“He was a superb craftsman who loved what he did”: Tony Iommi pays tribute to ‘Old Boy’ SG luthier John Diggins, who has died

Tony Iommi performs with Black Sabbath at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California on September 24, 2016
(Image credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for ABA)

Tony Iommi has paid tribute to luthier John Diggins following the guitar builder's death earlier this week. Most well-known for his association with the Black Sabbath guitarist – particularly as the builder of Iommi's iconic ‘Old Boy’ SG – Diggins' death was confirmed on social media by the company he headed, Jaydee Custom Guitars.

“It is with deep regret that we have to let you know of the sad passing away of Jay Dee (John Diggins),” Jaydee Custom Guitars wrote on Instagram Wednesday (January 3). “He died suddenly but peacefully in hospital on the morning of Tuesday, January 2, following complications in battling a longterm illness.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.