Hey everybody, this was a super fun project to make! It is a 4 string guitar made from an old gas can that I used to use for R/C airplane glow fuel.
This is not my original idea, there have been many other guitars made from an old empty can. In fact, I saw my first canjo on Youtube from this guy Richard Peek. He was playing an oil can banjo that he had made and I thought that it was amazing!
Since seeing his canjo and his playing, I have always wanted to make one for myself but, I don’t know how to play and I really don’t want to take the time to learn. Lazy I guess. So the idea just sat there taking up precious space in one of my two brain cells that are left.
Well, I will tell you that I have a brother-in-law that, around any gift giving occasion, will usually give me a thoughtful gift. Me on the other hand, when it’s my turn to return the thought, pass off the responsibility of getting him a gift to my wife. I don’t know what to get him. I am easy to buy for. Just get me a gift card to Rockler or a tool and I am good. ha ha
Anyway, he has had a birthday recently and we weren’t able to get together to celebrate it yet so I had some time. He plays guitar and I thought that now would be the perfect time to make him one out of my old gas can. If it sounds bad, at least it would be a really unique gift, hopefully something that he has never even seen before.
Well what you see in the pictures is what I came up with and I hope that he likes it. The letters on the head are his initials. The neck is made from a piece of madrone. The frets are finish nails that I blue with gun blue. I bought the geared tuners from a local music store. Of course the “theme” of the guitar is of miscellaneous screws and nails, kind of a hillbilly look. I like the fork that was used to attach the strings to, an idea that I got from rpeek.
Here are some links to a couple of videos that I made for the build of this guitar. I hope that you will get something from them.