John Birch vs. Jaydee

An Abiding Dude

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May 25, 2021
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Hey all,

Was bopping around the WWW, and came across a local U.S. guitar shop/dealer who has a John Birch Tony Iommi model on consignment. It's a black SG style body with the usual appointments based on the 1975 model Birch built for Iommi. The seller is asking for a shade under $5000.

That made me look at Jaydee, which offers an "Old Boy" standard for about half that price, a bit over $2600 USD (but I have no clue about import fees, taxes, etc. from the UK).

John Birch's website is both under construction and under "new management" and has been that way for a while, so trying to know what a new JB model would cost is unknowable at this point.

I have no idea whether or not I'd be interested in pulling the trigger on either of these as I have a ridiculous amount of guitars already, but if the "fever" overcomes my common sense I was wondering if anyone had an idea if the the JB is being overpriced and if the Jaydees are just as good for half the price or whatever other pearls of wisdom the Iommi fanbase has to offer.


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Apr 9, 2012
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Sorry, can’t comment on the differences in price/quality. I could be wrong, but I thought I’d read that John Carling retired recently and sold the John Birch company to Jaydee…

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