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Tony Iommi Jaydee 'Old Boy' Custom Guitar

By John Diggins "I was first introduced to Tony back in 1970 when working with John Birch, who was a pioneer of custom made pick-ups making them in such a way that they were mechanically noiseless. In those days Tony used a beautiful Gibson cherry red SG special that had been fitted with some of John’s early pick-ups in the stainless steel covers. It was this guitar that I used as the blueprint for the contours on our own SG. In the following years Tony and I became good friends as I was able to solve some of the niggling intonation problems that he had suffered for many years. He aslo had some of the early prototype John Birch guitars, such as a 24 fret Les Paul shape (pictured) and the first 24 fret black SG with crucifix inlays and stainless steel scratchplate, which he used up until about 1980. I couldn’t make the guitar in John Birches time so I made it at home. It was made on the kitchen table and was completed in about 2 weeks. The lacquer was still soft when it was taken to the US, and it was this factor combined with severe changes in temperature and humidity that caused the paint to crack and flake off, giving the ‘Old Boy’ the well worn look that it has today. The guitar was not given a proper unveiling until I had produced the pick-ups that could deliver the sound that Tony was happy with.The Jaydee ‘Old Boy’ SG has become one of Tony’s favourites and it is still used today.


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Black Sabbath poster

Cathy Myhill (pictured with her husband Pat) designed the poster for a Black Sabbath gig on 2nd March 1970 at Birmingham College of Art and Commerce (as it was then known), which they are holding. Pat booked the gig in his capacity as social secretary .
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Original Tony Iommi 1975 (four hearts) Stage Shirt

Garment featured in the original 1975 Black Sabbath 'Sabotage Tour' program by Martyn Dean. Also featured on the official Black Sabbath Instagram page. Obtained from a relative of the band and in my private collection since 1980.


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Home made Black Sabbath cross – made by a friend´s father ….


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Big Bear News (1970)

Big Bear News (1970). Includes adverts for Sabbath's album release. Other features include Groupie of the Month.


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Black Sabbath @ Mothers 6th Feb 1970

Adverts for Black Sabbath's apperance at Mothers, Erdington High Street, Birmingham taken from the Birmingham Evening Mail on 4th, 5th and 6th of that month.


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NEVER SAY DIE VIDEO

here’s the wikipedia entry for this item: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_Say_Die_%28video%29 Interesting to note that it was originally released on Betamax and VHS.


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