Tuesday, Oct 30 2012 04:19 PM

Byron Jobe creates custom guitar for Fallen Warriors Memorial

Byron Jobe, a local California Highway Patrol officer from the Mojave station who also makes custom guitars for charity, recently gave a guitar to the Fallen Warriors Memorial Organization in El Dorado Hills, near Sacramento.

Jobe, who said he has been building guitars since he was a kid, was inspired to make this guitar by his sister.

"My sister, Ginny, is a breast cancer survivor and she asked me to make a guitar in the shape of a ribbon for breast cancer, a pink one, and we raised almost $8000 for Susan G. Komen Foundation with that one. It was raffled off at the Race for the Cure last May," Jobe said.

The latest guitar is fashioned to resemble a gold ribbon and the Fallen Warriors are currently selling raffle tickets for the guitar. The final drawing will be held at the 8th Annual Fallen Warriors Memorial Organization's car and motorcycle show in June 2013.

Byron and his sister have been exposed to music their entire life. Their father was a concert clarinetist, and played as a jazz clarinetist in Sacramento. He was a band master in the Army, as well. Their mother was a concert flutist who loved to play. Their grandfather was a percussionist in the Shiners' Drum Corp., and Grandma was an excellent cellist.

Byron can hold his own when it comes to playing the guitar, too. He is a self-taught musician and being left handed, had a difficult and frustrating time finding guitars to play. So at the age of 16 he built his first "lefty" and he's been building custom guitars ever since.

For more information on Byron, Ginny and the guitar go to www.FWMO.Org. Photo by Ed Gordon

Byron Jobe displaying the backside of a custom guitar that he built for the Fallen Warriors Memorial Orginization.

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