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Canjo Handicap 

Posted 3/4/2012 7:53:48 AM

Kept the canjo at 4 strings for a while just to test my mettle.

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2 comments on “Canjo Handicap”

idrewm Says:
Sunday, April 29, 2012 @9:12:38 PM

I'm fascinated by your tuning pegs. How do they work? I'm new to banjo and am about to attempt my first canjo build. I'm looking for any advice and info I can get.

stigandr5 Says:
Monday, April 30, 2012 @3:11:16 AM

These guys are pretty simple friction tuners. The holes in the peg head were drilled out and reamed slightly on one side (the back) to back it narrower on one end. I carved the pegs by hand to a rough fit and then sanded them the best I could to an almost-round profile. Once they fit and turned reasonably well, I marked a point on the peg about an eighth of an inch above where it came out the front of the peg head. I drilled (or in this case, burned) tiny holes perpendicular to the peg. After that, it's just a matter of stringing it up. I did eventually add some peg dope (used on violins) to keep them from slipping. Hope that helps, and let me know if you've got any further questions.

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