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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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      GibsonTony Iommi Guitar Pickup
       
      4.7

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      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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      5.0

      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.

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      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Rockin Pickups

      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.

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      5.0

      Wow- unexpectedly GREAT

      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!

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      4.0

      inconsistent quality from pickup to pickup

      By tom-J1AjT

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

      I brought two of these pickups years apart. i definitely loved the sound and responsiveness of the pickups in each case, but the quality was inconsistent; the first one got scratched up just like any pickup mounted in a guitar you love to play, but never rusted or corroded, yet the second one which has 5 less years of use shows signs of corrosion very quickly despite cleaning the guitar after playing and storing it in a flight case. Again the sound is the same as well as the feel and responsiveness. But, for the price of these i would have liked to see better quality control from gibson

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      5.0

      I definately love em!

      By Guitardid684

      from Milton Delaware

      Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

      Ive had one of these pickups in the bridge position of my Ibanez Destroyer for about 3 years now and I plan to get one for the neck sometime soon. The clean sound is crisp though at high volumes it breaks up a little but I like that. Put this pickup through an old ProCo Rat and you have the ultimate Doom sound! With a tube screamer set at about 9,3 and 9 o'clock you'll get a nice bluesy spank out of em. Honestly, I havent found a style these pickups couldn't handle. I play straight through my Randall amp and get a heavy sound Im very happy with.

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      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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      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.)

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      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.

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      5.0

      OMG!!!!

      By southerndevil

      from dallas

      Comments about Gibson Tony Iommi Guitar Pickup:

      First off these are the best pickups I've ever heard and I've played dimarzio, emg and seymour duncan for two decades. Second, they're very expensive but if you have the money and a solid body guitar then you have to go for it. These damn things will invade your guitar and you will feel like you're playing tony's guitar in black sabbath yourself. I was blown away at these things! I have them in my sg and now I'm gonna put them in my les paul and get rid of the blackouts that I have in it. Gibson hit a heavy metal homerun with these!!!

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      5.0

      Get Down With The Thickness!

      By B-rad

      from Cleveland OH

      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.

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