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The simplest little resonator instrument of all. Please add links to plans, photos of your canjos and ideas you've found that make the most of this diminutive instrument. (The image is a temporary placeholder, I'll replace it any day now!)

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The Gas/Kerosene/Oil Can variety: a community image bank

Started by Diane in Chicago. Last reply by James Conder Nov 5, 2018. 7 Replies

If you've used an upright can on a chordophone, here's the place to show your work.I'm looking for an olive oil can right now, one of those really pretty ones from Eastern Europe.Continue

The Cookie Tin Variety: a community image bank

Started by Diane in Chicago. Last reply by Brown Water Jerry (Rice) Aug 17, 2018. 34 Replies

Post up photos of your tin-tars!  These are the ones that look mostly like this:Continue

How to adjust Intonation???

Started by JL. Last reply by Wichita Sam Mar 10, 2017. 9 Replies

How is intonation on a canjo adjusted?  On a CBG you string it up, tune it, check the 0 & 12 frets and adjust the saddle till intonation is correct.With a canjo where the string is anchored in…Continue

1st Electric Canjo Build

Started by Greg Thompson. Last reply by TN Twang Aug 20, 2016. 4 Replies

25" scale, Maple neck, yellow heart fret board and head details, birch head laminate. Gitty hard tail, tuners and humbucker. Volume knob is cork with bottle top. Botticelli Olive Oil can.A lot of fun…Continue

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Comment by Battmann on October 18, 2015 at 10:01pm

another canjo

Comment by TN Twang on October 11, 2015 at 5:09pm

Sweet, Battmann!

Simple & elegant--but lotsa work on the guitar shapes. I've gotta try that as soon as I get my bandsaw set up again.

I like the idea of moving the 6th fret up to give you a simple major scale.

Comment by Battmann on October 11, 2015 at 1:38pm

Made these 2 Canjo's for work;s charity fundraiser

Comment by TN Twang on February 9, 2015 at 4:10pm

More about the 6.5th fret:

I left it off my canjo that I keep to practice on. I tune to D and play in G and there's no problem. The only times I play in D, I play so-called major pentatonic tunes that don't use that note anyway, so it doesn't matter.

It's only the folks who tune to a note (like D) and then want to play a full major scale in that key. Best advice: make the 3rd fret your keynote (or tonic) and you'll be okay.

Comment by TN Twang on February 9, 2015 at 4:05pm

I'm used to calling it 6.5 in dulcimer tabs. I believe that the high-end music notation programs (Finale and Sibelius) generate a 6.5 (but I'm too lazy to go verify that right now.)

Ben Baker (CB Gitty) has been calling it 7 on all his tabs for the American Canjo Company, and I've got to admit that makes it simpler than trying to explain how 6.5 and 7 are alternate frets depending on which key you're in and watching people's eyes glaze over.

I guess as a tie-breaker we need to ask the people who make multi-string guitars as "strummers" with diatonic tuning. Do you guys put a fret between 6 and 7? If so, what do you call it? Surely I can get some sort of argument discussion going on this.

Comment by David Bowes on February 9, 2015 at 3:54pm

TN Twang.

I left the #6.5 fret out, as it was for a friends little girl and I thought it would be easier for her.

Speaking as someone with no musical knowledge, the 6.5 fret(blue note) seams to allow more flexibility, allowing you to play different scales and more blues options, at least that was my understanding.

The numbering is confusing I thought it was known as 6 1/2 fret, most tabs I have come across  are numbered that way, but recently have came across it referred to as number 7, so I am confused. The question is, is there a standard?

Have a look at the link below:

http://www.cigarboxguitar.com/knowledge-base/video-the-essential-ca...

Comment by TN Twang on February 9, 2015 at 10:50am

Thing of great beauty. I'm gonna' steal your bridge design. Don't know why I didn't think of it myself. (Duh!)

I notice you didn't put in a so-called "6 1/2-th fret" .

I haven't been putting one on my builds for canjos, but dulcimer players are starting to expect them to be there. I'd love to provoke a discussion on this website about why the extra fret should or should not be there on diatonic fretboards and whether it should be numbered "fret #7" or "fret #6.5" in tablature.

 

Comment by David Bowes on February 9, 2015 at 3:17am

Comment by Wichita Sam on November 27, 2014 at 8:58pm

Glenn, I think you're onto something.  Sounds a little (If I'm understanding it right) like an early On-String Willie diddley bow arrangement.... I've never understood the concept completely.  Seems like the can becomes a resonator for the neck/brige and not the string....  Anyway, good to hear from you. 

For all my CN friends... A guaranteed way to have a "Happy Thanksgiving" is to get busy giving thanks....  Blessings, Sam

Comment by Glenn Kaiser on November 26, 2014 at 1:38pm

Probably been done, or is obvious to some of y'all, but I've an idea I must try. Bridge below and not in direct contact with can. Large enough hole in can string doesn't buzz against the metal.

Picture canjo laying flat in front of you, left-to-right- tuner left, right is the bottom where the can would be:

Create slight slot in stick for can but leave more than normal room (say total 2 inches) on stick below end of can for both bridge and string hole.

Next to can place bridge. Below that (to the right) drill string hole. Screw can into slot tightly. Drill the string pass-through hole in can bottom low/higher/middle of the can bottom, wherever you like.

Depending on what you want to try, the bridge height will determine where that pass-through hole in the can needs to be. Build bridge accordingly.

String it and know that you lose -some- vibration if bridge isn't inside the can... but if the can is tight enough in the slot, bridge perhaps made of hardwood and of course tightly glued in place, the vibrations move via bridge/neck/can anyway though they don't move via the metal can as they aren't quite as much in direct contact with it as when a bridge is placed inside the can (as I normally build mine).

Just thinkin'... Happy Thanksgiving folks! -Glenn

 

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The Gas/Kerosene/Oil Can variety: a community image bank

Started by Diane in Chicago. Last reply by James Conder Nov 5, 2018. 7 Replies

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