Uncle John

72, Male

Ogden, IA

United States

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
I found a message in a bottle along the Nishnabottna River.
How many instruments have you built so far?
around 100
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
Love to build, love to play.

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  • Christian FIGEAC

    The background is only my kitchen back door.

  • A.D.EKER

    You call that a lynas Tail, its a part from a salad dryer, i took apart, have about 10-12 pieces of them! was fretting this afternoon, but run out of glue,

    and had to get the Car in for periodical checkup need new shocks, gone cost me! be reading you Have to get to bed !Greeeeeetsszz A.D.

  • LouMatt

    Hi John. Thanks for the kind comment. I use a vox valvetronix ad50 vt xl amp. it sounds wonderful!!! For practice, I use a Chord amp, small and no fancy effects. Just reverb and a clean sound. 

  • A.D.EKER

    Got a Nephew in New York who has a Chocolate Factory Li-Lac in greenwitch Village,  his stepfather use to do Holland house Cookies.

    But it al because of my  Mother God bless Her Soul, looking at her doing her thing in the kitchen when i grew up !

  • A.D.EKER

    Thanks UJ ! Glad you think that way! You know we try! and when a new one is finish you get this over vieuw from builds before , and then you see this pattern in the hurde, thats how it came about ! Greeeeeettsszz A.D.

  • A.D.EKER

    Thanks for that update UJ on Blaze ill look in to that ! Thanks !

  • Poorness Studios

    Thanks for the comments. Just got my first CBG earlier this year, but I've been playing bass since my late teens. And yes... I flew up to STL for the fest this year. Glad I did. ;-)

  • Nancy kat

    Soooo funny thanks U~John made my day! Meeeowww^..^

  • Dave Lynas

    Hi Uncle John. I just watched your photos slide show. I could see our friendship grow over time. Just wanted to let you know how much I value that smile of yours. Thanks friend. And your guitars make me smile and tickle my ears.

  • Michael Fred Johnson

    Thanks Uncle John,I built the guitar from scratch

  • Michael Fred Johnson

    Thanks again Uncle John for your very flattering comment

  • Nancy kat

    Happy Thanksgiving! Meeowwww..^

  • A.D.EKER

  • A.D.EKER

    THANKS uj ! THAT WAS EXSPECTED SO I MADE IT A LITTLE LONGER! Thanks for your comments there UJ ! appriciated !

  • A.D.EKER

    We Wisch you & yours Happy Day's and a Great NEW Year ! whenever you are ready for it ! Seasonal Greeeetinggssszzz   A.D.

  • A.D.EKER

    No its not what im saying,you allways take the mickey out of things ,cant tell you any thing Paper tiger ! must be because your favorit Indian is no more around to clasch heads whit ! is my englisch writing that Bad that you,have to school me ?Mule's are a Texas Treasure look em up and see for your self ! and for that mater i dont mind beiing one! couse it shows im stubborn,and im proud to be !! Are you A; Pleased.?are you B;Displeased?  LOL Seasons Greeeettsszzz A.D.

  • Nancy kat

    Merry Christmas Uncle John and Linda and fur kids! Meow^..^

  • Larry Ratliff

    Yes, I'm starting the CBG revolution down here in NW Florida, thanks for all your help Uncle John.

  • BrianQ.

    Thanx uncle, I’m hoping they’ll feel welcome enough to join in on the festivities?

  • A.D.EKER

    Taking the Mickey out of it again Ye UJ !its POOR BOY ,no ohio dialect Poe Boy! But im smilling,you did know , but there is not a thing on the Nation that escapes your attension , if i did not knew any better i say you was Gitty!(meaNING A gO gETTER )lol

  • A.D.EKER

    It gives me room to move John ,cose when you do all four, and the ohio sax

    all at the same time ,that mic stay's in front of you and it takes both the Harp & vocals so im glad how that worked out ,it took only 5 min whit the bandsaw ,some fast drying acrillic paint ,ducktape,drilling a hole and whalla, to keep it in place i cut rubber bands from a bicycle innertube and the hole thing came together in less than a hour ! now is the thing to get it all recorded in a decent way! im thinking separate Vid and audio & then remix ,but ill have to give it a go ! thanks for your kind comments on the subject !! Greeeeeettssz A.D.

  • Daniel Walter

    Thank you sir. !

  • Bob "Ambrose" Negus

    I appreciate your comments Uncle John. You're right, your definition suits it down to the ground.

  • A.D.EKER

    Hi there Uncle John ! I have finischt off the footage shots at the Open Mic; session this morning ! Its a 3 number recording By BCB as the Basterd Kid of Hank Williams, (In the way Hank Dont Play It ) Give it a whearl and see what you think of it ! Hope you like it, even got the old Hank Costume OUT of the MothBalls!! Be reading You !!

