Category Archives: All ABOUT CANJOES

The CanJoe Company of Blountville, TN owned by the sole proprietor known as CanJoe*John, began operating as a licensed business in the year 1994. As a direct spring off from Herschel R. Brown’s original instrument, John, as Herschel’s personal friend and associate continued in improving, designing, creating, crafting, marketing, and performing with these cool one-stringed musical instruments. Since their inception, CanJoe*John has deeply been involved with and as an integral part of their history.

Photo Samples of Recent Instruments/2017

When Herschel R. Brown began creating the cool one-stringed instruments, he had no idea that they would ever become so popular that literally hundreds, and even thousands, of folks across America and around the world would eventually jump on the … Continue reading

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In The News

It’s interesting how the truth always rises to the top. Over a year and a half ago, two separate unassociated private emails were received a few days apart by the sole proprietor and founder of the CanJoe Company (established 1994) … Continue reading

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A recent phone call to the CanJoe Company of Blountville, TN came from a very sweet sounding voice of a lady who was searching for a stringed instrument that she, a non-musician, might easily learn to play. In her internet … Continue reading

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Andrew King’s Super Custom Canjoe

Nearly one year ago, CanJoe*John received an email from a young man who had purchased, on line from another maker, a one-stringed musical instrument using a can as its resonator and referred to as a canjo. He became curious as … Continue reading

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Heads Up Penny

Creating custom designed stringed musical instruments specific to the wishes, desires, tastes, as well as matching personalities and characteristics of the owners of their personal instruments is all about what the CanJoe Company, of Blountville, TN, does best. Occasionally, very … Continue reading

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Tour of Smiles-jo, 2017

Still in progress, this specific instrument is currently being created and hand crafted to commemorate the “Tour of Smiles”, a now 23+ year and still ongoing journey that began with a declaration to my wife as she lay dying from … Continue reading

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Always Custom Created

Every genuine CanJoe Company instrument is created specific to whoever will own it. Each is expertly hand crafted in every detail using the finest materials possible; real frets, real tuner key, real guitar/banjo string, completely musically accurate, every single one, … Continue reading

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The History of Canned Stringed Instruments

The history of stringed musical instruments using metal cans, tins, any and all metal based canisters, including fuel cans, oil cans, cookie tins, metal boxes or barrels, bread boxes, or even all sizes of food storage and beverage cans, regardless … Continue reading

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Early Days of the Genuine, Original ‘Canjoe’ Instrument

Some of the earliest days when the one-stringed canjoe instrument was barely heard of by virtually anyone in the world, much effort and money to get it popularized was expended. Herschel R. Brown (deceased), the official creator of the instrument … Continue reading

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“King of the One String Thing”

The CanJoe Company of Blountville, TN officially began operating as a licensed business in the year 1994, but prior to the legal beginning of the operation of the public commercial sales of these instruments by the proprietor, now known worldwide … Continue reading

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