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Florida CBG Builders/Players

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www.littlejohnscigarboxguitars.com My name is Johnny Yowell Jr. My nickname is LJey. (means lil johnny). I have been building about a year. I started right after I quit smoking ciggarettes and picked up cigars. When I quit smoking cigars I had a couple boxes lying around the house. Guitar world mag was advertising some mojo brand and I decided to build my own.I dug around the net. and found some help with basic design.Built my first cbg in 1 day. It wasnt bad except the strings were cutting in.
The sound grabbed me. had to build another that the strings wouldnt cut through. I got hooked! Im a lifer now.It takes me more than a day to build one now. But the quality is improving as I learn.
I was so excited about finding Cigar Box Nation. And the different ways people approach this is great.
So far I keep it pretty simple. But I'm doing a lil somthin different almost every time.I like vintage guitars and tube amps. So I guess the CBG is about as vintage as it gets.

Personally, I have a beautiful wife of 18 years. 18 really good years.And an awesome little boy.He makes me proud everyday. i run a small fammily roofing co in Land O Lakes FL. We do all our work with our own crew (no subs) meaning we care about doing our job right the first time.Our service is unmatched in every area except speed. We cannot compete with the big companies that do your roof in a day. We think it's best not to rush it.

We attend Baylife Church in Brandon.Great church.They let me serve in the band. (They havent let me CBG yett but I'm sure they will find room for it someday.)And my wife takes care of the kids.

CBN is great! Thanks for the vision Shane.

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At 7:17pm on January 7, 2014, Pete Turner said…

Hi LJ,

Found you on YouTube thanks for the great lessons they've even helped an old dummie like me to learn how to play a CBG.

At 4:48pm on June 3, 2012, JUJU said…

Now then LJ - been a long time mate - saw your name and though i'd stop by to say hello hope you and yours are all keeping well - not seen you around for a long time bro

juju :)

At 6:50pm on February 13, 2012, CA Jones said…

Yes, very much a beginner. I've tried picking up guitar a few times in my life but became discourged easily(left handed and big fingers). I'm having a ball now and it's now obvious I should have left the 6 stringers alone. ;)

At 1:43pm on February 12, 2012, CA Jones said…

Hi LJ,

I've enjoyed your tube begginers intruction very much. Hope all is well.



At 5:36pm on September 7, 2010, bairfoot cajun said…
hey bro ll jj a biscuit piezo is a new thing for me.its the first time i ever tried it,what i did is install a piezo element inside the biscuit of the resonator that sets under the bolt bridge and sets on three cans inside the box. so its wired hot direct,i plan on getting a live oak 3 pole pup to install and then run a blend pot between the 2 powerplants. ought to be an interesting combination. thanks for the comment.
At 9:07pm on April 21, 2010, Ice Bob said…
great hanging out and jamming with ya hope we can do it again
At 9:56am on April 19, 2010, Willardj said…
MR.LJ,,,Was great meeting you.loved your playing...after much beggin and arm wrestling i was able to obtain your great build...it was perfect... http://www.cigarboxnation.com/photo/simple-start?context=user
thank you.i take great pride in owing a lj.hope to see u again in de near future...
At 10:16pm on April 4, 2010, Christopher Call said…
Your very welcome bro!!! You have some nice builds there. I can't wait till I get to that level of building!!!! As far as the Edge box, I am going to have to pass. I am saving that one for a future build. I know how hard it is to find one of them, and I was lucky that a friend had it and was able to let it go!!!!!!!
At 9:54pm on March 28, 2010, Doc Williamson said…
Don't worry about building a lefty before the gathering. Let's just see if I have anything you want. I'm really intrigued by your LBow. Don't know if he's on here but DF Duck is the 1st guy I ever heard of building a 2 string DB & that was at least 7 years ago. I love the longer scale & deep bass of yours, I'd want the strings much closer so I could pluck them. I look forward to meeting you LJ.
At 9:28pm on March 19, 2010, Rev. Nix said…
Got about a dozen heads so far!

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