Uncle John

72, Male

Ogden, IA

United States

Profile Information:

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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  • A.D.EKER

    diddie_wa_diddie.pdf  this matbee UJ?  Greeeettssszz A.D.

  • John Raver

    Wanted to say thanks for the comments on my 1st diddley bow. My question is, how did you do it? I'm trying to figure out how to get around on this site. I have a few people saying they like my photo but I don't see how they do it. That might be a facebook thing or is it? Any help would be appreciated.

  • John Raver

    Thanks Uncle John. I kinda figured it out after I sent you the text. I have to be in the pictures and videos section. Before I was just on the home page watching pictures slide by and wonder how can they be commenting. Thanks again

  • Bob "Ambrose" Negus

    Double-edged compliments.  Not sure if it would go down well with the ladies... maybe some...... looks and fashion trends etc...

  • Rock-Schorsch

    Greg Tiffany commented on Rock-Schorsch's video


    Preachin Blues - Son House

    "Great stuff!  I use an ADOBE viewer to 'see" the video"
    It runs, but not for all!  :-P
  • Rock-Schorsch

    Hi Uncle,

    now the vid works. Have fun with it!

    Best regards!


  • Michael Fred Johnson

    Thanks for your comments Uncle John.The rough one was intended to be just a lash up to test a fret slot jig that my pal Chris made.It 's turned out probably closer to the ethos of CBG's than my usual over manicured stuff.Not very loud acoustically but great amplified.

  • Dave Lynas

    Sure Uncle John. I should have done a better sketch. :D)

  • Gary Hunt

    Thanks Uncle John for thr link to knotlenny's leeson,  Great for some new to the 3 string CBG

  • A.D.EKER

    Hello ! UJ ! say whats this piece by Jim on "Califest canceled"? tryed to reach richard, does not reacted Yet ! is he in a retrait ? or is Jim rocking the cradle? to get the Show on the Road ? Greeeeettsszz A.D.

  • Michael Fred Johnson

    Hi Uncle John,

    I don't know what has been going on but I have found it almost impossible to upload photos of my recent builds.

    Failed using the laptop, a Samsung tablet and my mobile. Succeeded today with the Indian photo using an old Hudl tablet.

    As a confirmed dinosaur it's been very frustrating, do I try hitting them with a hammer or do I try to borrow a 10yr. old to assist.

  • Matthew Borczon

    Hi Unc!! No slide on any of my latest tunes. 2 strings and dulcimer fretting. Mostly just songs I have sung and loved for a long time. Hope you are well!!

  • Kevin Dingwall

    Thanks John, likewise!

  • Kevin Sprague (Knotlenny)

    Thanks UC, I’ll leave my IOU in the petty cash pouch.  Good to see you’re still at it, old friend!

  • Daniel Walter

    Thank you Unc. Left you a reply on my page. Wow is right. Humbled.

  • A.D.EKER


  • Michael Fred Johnson

    Yes Uncle John ,a home made tail.

    As for patinated that could apply to us elder statesmen of Cigar Box  Nation, old and crusty 

  • Michael Fred Johnson

    Dinosaur replies, what's FB?

  • A.D.EKER

    Hi ! How are you Uncle John ? have not seen you come round after 27 May, only see you comment on pictures and vids, there is not much going well whit the Nation after your remark for me getting in contact whit Speal about the site? coincedence? are you done?, insperation breakdone like The Vinster? Whats up Bro !

  • A.D.EKER

    how about this one? kind greeeeetsszz

  • A.D.EKER

    How are you ! having a building frenzy ? sweet looking Dulci !

  • Michael Fred Johnson

    Bet you wish you had full ownership of the Indian now.

  • Doug Thorsvik

    I agree! We certainly have enough dialog to qualify.

  • A.D.EKER

    you no video as well uncle ? is this the biginning of the End !

