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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi: Overcoming the Impossible

Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, October 1974

BLACK SABBATH lead guitarist Tony Iommi stands well over six-feet tall and plays like he has six fingers. Not bad, since several years ago Tony hacked off the ends of his middle and ring fingers on his right hand (he plays left-handed), and consequently had to completely alter his playing. Struggling with various types of plastic tips which he placed at the ends of the fingers, he has since gone on to become one of the more stylistic players on the rock scene today.

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