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Zakulele
01-20-2011, 04:51 PM
I'm considering trying to create a "canjo-lele".
I guess the best way to describe it would be taking this:
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5043/5204295365_b0ca65b790_z.jpg


and just having a wider neck and bigger can, 3 more strings and hopefully tune it GCEA or DGBE tuning.

Anyone ever try this before or know anyone who has tried?

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-20-2011, 04:57 PM
Lots of ukes in Hawaii have been made from Spam cans. They sound like, well..... a can on a stick.
Larger ukes have been made from oil cans, lunch pails, etc.

ukuDaily
01-20-2011, 04:58 PM
Can't say for sure, but I think you may have some intonation issues with that fret spacing. ;-)

I like the creativity though.

ADD
01-20-2011, 09:16 PM
Lots of ukes in Hawaii have been made from Spam cans. They sound like, well..... a can on a stick. .

I've eaten Spam on a stick, but never heard a Spam can on a stick. Thanks for enlightening me and making me laugh.

Doctroid
01-21-2011, 05:52 AM
Can't say for sure, but I think you may have some intonation issues with that fret spacing. ;-)

I like the creativity though.

Looks pretty much like the fret spacing on a Strumstick to me. http://www.freewebs.com/groovymusiclessons/photos/Scotts-Instruments/McNally%20Strumstick%20Scott%20Grove%20Groovy%20Mu sic%20Lessons.jpg

It's a diatonic fretting, doesn't give you all the notes in a chromatic scale. Simpler but less versatile.

rem50
01-21-2011, 07:15 AM
what about 4 different sized cans? or one big one with spacers in it??? Don't kill me! Just throwing an idea out there! :)

Zakulele
01-21-2011, 08:39 AM
I forgot to add that I want to try and maintain the same fret spacing as a uke? The four cans sounds like an interesting idea.

lindydanny
01-21-2011, 08:59 AM
I built a full upright, four string bass once using a washtub and weed-whacker line. No, it was not a single string washtub bass. It had a finger board (no frets, duh) and everything. Sounded pretty good, but very, very quiet. It ended up in pieces in the workshop after needing to take apart to fix the neck. I still haven't gotten around to putting it back together again.

~DB

Ukuleleblues
01-21-2011, 10:09 AM
what about 4 different sized cans? or one big one with spacers in it??? Don't kill me! Just throwing an idea out there! :) That's the ticket. Four cans. I like that. I'm not sure about the aluminum cans, but then again they might be perfect, seem kind of thin though.

rem50
01-22-2011, 04:11 AM
they do not necessarily have to be side by side, think of them as a compensated bridge.