Hello, I'm new to the group.I've been follwoing CBN for over a year now and have built 3 stringer cbg,dulcimer and diatonic strummers. Finally joined CBN about a month ago. Thought I;d try a Canjo.

what scale length to use?

bridge placement?  or is the point of contact of the string thru the can  your  bridge.

thanks for the info,Battmann

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On the canjos I have built I just used the same basic scale length as my CBG builds and the bridge was where the string went through the bottom of the can. Experiment and have fun with them. I use electrical ties for frets on the broom handle, they work well and you can slide them to adjust the tuning.

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Thomas,thanks for the info and photo.

what string guage do you use and what note do you tune it to ? thanks, Bruce

Tuned that one to G with a .044 bronze wound string. I have used .041 aircraft safety wire on one of my canjos and did one with .080 nylon weed whacker line. Half the fun is trying out new ideas and seeing if they work. Tune it to what works best for your style and have fun.

Do you need to beef up or somehow strengthen the bottom or the edge??

So far from my experience, the bottom of the can has been strong enough without any reinforcement.

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