Canjo - One String Banjo




You will need:
A 500 mm long stick. 20x20 mm
A small can
A bit of strong, twinned string
Some nails
Tiny pieces of hard wood 4x4 mm

Step 1:

Draw a line in the middle of the stick parallell to the edge.
Mark the length of the can.

Step 2:

Cut along the line.
Fasten a nail in the other end. Let it stick up about 15 mm.

Step 3:

Press the stick over the edge of the can.
Fasten it with two small nails.

Step 4:

Make a small hole in the bottom of the can about 20 mm from the edge at the same side as the stick.
Glue the first fret that will keep a distance between the fretboard and the string.

Step 5:

Cut the string a bit longer than the stick.
Tie a washer in the end of the string.
Drag the string and tie it as tight as possible around the nail.

Step 6:

Measure the total length of the string.
Divide the length as the image shows for a blues tuned canjo. Use other intervals if you like.
Glue frets on the fretboard.

Step 7:

Decorate the canjo if you wish.
You can use the washer to tighten the string by turning it.

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    2 Discussions


    Great Instructable! Already made it! If your looking for a cheap alternative for a guitar string, use DENTAL FLOSS! Just wind a few lengths of cord together and your done! I've already made a few strings and it works great for my canjo!


    3 years ago

    This is so cool!

    I marked as favorite - and added this to my kids' list of summer projects. Thanks for sharing this :)