson Addict

from West Virginia

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Pros

  • Excellent Clarity
  • Good Quality
  • High output
  • Improves Sound
  • Superb Tonal Range

Cons

  • No
  • No Quick-connect Option
  • Not Many Color Options

Best Uses

  • Anything
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

I just bought a Gibson SGJ and an Iommi pickup. I played around with the stock 490T in the bridge position for a little while before I put the Iommi in the bridge. If you know Gibson 490 pickups, you know that they're decent with the right setup, but it's hard to get clear definition of each string when you hit a chord under heavy distortion. I dropped the Iommi in then plugged into a Marshall half stack. This pickup LIT UP. With volume and tone all the way up on the guitar, the Iommi pickup had searing highs and thumping bass all at the same time. Turn the volume down, and you'll get a cool crunch instead of all out distortion without losing your sound. Turn the tone down and the Iommi darkens up. Rhythms sound amazing and so do leads without even switching pickups. The range between 0 and 10 on the volume and tone alike is incredible. I've never had a pickup that is so flexible. You could play ANYTHING with this pickup; metal, rock, blues, jazz, alternative, etc. I don't have a single major complaint, only that I wish it came with the options of more colors/finishes and the new Gibson quick-connect plugs. My new SGJ had a flat black (EMG-like) pickup covers and the new quick-connect wiring. I called Musician's Friend to make sure that the black of the Iommi pickup would match the black of the original pickups, so that my bridge and neck pickups would match. The representative told me that they would be the same aesthetically. However, the Iommi is actually black chrome, not flat black like the representative told me. Now I have a flat-black neck pickup and a black chrome bridge pickup, but I'll definitely be putting another Iommi in the neck very soon to match since it sounds so great. Lastly, as far as I know, the Iommi pickup does not have the quick-connect wiring that I mentioned before, so I had to cut the quick-connect plug off of the original 490T and solder it onto the Iommi so it would plug into my pots. It's not a big deal, as soldering used to be universal when it came to pickup upgrades. It would just be convenient if Gibson offered the quick-connect option for this pickup to go along with their own quick-connect guitars. I know they do it for several other pickups. Overall though, I love this new pickup and it was worth every penny.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Get Down With The Thickness!

By B-rad

from Cleveland OH

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Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

I bought this PU back in '99 and wasn't terribly impressed with it. It sat in my closet for years unused until I read Chuck Burnam's review on this page about using 1meg pots with it(see below) I decided to try it out in an Sg special with a 1meg vol. pot. Man I'm glad I did. I now lovingly refer to this thing as my EMG Killer. Chords are thick and huge, leads are sweet and articulate, and harmonics are easy and natural. This pickup was designed to be played on high volume with very high gain levels. I run it through my JCM 2000 Dsl 100w on Lead2 with the gain maxed (which is normally too intense for stock Gibson PUs) and this thing just screams. It LOVES gain. The more you can slather onto it, the more responsive and dynamic it becomes, and you can still easily control the feedback. Unlike many high output PUs, this one has its own unique voice; its very distinctive, with a dark low midrange character. Its also much warmer and organic sounding than EMGs. Many Thanxs to Chuck B for helping me rediscover this amazing pickup.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

There's a trick to these

By WolfsRun

from Sacramento, CA

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Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

After wondering about these pickups for almost 2 years and reading the reviews, I couldn't resist it anymore! I bought a set and installed them in my Gibson LP Studio.I'll admit that these are dark sounding pickups. To be honest someone who plays metal might not like them, and someone who plays classic rock will not find satisfaction with the tone of these if they are installed as straight up humbuckers. I also didn't want to take the 1 meg pot option because that comes at the expense of volume control.IMHO if someone really wants to get the tones out of these pickups, GET COIL TAPPING. I can't state this enough. I installed a full Jimmy Page harness against them and in this configuration the pickups shine brightly. With the humbucker tones you'll get a nice, thick lead tone that as advertised sounds better as the amplifier increases in volume and gain. Coil tap the pickups and you will get this nice, beefy rhythm tone that delivers a punch reminiscent of a P-90 pickup. The pickups will not lose string separation no matter how high you set them, but at the same time once the coil tap is installed and these pickups are installed at a regular height, it is in this way that the pickups live up to their expectations.(Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend these vs. other Gibson pickups for classic rockers and active pickups for metal players.)

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Use 1Meg Pots And They Come Alive!

