Jason Johnson
  • Male
  • Eugene, OR
  • United States
Share on Facebook

Jason Johnson's Friends

  • The Bane
  • Sean R. Thornton
  • J.D.
  • Darryl Tuttle
  • Hard luck chuck
  • Primitive Acoustics
  • Maddog
  • Dave Lynas
  • Suspect Device
  • Paul 'PapaHogg' Smith
  • Cigar Box Nation
  • Husky Burnette
  • Jason Mills
  • Phill Hill Charlie
  • richard Woolrich


  • 1.
    Cigar Box Stomp
  • 2.
    Robert Belfour Tribute
  • 3.
    Swamp Blues
  • 4.

Jason Johnson's Page

Profile Information

How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
How many instruments have you built so far?
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
Real people making hand made instruments.

Check Out My Blog @ jasonjohnsonaudio.wordpress.com

I write articles on a regular basis about what I have been working on lately. It has info on cigar box guitars, as well as vintage guitar pedals, and other electronics. 

Jason Johnson's Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Jason Johnson's Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Comment Wall (20 comments)

You need to be a member of Cigar Box Nation to add comments!

Join Cigar Box Nation

At 6:59pm on September 4, 2016, Hard luck chuck said…
Wow - I was just checking out your wordpress site when my phone buzzed with your 3 or 6 string question. I did pickup a 3 string swamp witch but I mostly play 4 strings that I've built, a 3 string demo would be easy to translate plus I think a lot of the noobs like me CBN would benefit.

Btw I saw your pickup winding video last night, very cool. Building a pickup has been on my list since I fell into this CBG thing.
At 10:27am on August 22, 2016, Chris Bohlman said…
Video tip...dern spell check
At 10:27am on August 22, 2016, Chris Bohlman said…
Thanks for the Vic too. So nothing special regarding audio? Sounds great, especially if iPhone is all you used!
At 3:29pm on August 17, 2016, Hard luck chuck said…

I tried to send this early but might be a repeat (technically challenged)

Thanks - I would love to see something that would help me understand the hill county stuff better, so far I'm only good at listening to it....  Life's busy and seems to get in the way of my playing/building/learning so no rush.

As a side note, one of our local PDX bands, Hillstomp, plays a lot of great, gritty music.  Henry is half of the band and I got to see him do a Fred McDowell tune at McMenamins Edgefield a few months ago.  Thought you might enjoy https://youtu.be/lggFIHw-9B4

At 7:24am on June 6, 2012, Dave Lynas said…

Thanks Jason, I'm all eyeball...

At 7:30am on June 5, 2012, Dave Lynas said…

Wow Jason, an instructional vid of the wireup would be great. Many of us could benefit from it. Thanks a bunch.

At 11:19pm on May 26, 2012, Dave Lynas said…

I hand sand with coarse grit (80) until I can't stand it. A lot of the wood I get is pretty well taken down already. I've been getting about 3/16ths Spruce, Maple. Walnut, and Cedar. That I just start with 220 and go down to 400 with this thinned wood. I use these for soundboards except the Maple. It makes a nice back. Often I'll use a thicker wood for the back. I have a lot that is 1/4 inch or a little more for backs. The thick backs work good for electrics. For acoustic I'll stick with thin wood. I'll often start varnishing at 220 grit and keep sanding in between coats with finer and finer sandpaper. This seems to make a nice finish. I don't go for the high gloss or too perfect look. It would just frustrate me. None of my stuff is "perfect". Crude is closer to me.

At 6:42am on May 25, 2012, Dave Lynas said…

Hi Jason, I usually use Black Walnut. Rosewood is getting hard to get and Walnut seems to work great. I've been getting guitar backs in Walnut that is too thick to use for a soundboard. It's usually about 3/8" thick and one half a back will make 4 fret boards. I've been using these for diddleys and lap steels. Fretted boards I get from Mike Orr through ebay. He uses Walnut and makes 1 1/2 inch wide fretboards. His work is excellent and cost about 20$ per board. 

At 6:54pm on May 9, 2012, Bluesheart said…

Jason, I don't know what the brass thickness was, it was cut from a plate I bought at thrift shop. Maybe 2mm?

At 12:38pm on May 6, 2012, rodney fruits said…

Will this help?   I just put the wire between the tail and the box, you could wrap it around a screw too....reso stuff 003


The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources



Started by Raymond Grimmitt in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Korrigan on Sunday. 4 Replies


Started by Raymond Grimmitt in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts on Saturday. 0 Replies

6 pole PU

Started by Tim Pannabecker in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Carl Floyd Jan 10. 9 Replies


Started by Taffy Evans in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by Nayeb Gofs Dec 28, 2021. 1 Reply

Three New Builds

Started by David Plekkenpol in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Lonman Dec 25, 2021. 1 Reply

Water Song...

Started by Jim Saraceno in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Cigar Man Mike Dec 20, 2021. 3 Replies

Blog Posts

How to add photos?

Posted by Stephen Sell on January 13, 2022 at 1:19pm 2 Comments

My first 3 string cigar box guitar

Posted by Stephen Sell on January 13, 2022 at 1:16pm 1 Comment

Shedding a Tear for Dave Lynas

Posted by Poorness Studios on December 20, 2021 at 8:30pm 4 Comments

Latest Activity

Randy S. Bretz liked BrianQ.'s photo
3 minutes ago
BrianQ. posted a status
"I just love it when the clouds split apart to reveal the almighty warmth of the sun!!!"
1 hour ago
BrianQ. updated their profile
1 hour ago
BrianQ. posted a photo

Fun times, let’s burn it…

Torching a few Bridge bases, for some kits, tops will be Cherry,Brass,Bone,Bamboo
1 hour ago
Johnny Deck updated their profile
1 hour ago
BrianQ. liked Doug Thorsvik's video
3 hours ago
AGP # liked Rob Uker's photo
3 hours ago
AGP # liked Doug Thorsvik's video
3 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Doug Thorsvik's video
4 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Rob Uker's photo
4 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik posted a video

My Eyes are Dry: 3-String Surf n' Turf Cigar Box Guitar

Cigar Box Guitar Slingers - Spokane, 89th Zoom Mtg Jan 17, 2022. More info and free songbooks: https://sites.google.com/site/cigarboxguitarslingersspokane/home
5 hours ago
Jerry Gibson replied to Taffy Evans's discussion Surface Pickup too high?
"Thank you taff and Ryan that was very helpful"
6 hours ago


© 2022   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->