OK, I want to make a few one stringers or Canjo's, but my question is;...why do some, well, many that I've seen, mostly fret-less ones, have such super high action??? They usually have a super high nut and or bridge and don't look like you could do much more than twang it open string. I've seen this here and other places where it looks nice but appears to be impossible to play. Are these just made by people as a novelty, or inexperience, or am I missing something.

I'm not talking about the old school bow and arrow looking units either.

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Comment by Richard Dean on November 7, 2017 at 8:19am

I built a 1 string and a 2 string, they were fun, sold them both, in fact, I've sold everything I've built so far, got to keep something for me

Comment by Kigar on September 6, 2017 at 10:07pm

You can use any string.  If you are using a fairly normal neck length, the string would be tuned to where it would normally be on a six string guitar within a note or two.  I used the first or second string, because they were left over from a cigar box guitar project where I used the 3-4-5 strings.  These would be E or A in normal tune.

Comment by Richard Dean on September 6, 2017 at 4:10am

what note do you typically tune the single string to?

Comment by Kigar on September 5, 2017 at 9:29pm

The canjo's I made - a one stringer and a two string version, have low action and dulcimer fretting, check out this link:


As to why the high action, I would guess for use with a slide, same as many a fretless cbg.

Comment by darryl kernaghan on September 5, 2017 at 6:35am

Diddly's are generally played with a pocket knife, bottle neck etc historically, usually unfretted, nothing says you can't fret them, just lower the action to suit

Comment by Richard Dean on September 5, 2017 at 6:20am

For slides only?

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