Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has partnered with Gibson to create the Tony Iommi "Monkey" 1964 SG Special Replica, a limited edition of his beloved 1964 Special SG.

The original was used extensively with the original lineup of Sabbath and heard on every album and tour of the 1970s. Identified by its cartoon monkey sticker, Iommi's 1964 Special SG became his main instrument when his white Stratocaster broke after Sabbath recorded "Wicked World" on its self-titled 1970 debut album.

Iommi told us not long ago that determination has always been the key to his success and longevity: "I've always been the same. I always have to try to get over that barrier, whatever it may be, and do it, you know. And that's continued in what I do with the music. Because I'm determined to do it, I'm determined to carry on. And it's been with everything like that."

Now Gibson has created 50 exact replicas of the SG, 25 right-handed and 25 left-handed, each signed and numbered by Iommi. The original is now on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City's Times Square.

Iommi told Guitarist magazine, "I'm amazed that they've been able to duplicate this exactly -- even down to the screws and the rust on them. It really is amazing. To me, if you put the two together, I wouldn't be able to tell. It's great, and I'm really proud of it. It feels comfortable to have. I'm very happy with them. They've done a great job."

Each Tony Iommi "Monkey" 1964 SG Special Replica includes an exclusive replica of Tony's silver cross necklace with a coffin case, a replica of Tony's leather touring guitar strap and a 1960s replica case.