By Chuck Burnham

from Ely, Nevada

Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

I've used these pickups for several years in my Gibson Flying V with 1 Meg Potentiometers. With anything less - like the 500K Pots, they are not the same pickup. I've read a lot of reviews that pan these pickups and unless you use 1 Meg Pots, I understand their disappointment. It's all in the wiring - also, when you split the coils, wire them to switch between parallel or series - not just single coil or both coils as you would with any other pickup. It makes all the difference!

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rockin Pickups

By Bill Franklin

from Texas

Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

I challenge these pickups each and every day. I max-out my amp settings and control with my Volume and Tone knobs, pumping a Marshall 100 double stack. No Problems. I challenge You to see what you can do.
Put a pair in my 1969 LP gold top in 1999. NO Problems, play any type of music you want to. I play with a neck action set @ 0.005 " ( the thickness of a sheet of paper) Love these T I 's.
You Pay for What You Get.
The Value just keeps going up.

(2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

THESE HAVE NO SACK

By Col. Klink

from East Oakland, ca

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Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

I have the Epiphone version of his signiture guitar and it has these pickups in it. They have no gain at all. I was excited to get the guitar for these overpriced pickups. I have a Dimebucker in my 81 custom Les Paul. THAT pickup kills. These just die.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Doesn't deliver

By GTO6T6

from Lincoln, NE

Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

This pickup has nowhere near the high output that it claims. You should definitely play through a guitar equipped with this pickup before throwing down your hard earned $$$. I installed this in the bridge position of a faded SG and compared it to the sounds of the bridge 498T in my SG standard. The 498T had more output! I then tried changing the volume pot from 300k to 500k since the Iommi pickup is around 16K DC resistance vs. the ~ 9K of the original 490T. It made no difference. Maybe the early batches of this pickup were good, but the current product is sub-par.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best pickups For Gibson

By Ben Shafer-oBqSI

from Buena vista/VA

Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

These pickups are the best pickups I have. I bought It with the Tony Iommi signature g-400. and I can make those pickups whale, seriously. 5 star rating. Great pickups for a greaty price. If you can aford them. Buy them!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow- unexpectedly GREAT

By RockstarBoyfriend

from Seattle

Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

I bought a '75 Gibson Deluxe that had its mini humbuckers replaced with full size humbuckers-- a Seymour Duncan 59 at the neck and a black chrome Iommi at the bridge. If I liked it, I was gonna change the pickups, so I played it unplugged. Just had major mojo-- great neck, beautiful wood. When I got it home and plugged it into my '65 JTM45 combo... BAM!!! Wow! Never heard such a rowdy yet articulate pickup before. The volume and punch of a ceramic magnet with the charm and warmth of vintage PAF's. Combined with the SD '59 it's a perfect mix. Was gonna replace them both with Antiquities, but not now. Hell no. Awesome pickup!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Lacks range

By George 3

from Okaloosa County, FL

Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

These pickups have great sustain, but they lack in the high end range. If you strike the low open E string, you'd swear you were playing a bass guitar, especially if you're using the neck pickup. I've heard others talk about how much better they sound with 1K pots. I guess I'll have to try that route. I just wish they had a more open tonal range instead of just that deep dark sound.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Iommi knew what he was doing!

By M. Immo

from Ontonagon, MI

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Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

I bought this pickup from my dad when he switched to EMGs. I put this into my Ibanez GAX70 (Which was a terrible guitar) and it really made that guitar sing. It was great to have that same tone as Tony did during the time when Dio was with them, but still goes to some old School Sabbath. The ONLY problem I ever had with this pickup is that the clean would of been a little more better, but not to much to complain about. But either or, you can play a slower tempo song and have the sound of metal and then you could go to trash no problem.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Power, Gain, and Clarity

By TMMC

from Salt Lake City

Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

I'm using mine in the bridge position of a modded 1978 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, and I couldn't be happier. I play the guitar through a VHT Pitbull Super-thirty combo, so there is a LOT of gain, but also creamy mids and crystal clean tones.Without a doubt the best pickup I've ever used. I can play heavy stuff (Metallica, Pantera, Soundgarden--with the drop tunings), Classic stuff (Zeppelin, Sabbath, Beatles, Cream), punk rock (Nofx, Misfits, Avail, Lagwagon, Bad Religion, Rancid, Toy Dolls), and a wide variety of clean tones and bizarre high-gain stuff; it can all be played beautifully with this pickup (assuming you have the talent...ha ha ha).If you're on the fence, BUY it. I gave it all 5.0 except for the the value which I put at 4.0, and that's not cause it's not worth it, but because it's just an expensive pickup--one you will never regret owning.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Simply a loss of power

By audioJoe

from Long Island NY

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Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

Not high output, not defined on the bottom end, but I will say that the top end is sweet if you have bright speakers. I use vintage 30's. If you're looking for "ROAR",this pick-up will NOT provide it! Look into the Duncan Custom SH5, way more defined for low tuning. By the way, I've been playing for 35 years!

