After losing several fingertips on his fretting hand in a bizarre factory accident, it didn't seem like Tony Iommi would ever play guitar again. What could have been a career-ending incident ended up fueling Iommi and shaping a playing style that would influence generations of hard-rock guitarists. Widely considered to be the godfather of metal, the Black Sabbath axeman is known for his simple, yet heavy riffing; three-semitone drop-tuning technique; frequent use of dark tritones -- and, of course, for 40 years' worth of heavy music around the world.
You don't need a wall of Laney full stacks to achieve the tone of Tony Iommi (although that would be pretty cool). Read on to learn about a few key pieces of gear that will help you along your way to riffing like metal's elder statesman.
Itching to perfect some Sabbath riffs in exacting detail, but don't want to replace everything in your whole rig? Don't worry -- just check out this exclusive video where we nail the seminal Iommi tone with one simple, yet powerful piece of gear (hint: it has his name on the face plate). Learn more on the zZounds Blog »
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