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Epiphone Tony Iommi Signature G-400 Electric Guitar

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The Epiphone Tony Iommi Signature G-400 Electric Guitar is what you want for hardcore, heavy hitting sound. Classic SG attitude is enhanced with moth...Click To Read More About This Product

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An axe worthy of a metal master.

The Epiphone Tony Iommi Signature G-400 Electric Guitar is what you want for hardcore, heavy hitting sound. Classic SG attitude is enhanced with mother-of-pearl cross fingerboard inlays, black chrome hardware, and a matching black finish on the solid mahogany body. The slim-tapered mahogany neck is fast and the Gibson USA Tony Iommi pickups put out the firepower required for maximum destruction. The Locktone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece add sustain and make string changing easier.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Ebony finish
  • Set, mahogany slim-tapered neck
  • 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with cross inlays
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.6875" nut width
  • Gibson USA Tony Iommi humbuckers
  • Locktone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Black chrome hardware

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4.6

(based on 59 reviews)

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what's with the bad reviews?

I bought the Tony Iommi sg because it looks cool, but I was completely blown away by the sound! Yes the neck is heavy but c'mon, use a leather strap and when you...Read complete review

I bought the Tony Iommi sg because it looks cool, but I was completely blown away by the sound! Yes the neck is heavy but c'mon, use a leather strap and when you get used to the weight it feels very natural. I'm running this through a gt-8, b-52 head and 1960-a cab. And it leaves my gibsons and bc riches in the dust. The volume and tone controls really affect the overall tonal output, (almost seems active). I run my volume on about 5 and the tone on bridge at about 5 also. I've been playing hard rock guitar professionally for 20 years and this is the sound I was always looking for.

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Crap!

This guitar is crap. Tony Iommi should be ashamed for letting them put his name on it. This Korean made junk will never measure up to a true Gibson SG. All the hardware...Read complete review

This guitar is crap. Tony Iommi should be ashamed for letting them put his name on it. This Korean made junk will never measure up to a true Gibson SG. All the hardware is cheap, soft "pot meatal" and wears out faster than the strings, the pickups are NOT Gibson USA, but rather just more MADE IN KOREA junk, the neck ways a ton and is HUGE, the finish is an inch thick of platicky-polyurethane, the binding is cheaply done, the headstock barely angles back and the strings go out of tune,. Don't waste your money, go buy a real, American made Gibson and you'll have a great guitar that will last you forever. This thing didn't last more that 2 months.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Guitar!!!!

By Shawn Hall

from Anchorage Alaska

This is the one guitar that is worth its weight in gold! The pickups scream! the neck is perfect and the crosses rule!!!!!! I put skinny top, heavy bottom Ernie Ball's on it and they make this guitar rule! The hardware is supreme and the grover tuners are perfect too! I love this guitar!!! It my main ax for all my gigs and I get nothing but compliments from other musicians as well!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

what's with the bad reviews?

By jai

from johnstown, pa

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I bought the Tony Iommi sg because it looks cool, but I was completely blown away by the sound! Yes the neck is heavy but c'mon, use a leather strap and when you get used to the weight it feels very natural. I'm running this through a gt-8, b-52 head and 1960-a cab. And it leaves my gibsons and bc riches in the dust. The volume and tone controls really affect the overall tonal output, (almost seems active). I run my volume on about 5 and the tone on bridge at about 5 also. I've been playing hard rock guitar professionally for 20 years and this is the sound I was always looking for.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best gutiar that broke on me.

By Gitrhero

from Anchorage, AK

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I absolutely loved this guitar. The pickups, the body, the neck shape, everything.. it became my favorite instantly, over an ESP KH-2, an Ibanez JS-1000, and my Ibanez RG-420. The only problem, is that the headstock fell off over night, leaving me with dangling spaghetti over the beautiful body after owning it for less than 3 months. I miss it.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does the job extremely well

By AxeMan99

from Melbourne Florida

I own a Gibson Les Paul Standard, a Gibson SG Classic, a 1984 Gibson SG Standard, and a Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster, and I gotta tell you this Signature G400 fits right in there with all of them. I can't say it's better by any means, but for the price it's a great contender. I bought it for my bands Sabbath Set, mostly for the Evil looks because the Gibson SGs I have handle Sabbath very well and also anything else for that matter, but the truth is this G400 really gives me the preferred heavy sound out of all of them. It played great out of the box, but much better after a set-up.

