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 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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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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