Spotlight on Luthiers: Jaydee Custom Guitars

The focus of my website has been rather single-minded in the last couple of weeks, centring on the guitar that I built (well, nearly!).  Today, though, it’s back to my regular(ish) feature about UK luthiers, and I’m looking at Jaydee Custom Guitars from Birmingham.

A Tony Iommi Old Boy Relic SG
A Tony Iommi Old Boy Relic SG

Jaydee is John Diggins, who started the firm in 1977 after working for another luthier, John Birch (the company still exists although Birch passed away in 2000).  His son also currently works with him, and they make lead guitars and bass guitars.  Jaydee has made guitars for some very big names, including Tony Iommi, Mark King and Roy Orbison, and toured with Black Sabbath as Iommi’s guitar tech in 1975.

A Supernatural GA24 bass
A Supernatural GA24 bass

Jaydee Custom Guitars tends to specialise in bass guitars, partly because of the association with Mark King.  They sell Tony Iommi SG models as well as other SG-type guitars and two main series of bass guitar models.

Mark King's first Jaydee bass guitar
Mark King’s first Jaydee bass guitar

Author: gloopyjon

I grew up in England, attending school in Gloucester and then reading Classics at Peterhouse, Cambridge University. After working in London for three years, I moved to Belgium in 1993 where I have lived ever since. I played the piano as a child and also started playing the guitar, but never took it seriously until 2012, thanks to Rocksmith. I've also done a lot of singing, including over 30 amateur shows. Since 2012 I have been avidly accumulating guitar-related information as well as guitars and related gear, and I decided to create this site to share some of my knowledge, experiences and opinions with anybody who might be interested.

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