Always Custom Created

5 Year Old Custom

Dinosaur Canjoe

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, regardless of what level is made or chosen. No one alive in this world has more experience, or has even come close to making anything like or even resembling them at near the numbers of these cool, one-stringed musical instruments than has CanJoe*John. Having nearly 25 years experience in creating or crafting them, and most of those years without anything as even closely comparable as emulations offered by anyone else, anywhere in the world, his authentic, original instruments are simply the best in the world available. The CanJoe Company of Blountville, TN has produced thousands, upon thousands over the years and never, ever, received even one single complaint by anyone who has ever received or purchased one or more of them, so far.

The “Dinosaur-jo” created for a 5 year old boy as a Christmas gift from his grandmother, as seen in these posted photographs in this blog, is an example of the lessor priced instruments offered. It is made of poplar wood that began from a tobacco stick. The little guy who will treasure it loves dinosaurs. He is also the grandson of a now deceased 40 year veteran of the US Army. His great grandfather, too, is originally immigrated from Spain. The red and gold colors in the finger board are symbolic of the Spain’s national flag. The green spots on the finger board specifically mark the key notes of the instrument’s diatonic music scale. The large pearl imbedded in its head stock is to represent a dinosaur egg. The new owner not only loves dinosaurs, he loves the T Rex as his favorite, and the pterodactyl is his second favorite, thus the reason they are now a part of his finished instrument design.

A smaller version instrument, the “Christmas-jo Junior”(not pictured, yet), was created for the nearly 3 year old smaller little cousin of the 5 year old, and also as a gift from his grandmother. It is just 3/4 of the size of a full sized canjoe instrument, and too, is made of poplar wood that began from a tobacco stick. He also is the great grandson of a now deceased 28 year veteran of the US Army and the grandson of a 40 year veteran of the US Army. His great grandfather immigrated from Spain in 1917. The red and gold colors stained and presented in the finger board of his little instrument are also symbolic of the Spain’s national flag. Additionally, there is a beautiful glass star imbedded in the head stock of each and both instruments. The CanJoe Company has used the star image as part of its logos since its origin, now for over the past 25 years.

No two CanJoe Company instruments are ever alike. Everyone of them is made to match the character and personality of whomever owns them. They are the most unique items, ever, as Christmas gifts, or for any occasion. For more information please call 423-323-0174, or 423-612-4320 for all inquiries, details, ordering, pricing options, etc.

About CanJoe*John

CanJoe*John began making and marketing the authentic 'canjoe' instruments from their origin. Introduced to them by their creator, Herschel R. Brown, in the early 1990s, John, from the beginning, helped Herschel manufacture them in Herschel's shop. John relocated back to his home state of TN in 1993 and continued, initially with Herschel's direct assistance, to make and market them, establishing the licensed sole proprietorship, the CanJoe Company, in 1994. As a professional musician CanJoe*John became billed as the "world's most unique musician, playing the world's most unique musical instrument, the canjoe" (aka, canjo). Always with his own personal canjoe instrument in hand he was awarded the adult "2007 Male Bluegrass Instrumentalist of the Year" by the North American Country Music Association International (NACMAI), and now having the distinction of being the first and only canjoe picker to ever perform on the Grand Ole Opry, has literally taken the one-stringed thing to the outer limits! CanJoe*John is a master craftsman and artist who designs, creates and crafts these instruments as custom works of musical fine art for those who respect and require the best of the best, truly genuine, original one-stringed musical instruments. He can be reached via email at, or by phone at 423-612-4320.
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