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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 gig advert

Black Sabbath gig advert in Melody Maker 1970 Rhodes Centre, Bishops Stortford Saturday July 25th 8pm


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Sabbath Poster/Ticket ’70/’71

These belong to a friend/colleague who saw Sabbath twice in the early days. As far as he recalls, the Mayfair show at the Bullring was just after the release of Paranoid. As the poster says, this was just prior to a US tour that contributed .
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Swiss only record club record , usually a uk vinyl pressing , there are bootlegs also , but they have different matrix no’s and the back of sleeve has pen marks by a couple of tracks , which shown the copy they used to bootleg had .
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Ozzy Osbourne “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

Back in 1975, as many of you Sabbath bootlegs family members know, Ozzy was invited by one of his closest friend Chris Sedgwick to sing backing vocals on a cover of the Animals hit song � “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”. This is maybe the .
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Black Sabbath advert 10th National Blues Festival

Advert featuring Black Sabbath for 10th National Jazz, Pop, Ballads & Blues Festival at Race Course near Lewes Sussex. Saturday 8th August with Chicago Climax Blues Band, Gracious, Quatermass Peter Green, Keef Hartley, Edgar Broughton, Black Sabbath, Jackson Heights, Hardin York Weekend Tickets £2


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Grapevine

Pages from Grapevine. This monthly publication detailed cultural happens in Birmingham. A listings magazine very much of the time. These pages are from both the early A5 version and later A4, more professionally printed editions. The listings sections have enabled us to compile a list .
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