  • Brian Thompson

    Hi Uncle John, and right back at you! Thanks for accepting my friend request and it's a real pleasure to make it 'CBN Official'.....after all this time people were beginning to talk!! :-)

  • A.D.EKER

    Here you Go !

  • Michael Fred Johnson

    Thanks for your comments Uncle John, Shirley bought the plate from a Christmas market stall thinking it would be a good project,it's exactly as it came.

  • John Bennett

    Many thanks, Uncle John - very pleased to receive your kind comments. The fingerboard is a bit of an unknown. I bought it as a softwood that seemed to be fairly heavy and solid, and I used it in the first version of the CBG about fourteen years ago. Since then it hasn't shown any signs of bending, so I've been lucky. The surface finish was produced by several coats of satin varnish.

  • Richard W. Smith

    Uncle John   I will send picture of cigar box stand soon.  Rich

  • Richard W. Smith

  • Richard W. Smith

    Hi Uncle John   Here are the pictures of the stand. I wanted to make a stand that would be rustic looking.  I went to the woods nearby and was walking around looking for something that would work for the stand.  I wanted to use a three leg system but I wanted the wood to be kind of crooked and bent not straight.  I found a couple saplings about 3/4 inch in diameter and cut them and grouped them together until they would all meet at the top.  I took them back into my workshop and started to put it together.  I wanted all the pieces at the top where they come together to have one hole where all three of the sticks came through.    Now all these I had to fit   all three pieces together in the one hole and file them so that they would be at the right angle to the bottom plate.  It took a while but finally got it.  The pictures show the results.  Thanks, Rich

  • A.D.EKER

    The one in front and a fjew in the back!

  • BrianQ.

    Birthday greetings Uncle  :D

  • Richard Sundberg

    Thank you Uncle, I took your advice! Your generosity knows no bounds!

  • Nancy kat

  • Bob "Ambrose" Negus

    I hope your concert went well on Wednesday.  I bet your mom was well impressed. Bob "Ambrose".

  • Michael Fred Johnson

    Thanks for your comments on the tenor Uncle John

  • Ricky

    Thank You!

  • A.D.EKER

    Thank You UJ ! allmost did not finisch ,cose in the middle my compressor  sayed Ïm quiting after some 17 or so more Years,and do it by hand !" had to invest in a new one ,i do alot by air so luckely there was a sale on there allway's is somewhere,so i got a new one , there goes the holliday money but he ,i can do my thing again ,glad you liked it UJ thanks !

  • A.D.EKER

    Hi UJ ! The canned heat version is called "One kind Favor" ill try a link ! Greats A.D.        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyU_FghCFPs

  • A.D.EKER

    Thanks UJ kind of you to say so !

  • A.D.EKER

    Well  she sound s kind a bassy ,a lot of hollow in side ,No no brasing just a Gas tin whit a stick treu, no pickup jet ,i allway's play them a while whitout the parafenailya of the modern age, and dicide on a later date  what if, and what kind of amplification pick up it needs, was looking for a good tin for a while, this one is the first that came by in a long while , its a little of center thats because of the top handle ,its solded on to near to the center, fixing it seemd fake to me,so fixed a new london bridge today not on the picture just a mockup piece of wood. so in short it will be a while before a video, its summer and every thing is to much the temperture has gone up quit a bit  last years,its cooking in the 40 here!

  • Nancy kat

    Happy Fourth to you and Linda and the fur kids!  Meowwww^..^

  • Tom Schaefer

    Thanks Uncle John

    I just noticed your friend request. I thought we were already friends as well.

  • A.D.EKER

    THANKS For the like Uj ! Apriciated !

  • Richard Sundberg

    I tried to leave a comment on your play 6 string video, you either received over 20 comments or it just didn’t work today. Excellent show me how video Uncle! You have a good head on your shoulders!

  • A.D.EKER

    Hiya Did look up these Fugs ,and some how idid know them ,not by band but by some of there songs, its in the Zappa Beefheart region fun and play rockfunk and yes its my kind of stuff ,thanks for bringing them to mind ! and you know i sidetrack from time to time, but the "BLUES"is and will stay our live time Passion ! Have a fine day UJ !!

  • Emer M.

    Hello Uncle John. Thanx for the kind words. I tune all my 4 strings Chicago. E.B. Earthwood light acoustic strings on the brown (fudgecycle) one, and Slinky Colbalts on the green one. I started out on 264 string... (Piano), 6 string, and now 4. I loose strings as I get older! 

  • Larry Millican

      ^ foot away well mine looks good at 10 feet away,,,,thanks for the comments ,,keep smiling,,,,,keeps them guessing  love your string collection,,,,,,,,,larry

  • A.D.EKER