(1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

turn away dont waste your money

By theshredder-rs97H

from California,L.A

Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

I have these on my iommi epiphone and they are terrible. It doesnt cut through anything and the power is so weak. This pickup lacks clarity. You cant really play thrash or any kind of metal with this pickup. This pickup should be discontinued. It makes the lowest quality duncan pickup sound good. Dont waste your money on this junk metal players. You should tryout the new blackout pickups. Its an active pickup that sounds superior on distortion and clean. I swear you wont be dissapointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If you got the Epi replace the pots!

By Impalafarmer

from Worcester, MA

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Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

This is probably the best pickup that Gibson makes, unfortunately they know it pricewise. The design is based on the John Birch pickup, which is actually what Iommi used to record the Dio albums. These have a GREAT clean sound, and you can crank them to the moon without that squealing feedback. Get them if you want a solid, dependable pickup in your guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tony Iommi Signature Pickup

By JETIII & IV

from Ringwood, NJ

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Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

Get it if you love heavy rock and roll and feel you do not need wimpy, thin, vintage sounding pickups. This pickup can truly transform a guitar. I took a SD Alnico II Pro out of a 91 SG Jr. and made it into a beast with just ONE of these. You probably don't even need two as they are the same pickup for the neck, or in the bridge.

 
5.0

Awesome.

By dmytro

from Victoria, BC, Canada

Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

This pickup truly soars above all others. Nothing can compare. Built by a true king, for a true king. I'll admit, the price was hefty, but i definitely recommend for any guitar player who like distortion.

 
5.0

As Good as It Gets

By Zero the Hero

from Salem, OR

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Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

If you read Gibson's description of this pick-up you know exactly what to expect-it is spot on. This pickup is yet another big feather in Gibson's cap. The sound is beyond sublime. The midrange and bass have a very, very, evil voodoo vibe but what gets me is the definition and sparkle of the treble. You can shred with these pickups and hear every note, there is no mud in the sound at all. Flawless. Stunning.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not nearly all they are cracked up to be

By Stein?

from St. Louis

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Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

I have a Gibson Custom Shop '61 Les Paul Custom SG Reissue, and I excitedly awaited my new Tony Iommi Pickups, 3 of them. I paid a hefty price, and quite frankly, if it's searing heavy chunky tone that you are after, you probably will be somewhat disappointed. I anticipated my SG to sound better than ever, and suprised to hear that after installing these, found that they didn't sound nearly as good as the other after-market pickups that I had in the guitar. They are very expensive, They did make my guitar look much better, but the sound that they dish out doesn't warrant the price, and the description of the tone isn't exactly accurate. I immediately noticed significantly reduced overall output level. The low end response of these pickups is good but in my opinion, the mids are almost non-existent. If I want a scooped tone, I will set one up on my amp. With less mid bark, my sound has lost a lot of harmonics. They are quiet. If you are looking to "Beef Up" your sound, then perhaps a truly hot humbucker from one of the other manufacturers would be better choice. I put my old pickups back in, and sent these back. Not recommended. These are the pickups your mom warned you about, not the sound.... just the price. Total waste of money.

 
5.0

Wicked sounds

By TheShoegaze1

from Calgary, Canada

Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

I've been using these pickups since I started playing electric, and I personally find them still the best quality humbuckers I've played so far. I play a wide variety of sounds, using both clean and distortion extensively, and they provide excellent tone no matter what. While these pickups were designed for extreme distortion, the clean tone is amazing; I find that while they're a bit thinner than I would like, they have a noticable sustain, good volume, and perfect balance between high and low end tone. In terms of distortion, nothing comes close to these. Depending on the settings, these have the potential to have an extreme buzz-saw like grunge tone, but also a smooth screaming metal tone. while I don't play metal much, they certainly were made to have an outstanding metal tone. I also love the ability to control feedback from these; they like to complain a bit when you crank your volume, but nothing beyond control. The only downfall really is the price, but it's a worthy investment. Overall, extremely versatile, loud, hot... I recommend.

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