Tomorrow, I’m going to try to find a good chunk of hardwood to use as a “dowel-stick” for my canjo. There are two other things I need as well – a kitchen fork that will work for a tail-piece and a set of banjo strings. I was going to make a bridge but found an inexpensive one for sale and will start with that. I’m considering trying a slightly different approach to the dowel-stick-neck-can assembly. Instead of forming the end of a stick to fit into a drilled hole in the neck, I’m thinking about drilling into the stick and the neck and joining them with 3/4 inch dowel and glue. For strings, I considered going with nylon, and using fishing line of various diameters, but I think I want to use light-gage steel strings, at least for now.
If I can find the materials I need, it’s possible I’ll have it built this weekend.
Let’s listen to a variety of home-made instruments just for fun….
Here’s Super Chikan playing the shotgun guitar…
How about a fry pan uke?
The bamboo bass..