  • jim fregon

    Thanks uncle John
  • A.D.EKER

    aint it funny how a Sad Song makes you Feel Better ?! thanks Uncle John !

  • BUGGY (C)

    North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Snowplough number 18I'm on my way, just start building this ...!

  • Michael Fred Johnson

    Thanks for your comments John, I know what you mean about solids, planks of wood with strings, they'll all go quiet when we rely on wind power!

  • Clock The Wolf

  • Rope Walker Country Star

    Thanks for the invite Uncle John. I really don’t know what the heck I’m doing in this site - so un tech savvy. I tried to send you a message before but thought if I push “comment” it would then appear here. It didn’t. Maybe you already got my message (maybe more than once). Anyway I wanted to say Corsicana’s a cool enough place. I’m including links to Rope Walker Radio Show Corsicana episode if you’re interested. They’re kinda long (about 20 minutes) good music though.
    Part 1

    Part 2
  • Michael Fred Johnson

    Thanks for the comments John. Go on and drive Route 66 you're never too old, as a Geordie would say yer only a bairn 

  • Pavel Danilov

    Thank a lot, Uncle John. I'm glad to be your cbg friend!

    Would you please answer to my messages . ;)

  • A.D.EKER

    Thanks John ! for keeping us in the Loop ! whit your updates on Dave!

    Much appriciated ! and my deepest sympatie on your Lost Friend!


    Thank you uncle John, The more I read about Dave the more of an amazing person he seemed to be.

    Its always been an ambition  to play an instrument but work got in the way, now retired having been working with wood part of my life I can build and learn to play something I have created, its certainly got a grip on me.

    kind regards Chris.

  • A.D.EKER

  • Chuck H.

    Thanks for the comments ,Uncle John.Wow I didn't even now I had a uncle John!?! Yeah that box is cedar and really old, the price of the cigars was 15cents , so must hand been a long time ago. Looks like you've used some old boxes too.

  • Anthony adams

    Dear UJ, I am a friend and neighbor of the late Dave Lynas, could you tell me where Dave would get his slim already fretted fretboards? I miss Dave so much, we would have coffee every morning. He would help me order whatever I needed. Could you help me with these frettboards that have the fretts already installed. Thanks UJ

       Anthony Adams   Email:  wbgst.tony@gmail.com


  • Anthony adams

    I just wanted you to know that I am disabled, was in a coma for three months. But now I make CBG's. GLORY TO GOD!!  I could not do any art before the coma. Now all the Glory goes to God!    Anthony       Tony Adams

  • Anthony adams

    Thanks for the fast reply. You and I have more reason to give God Glory!

  • Anthony adams

    UJ, would you please see if I can get Mike Orr's Email. I thought I had it but gotten no reply in a week. I appreciate the help.             Tony

  • Anthony adams

    Thank the Lord, Mike Orr did reply to my message to him. Thanks UJ

  • Anthony adams

    I agree, again, thanks UJ

  • A.D.EKER

    Thanks John , practicing for the Christmas show ! Kool ! going to do one on the Nations christmas Album ? 

  • A.D.EKER

    hI jOHN I HEAR IN THE CORIDOORS THAT Ted Crocker has past away,

    was he not one of the founders from this site?

  • Chuck H.

    Thanks Uncle John! 

  • Jim Tomsovic

    Check out my newest added photo of my "boxolin."  Guess I 'been-there-done-that.  I took a lot of tinkering to get it to work right.

  • A.D.EKER

    What is submariner Races?? Racing Submarines?

  • Jacob Blackwood

    Thanks for the nice comment, Uncle John.  I enjoyed your version too.  It's one of my favorite traditional blues songs.

  • Michael Fred Johnson

    Thanks Uncle John, that's the second of four that have been hanging around unfinished waiting for inspiration, the first was the one inspired by Joe Strummer's Tele

  • A.D.EKER

    i tryed my copy from derek, to send to you ,but its over 7mb and thats the max download for this site, sorry !