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John J. Cebula
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  • Glen Ellyn, IL
  • United States
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John J. Cebula's Friends

  • Dave Vohar
  • Ron Nagle
  • Nina
  • Kerry Spitzer
  • Donald Pittman
  • Susan Palmer of Lead Cat Press
  • David Reinstein
  • Donna Zitzelberger
  • Doc Fleetwood
  • Toby Walker
  • Jerry Kosak
  • Antonio Eduardo Rosa
  • Frankie Alberton
  • Walt Pilcher
  • Richard Autenzio

John J. Cebula's Groups

John J. Cebula's Discussions

New guitars and Singing
3 Replies

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Burr Jan 30, 2010.

Using Picks
17 Replies

Started this discussion. Last reply by stuart paton Feb 12, 2010.

Changing Bridge Pins (and other Modifications)
22 Replies

Started this discussion. Last reply by John J. Cebula Jul 18, 2010.


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John J. Cebula commented on David Reinstein's group Survivors of the 60's
"Pete was the epitome of a gentleman, and his integrity and compassion have no equals. Since I learned of his death, I've tried to think of who might fill his shoes, and I've come up empty. RIP, Pete."
Jan 28, 2014
John J. Cebula commented on David Reinstein's group Survivors of the 60's
"My wife and I have no interest in the televised part, either--and she's a professional musician."
Jan 28, 2014
John J. Cebula replied to John J. Cebula's discussion Dave Van Ronk in the group Survivors of the 60's
"Good points, Phil."
Jan 20, 2014
Phil Manuel replied to John J. Cebula's discussion Dave Van Ronk in the group Survivors of the 60's
"Maybe, it was because he hadn't got around the West coast stories before he died. His memoirs were finished for him. Just sayin..."
Jan 19, 2014
John J. Cebula replied to John J. Cebula's discussion Dave Van Ronk in the group Survivors of the 60's
"It recently occurred to me how much of the music and artists I associate with the folk scene in the early '60s is not mentioned by van Ronk.  For example, I don't recall a mention of Malvina Reynolds or other West Coast artists. It…"
Jan 19, 2014
John J. Cebula replied to Jim Yates's discussion Inside Llewyn Davis in the group Survivors of the 60's
"Good observations.  I read an essay once about all the anachronisms that appear in movies in general.  The one I remember being mentioned was soldiers (Romans, Greeks, whatever) throwing spears.  The writer asserted that spears were…"
Jan 19, 2014
John J. Cebula commented on David Reinstein's group Survivors of the 60's
"If I remember correctly, ANY pair of pants and jeans was supposed to show some ankle. A friend is having a 65th birthday party next month; he wants guests to dress the way they did in the '60s.  The trouble is, I don't dress all that…"
Jan 19, 2014
Phil Manuel replied to John J. Cebula's discussion Dave Van Ronk in the group Survivors of the 60's
"It's not so much I disagree with what you are saying, it's just my thinking some very different sounding folks get lumped together, though I'd agree, if a band or performer falls under that heading, generally they find their way to my…"
Jan 15, 2014

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Archtop guitar, Electric guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Taylor 314 CE
Walden D-550
Yamaha SA 2200
Fernandes Retrorocket
What type of music do you like to play?
Jazz; folk; blues
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John J. Cebula's Blog

Going down in defeat?

So my efforts to start a guitar club took a quick nose dive. I have been unable to find any place where such a group could meet without paying. To collect dues would mean incorporating as a non-profit under state law, and then there are loads of fees and paperwork with IRS, attorney-general, secretary of state, etc.

Best idea was to collect $$ each night and use that to offset the rent. Pretty unreliable, but it might work.

My thought at the moment is to reconnect with the… Continue

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 2:51pm — 6 Comments

Guitar Clubs

I've been thinking of approaching either my local library or my local park district to see if they'd let me have space to start a "guitar club." Does anyone have any experience and advice about this sort of endeavor?

What I envision is a place where people can get together every other week for a couple of hours in the evening to play for and with each other, and to teach and critique each other. I'm not really interested in creating a situation where someone can show off his or her… Continue

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

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At 3:10pm on March 26, 2012, FloridaGull said…

I see you play a Walden - I just started a group here called "Walden Guitars" - feel free to join us!

Have a great day!

At 2:37pm on January 26, 2010, Kerry Spitzer said…
I have a Micheal Kelly Dragonfly F style mando that sounds pretty good and has a pickup for playing live. I've heard good things about Eastman and Kentucky. You can get a pretty good starter mandolin for under $1000. I'd try to stay with a carved top and solid woods.
At 12:00pm on April 24, 2009, Donald Pittman said…
Hi John , it is sort of unrelated to guitar in a way. How I found the group was through a ham radio operator friend of mine that happens to also play guitar. He told me about it at a ham radio meeting we were at. I told him I did not play well and he just said come to one of the jams and bring my guitar. You can look for jams in your area by searching for bluegrass jams in your area or you could also try folk music circles or jams . Hope this helps you out.
At 7:31am on March 20, 2009, Ship of fools said…
HI John I have a friend that works for Washburn Nick Ellingsworth( Production Manager ), give him a call and ask him if it's possible for you to do a tour of their custom shop (847-949-0444 ) and tell him the Ship of Fools suggested it and you can see what they are making these days, hope this helps you out deciding .Ship
At 7:28pm on February 18, 2009, Larry Edgar said…
You beat me to the draw, I was just about to add you when I saw the email come across! Psychic Friends Network? :-)

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