Tuna can guitar

Tuna can guitar

CRAFT and MAKE pals Jessica Wilson and J. Stevens have worked up this cute “canjo” made from a tuna can:

The Tune-a-Fish Special

25 inches (63.5 cm) long with a 4 inch (10 cm) diameter can. This simple, two-string, fretless Canjo is handmade from recycled materials and includes a glass slide and a plastic pick. The Tune-a-fish Special is a real working instrument, easy and fun to play even for the novice. The two strings tuned to G and D produce a swell sittin-on-the-front-porch twang on the bottom of the empty tunafish can.


4 thoughts on “Tuna can guitar

  1. MadRat says:

    That sounds a lot like a Japanese shamisen (or however you spell it).

  2. John Smith says:

    The Tune-a-Fish Special URL link above goes to a blank page. This is a very cool project. Please fix or post the instructions here. I have made a very similar guitar but I mounted the can on top of the wood (open end facing outwards resonates well), and then made the string come thru the wood, into the can, and then out of the can using a 1/8 drill bit for all of the string holes. And a 3/8 drill bill for the screw hole to attach the can to the wood. Thanks, and happy holidays !

    1. jessica wilson says:

      Hi John! Sorry about that link not working, we sold out of the canjos and the link led to our shop page. Jeff hasn’t posted a diy as of yet but his first canjo was much like the one you described. For that, he used a rusty can picked up out in the mojave desert. Not satisfied with a single string, he began playing around with two and other sorts of cans until he hit upon the Tune-a-fish special. You can drop him a line through gmail where he goes by the name spazimal. 

  3. Blue Coaster33 says:

    The Absent Game

    Involving me and my husband we have owned a lot more MP3 gamers through the years than I can count, such as Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few many years I’ve settled down to one line of players.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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