2017 "Kick The Can" Build-Off contest - Canjos, Tin Can Guitars

"Come on, brothers and sisters, KICK OUT THE CANS!"  

For our final build-off contest of 2017, we're looking for your best canjos, cookie tin banjos and any other playable stringed instrument made from discarded metal containers.  It can have one string wired to a tin can or it could be a full size harp made from an outdoor propane tank!  The more creative, the better.

Here's the details:

Contest runs Nov. 16 - Dec. 20, 2017

Prizes:  $100 C. B. Gitty Gift Certificate for 1st place, $50 Gitty gift certificate for second and $25 gift certificate for third.

Judges:  Shane Speal, Ben "Gitty," Glenn Watt and Farley Andresen

How to Enter:

1.  In the comments section below, post up to three (3) photos and one (1) video of your entry.

2.  Add a one (1) paragraph description with your photo entry.

3.  Shake, stir, repeat.  (Yes, you can submit more than one entry!)

4.  Submissions that won previous Cigar Box Nation contests are ineligible.  

Need inspiration?  Here's Wesseh to show you how it's done...

Note:  This is the official contest entry page.  Do not use this page to post comments about other submissions.

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Here is my 4 string Lucky Chocolates guitar. It's a vintage tin, imported from Asia. I picked it up at a thrift store and I couldn't bring myself to remove the Ferris Bueller sticker that someone had added. It has an internal piezo pickup and an adjustable bridge. Low action, great finger picking guitar.

PRESSED FOR TIME ! GOT THE STICK IN THE TIN, working on the fretboard, as we type, made the tuners head today ,getting ready to design the bridge, got the string holder ready, need to make a counter bridge cose of the arch tin lid. whats my deadline !

Ricky Ticky Tinjo. Three string Tinjo made from antique Indian tin.

  • Pine neck,
  • spoon tail,
  • Ebony fingerboard.
  • Oil paint stripes.
  • About 21 inch scale.
  • Chinese tuners in slotted head.
  • Cherry bridge.
  • Two sound holes,
  • tuned in D (Dad).
  • Using Lynas porcelain stubby slide in the video. 

very nice

I love the colors and the sound!!

The "Gas Axe.

The 'Crown Royal Collectors Special"

AC/DC Back in Black Collectors Special

My submission. Old discarded metal gas can that I found on the curb. Neck, fretboard and through piece are made of Red Oak with steel non-adjustable trussrod. 25" scale 4 string using C.B.Gitty fret wire and tuners, reused Chinese humbucker with a coil split and a 500k volume pot. Corian nut and brass bolt bridge on top of a Red Oak bridge block.


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