(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I bought it.. sold it

By notryt

from toledo ohio

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.. pickups are too harsh .neck is thinner than a strat or schecter. weight of a conventional sg.. sorta heavy... but man it does look awesome sitting in the case.. the looks alone will draw you in. the sound however will eventually drive you out... this is definitely a heavy metal guitar...
Not the best bang for the buck.. and you can get a standard g-400 that is very good passive pu guitar. For about the same scratch pick up a schecter c-1 hellraiser... out of the box is a far better investment.... I sold my Tony-I for a big loss and it was 7 mo old. neck pickup is actually too hot to be usable at volume. I own a strat and I prefer the neck of the strat over the tony-i.. the c-1 has a simular feel to a strats neck.. but more frets.. anything past 21 is actually overkill any way...
the constuction is top notch.. hi-gloss black as expected.. impossible to keep clean. bridge pickup is hotter than a normal g-400.. neck pickup is so hot its almost unusable.. better just use a dog whistle
Initially thought this would be a good investment.. I knew I was buying an epiphone.. own an epi les paul that i actually love. So its like buying a brand new car loose 20 % walking out the door with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is an excellent guitar for any style and skill level. the neck is great and so are the pickups. i play a lot of AC/DC and this guitar gives all the true sounds. if you get this guitar you might notice that is goes out of tune easy. just take it to the nearest guitar repair shop and have them put Graghphite under the nut. also the action is very high have them ajust the Truss rod and lower the action. ounce you do that it is excellent.

 
5.0

Iommi's Godfather of Metal Axe!!

By Draconian_Dreams

from Warner Robins, GA

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I cannot write anything negative about this guitar. It sounds great, it plays great and the price is killer. The Iommi pickups really scream. Tune it to C# and that familiar Black Sabbath sound will come roaring out your amp!!! Do not wait - order one today!!!

 
4.0

One Amazing Guitar

By Wolfe-IGvo3

from California, USA

This guitar does have its ups and downs, but get it set up properly and it's amazing! I definitely recommend this guitar, but take it to your local guitar shop as soon as you get it.Pros:-Ridiculously low action once you get it set up properly-Sounds amazing distorted-No fret buzz once set up properly-Lightweight-Fast, "Wizard" profile neck-High frets are effortless to reachCons:-Action is super high until you get it set up properly-Bridge needs to be put on backwards to intonate properly-G string tends to go flat-Clean sound is very bassy-Input jack is in a really bad spot. I stepped on my cable once and CRACK! I spent about $30 to get it fixed and they put a plate on it...be REALLY careful with this!-Neck heavy, but to fix that just go to Guitar Center and buy one of those straps with the bullets on it, and put it on BACKWARDS! Doing that PERFECTLY balances this beast.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Tonni don't play Gibsons, or Epiphones

By Col. Klink

from East Oakland, ca

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So why would you buy this? I got it as a replacement for a factory defected Epi Les Paul. And have regreted it every since. I was jazzed about getting it because of the pickups. But then I played it. I have a dimebucker in my 81 custom Les Paul. That pickup has sack. These pickups suck. And yes, the headstock falls when you strap it on. It's time to make money! And they're doing very well at it.

 
5.0

Great Gutiar

By zildjian player

from australia

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Everything about this guitar is amazing. It is worth your money

 
4.0

Not enough low end....

By Phil Blacklaw

from Undisclosed

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I am flabbergasted at the dearth of low end this guitar has...I mean come on, it's Sabbath! Some caveats though: I played it used through a Blackstar 100 watt head on a halfstack. Perhaps a slightly trebly amp..I'm not very familiar with them...but my 8 string sounded excellent through it. Granted, it may have been a letdown because I've been looking for a store that has this SG for years and years, so my expectations may have been too high.

Keep in mind that Tony Iommi used ultra light strings, 8s I believe (still does) and a treble booster rather than a distortion pedal in classic Sabbath, so that could contribute to the lack of bass. Also, Sabbath is as crushingly heavy as it is because of Geezer and Bill: it isn't all Tony.

The one I played indeed had light strings, possibly 9s, and they were very old, perhaps even rusted, so I'm sure that's a factor. At length, I downtuned it to C# Standard to play the lower Sabbath songs. Of course, the low tuning will not hold up as well as heavier gague string, but I had the bass of the amp turned all the way up (on a halfstack), and it was still too trebly.

