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The strange way that Tony Iommi got his first left-handed Gibson guitar

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The strange way that Tony Iommi got his first left-handed Gibson guitar

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi recalled in an interview with Gibson the strange that he got his first left-handed Gibson guitar. He is known for using the guitar model during almost all his career.

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Tony Iommi recalls the strange way he got his first left-handed Gibson guitar:

“I bought an SG off of somebody and it was a right-handed one. ‘Cause I couldn’t – in England, it was hard to get a left-handed guitar, and certainly, a Gibson was hard to get. So, I used to play it upside-down. And then I heard of this chap who was right-handed and played a left-handed guitar upside-down.

“I don’t know how that happened, but I contacted him and we decided to meet in a car park and swap guitars so he’d then have a right-handed guitar and I’d have a left-handed one. And that’s how I got it. A really strange story, but that’s how it did happen. For me, I like it because I like the weight of them and it’s a comfortable guitar to play, I think. You know, I’ve been so used to the SGs all these years and it’s been great.”

“Rock music is not dead”

In a recent interview with Consequence of Sound Iommi said that Rock music is not dead in his opinion: “I don’t think rock is going to die. That’s been said for years. I mean, how many times I’ve heard that statement over the past 50-odd years? It’s quite a lot, really. I think good music is not going to go. There’s always going to be a market for it. There are going to be an amount of bands that fall by the wayside — as there always is, there always will be.”

“But there are certain bands that are going to stick out and going to be there. You’ve got Metallica up there — they’re not going to go away. They’ve got a lot of fans and they’ve got a great fanbase. There are a lot of bands out there. No, the music is not going to go away.”

I am a Brazilian journalist, a Classic Rock and Heavy Metal lover. Music has always been part of my life, helped me through tough moments and was with me to celebrate the good ones. When I became a journalist I knew I wanted to write about my passions. After college I did a postgraduate degree in digital communication. This has helped me to make the website better and bring the best of classic rock to the world! MTB: 0021377/MG

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