Bays Mtn Longbeards Auction 2012

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The annual “Hunting Heritage Banquet” benefit auction held in Kingsport, TN on February 18, 2012 by the Bays Mountain Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) sold this cool CanJoe Company instrument along with its specially hand painted, camouflaged, customized amplifier to the highest bidder for a grand total of ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000).

The CanJoe Company has, prior to this year’s model, created and hand crafted four (4) exquisite custom builds for the Bays Mountain Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). The first one, from the year 2008 sold at $225 dollars; the 2009 model sold at $275; the 2010 model sold at $535; and the last year’s model, 2011, sold at $575. This post was first uploaded as a preview of this 2012 model which has now since been auctioned to the highest bidder at the annual banquet held in Kingsport, TN on February 18, 2012. This year’s model was themed to represent the wild turkey’s favorite tree & favorite food, the oak tree & the acorn. It has been named as the NWTF 2012 “Oak Leaf & Acorns” model canjo, and is another genuine, one-of-a-kind, hand crafted work of art, officially and exclusively created by the one and only authentic, original CanJoe Company of Blountville, TN.

The hand carved tail part of this beautiful custom build is of 100+ year old red oak barn wood, designed and shaped to represent a large oak leaf. The can, the instrument’s resonator, is a modified Mountain Dew aluminum bottle showing the face of the original Mountain Dew ‘hillbilly’ image and is a factory dated ‘first of issue’ version by the Pepsi Cola Bottling company. The instrument neck is a very fine, flawless, number one grade piece of white oak wood and inlaid into it is the fretted ebony wood finger board which is also beautifully inlaid with seven mother-of-pearl designs. In the head stock is also imbedded two real acorns that are perfectly positioned just above the inlaid brass NWTF logo. This specific 2012 model has also been designed and created as fully electric with its own built in pickup and 1/4″ jack. Customized to go with the instrument included a hand painted camouflaged Estafon electric guitar amp. A video of the actual auction is now posted below!

For details on how to order your own custom CanJoe Company instrument, please call 423-323-0174

Below is the video of the auction held on February 18, 2012. The 2012 “Oak Leaf & Acorns” CanJoe Company creation has now made and now holds the world record for being the ONLY one-stringed ‘canjo’, or ‘canjoe’, musical instrument ever made or offered by anyone, anywhere in the world, and in the entire world’s history, that has ever been sold, or paid for at the price that this instrument brought. This is a clear testimony to all of the quality of craftsmanship and the true art that is produced of these instruments and exclusively by the genuine, original, authentic ‘canjo’ master, CanJoe*John!

This year’s NWTF ‘Hunting Heritage Banquet’ for the Bays Mountain Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) was held at the Americourt, located in Kingsport, TN. A big “thank you” goes out to the banquet chairman, Toy Simpson, for another GREAT event!!!

About CanJoe*John

CanJoe*John, the "world's most unique musician, plays the world's most unique musical instrument, the canjoe" (aka, canjo). Awarded the adult 2007 "Bluegrass Instrumentalist of the Year" by the North American Country Music Association International (NACMAI), and having the distinction of being the first and only canjoe picker to ever perform on the Grand Ole Opry, he has literally taken his one-stringed thing, his canjoe musical instrument, to the outer limits! Now he is taking his cool, unique, hand made signature instruments to their highest and most valuable use...he gives them to kids who are under the care of specialty children's hospitals for use as fun and very effective music therapy. He's now on tour of these children's hospitals and the tour is known as the "Tour of Smiles". To learn more about CanJoe*John, the CanJoe Company founder & sole proprietor, the entertainer, the old-time Appalachian mountain storytelling musician, the recording and performing artist, the canjoe musical instrument provider/maker/designer and master craftsman, the philanthropic entrepreneur on a mission, check out his web site at
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One Response to Bays Mtn Longbeards Auction 2012

  1. John, the new 2012 CanJoe looks great, and sounds even better! Good luck with the auction!!! :-)

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