The tone is rich, thick, and biting otherwise, if a little too bright. It does have better pickups than other Epiphone SGs, and plays very well overall. It is a lot of fun to play this guitar. My criticisms regardless, when I did the half-step trills playing "Black Sabbath"...I was pretty much in heaven. "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "A National Acrobat" sounded pretty awesome too, but those songs deviate from Tony's typical sound.

 
3.0

ok guitar

By shredocaster

from califrnia

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This guitar looks wicked at first site but when you pluck it in to an amp it sounds like crap. You cant play any type metal on this guitar because the pickups sucks. It lacks clarity and it doesnt cut through. If you get this guitar be prepared to be disapointed in the pickups. Switch em out with blackout pickups and this guitar will rule. Ive tried about 4 different pickups on this guitar and the blackouts work best. Dont put EMGs in there its too overrated.

 
5.0

Gibson SG without the Gibson price!

By Impalafarmer

from Worcester, MA

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Let's face it folks, what you have here is an incredible value, signed by one of the greatest Guitar Gods of our time. An all mahogany SG with the hottest covered humbuckers Gibson makes and Grover tuners = ONE AWESOME GUITAR no matter WHERE it's made. Having been gone over by Gibson's luthiers on site probably didn't hurt, and I can tell you this guitar is flawless. I also own a 68 Gibson SG and this instrument equals it in quality, sound and playability. In fact, considering my SG has the old "slim-taper" neck this one is actually easier for me to play! Considering Gibson no longer produces the Iommi, here is your only chance to own one and I recommend it highly. INCREDIBLE sound and action!

 
5.0

Wow is all I have to say

By KDNC

from North Carolina

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I've had this guitar for 4 years now. I absolutely love it. I play it mostly in C or B, with some pretty heavy gauge strings. It handles ANYTHING. The tone knobs work great when working with different tones. With the neck pickup, you really can bend anywhere without getting a ton of feedback. And on the treble setting you can pull out any harmonic and this thing will sustain it for as long as you can pull. The ONLY problem I've had with it, is that the fret inlays cut off at the 12th fret. I play a lot of progressive/tech metal and when doing tapping at the end of arpeggios, things can get a bit tricky but after a while you'll get used to it. This is hands down one of the best guitars you can get with your money. Buy it.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar

By EpiphoneShredder

from Salisbury, MD

This is my second guitar next to some cheap sorry excuse for a guitar and this thing is amazing! Best guitar I've ever played. The fretboard is slick, pinch harmonics are easy with the pickups, and overall this guitar is just plain awesome.

 
5.0

The Best Epiphone.

By HolyDiver

from Nashville, TN

I've had this guitar a little over a year, and I love it. You can get a classic 70's hard rock tone, a classic thrash sound ala Metallica or Testament, and it sounds good clean too. If you're going to get an Epiphone, get this one. I've played a lot of Epiphones in guitar stores, and this one comes out on top. I even prefer this one to the Gibsons I've played. The only thing I don't like about this guitar is the toggle switch, a few months ago it started shorting out when I flipped to the neck pickup once and a while, but that's not that big a deal, since I usually just use the bridge pickup anyway. So yeah, this guitar is NOT a cheapo beginner's guitar, if you play metal, this guitar will satisfy, I promise.

 
5.0

Noiseless Metal Machine

By Bassman

from Oconomowoc, wi

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This baby rocks out! Heavy-duty construction, great sound, and a black beauty. The pickups are powerful and noiseless. The fretboard and neck are smooth and fast, but a bit fat for that heavy sound. Highly recomended for hard rock in any style!

 
5.0

This guitar Rocks!

By Maeledar

from Eugene, OR

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Out of the box it was pretty damned good, after a fresh set of strings and tiny bit of touch up on the intonation.. Man this thing really is a wonderful instrument. Great action and playability, excellent access to the upper frets, all around kick butt guitar.

 
5.0

Bone Crunching Dream

By Alyce Ruuder

from Scottsbluff, NE

You will not believe the sound of this guitar, from clean to heavy distortion, everything is there. I have garageband on the Mac, and have not found the right sound on that, but through my line 6, have never heard better. The extra frets throw you off for awhile, but you'll get used to it.

 
5.0

Not quite as good as i thought it would be...

By Yo mama-zUlkx

from In yo mama's house

I have nothing bad to say about this guitar. The only thing that dissaponted me is that I cant get that Black Sabbath sound out of my Marshall. Other than that, this is a great guitar. I take it to all my gigs. The cracked fretboard is a nice touch too.

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