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barefootgypsy
10-17-2012, 08:53 AM
I'm determined to make one of these things over the winter. It's a home-made one-string instrument made out of junk finds and a pick-up, though some are acoustic..... but has anyone on here made one? I've used a drill and a junior hacksaw in the past.... !

Lalz
10-17-2012, 09:31 AM
I haven't yet but it so happens to be one of my plans for the winter too! Cool! We should share our experiences once we get started :rock:

vanflynn
10-17-2012, 10:51 AM
I know Bo Diddley but not Diddley-bow. Do you have any pics?

barefootgypsy
10-17-2012, 10:55 AM
I know Bo Diddley but not Diddley-bow. Do you have any pics?A-ha! Apparently Bo Diddley made one of these things and took his name from it! It's a "roots" type blues instrument - usually home-made Here's Seasick Steve playing one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMf-em-56Mc

Apparently someone made his for him though - I read.....

vanflynn
10-17-2012, 11:02 AM
Awesome. I like the way he ductapes it to his leg!

barefootgypsy
10-17-2012, 11:06 AM
Awesome. I like the way he ductapes it to his leg!Yeah, it's amazing - there are quite a few of these on Youtube - I'd be so proud of myself if I managed to make one without any practical assistance!

gnordenstam
10-17-2012, 11:24 AM
I built one recently. Used a 1x2 piece of poplar, and empty dog food can for the resonator, and a spare guitar tuning peg. Now I'm working on a three string fretless cigar box slide guitar. I'm hoping to drill the headstock for the tuning pegs this evening and then apply a finish to the neck.

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barefootgypsy
10-17-2012, 11:32 AM
I built one recently. Used a 1x2 piece of poplar, and empty dog food can for the resonator, and a spare guitar tuning peg. Now I'm working on a three string fretless cigar box slide guitar. I'm hoping to drill the headstock for the tuning pegs this evening and then apply a finish to the neck.

--GWow, fantastic! Be sure and report back when you've finished it! And thanks for sharing the pics - are you pleased with your diddley-bow? Does it sound how you expected?

gnordenstam
10-17-2012, 11:46 AM
Yeah, the diddly bow is fun. It does sound the way I expected - I just need to get better at it. I found a cool book - "The Handmade Music Factory" that has lots of info on building stuff like this.
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barefootgypsy
10-17-2012, 11:51 AM
Yeah, the diddly bow is fun. It does sound the way I expected - I just need to get better at it. I found a cool book - "The Handmade Music Factory" that has lots of info on building stuff like this.
--GThanks for that - I'll look for it! Lesley

J-Peg
10-17-2012, 04:27 PM
A great resource for stuff like this is Cigar Box Nation. (http://www.cigarboxnation.com)
I'm wading into the world of building cigar box ukuleles and I couldn't have gotten anywhere without that community.

Their main focus is on 3 and 4 string guitars, but they have a ukulele group and a group for "Diddly Bows and Other Primitives." (http://www.cigarboxnation.com/group/diddleyclass)

gnordenstam
10-19-2012, 05:45 AM
I finished up my 3-string cigar box guitar last night. Cigar Box Nation (http://www.cigarboxnation.com/) is a great site. Other helpful sites are Cigar Box Guitars (http://cigarboxguitars.com/) and Handmade Music Clubhouse (http://www.handmademusicclubhouse.com/).

Here are a couple of pics of final assembly...
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barefootgypsy
10-19-2012, 07:04 AM
A great resource for stuff like this is Cigar Box Nation. (http://www.cigarboxnation.com)
I'm wading into the world of building cigar box ukuleles and I couldn't have gotten anywhere without that community.

Their main focus is on 3 and 4 string guitars, but they have a ukulele group and a group for "Diddly Bows and Other Primitives." (http://www.cigarboxnation.com/group/diddleyclass)Thanks for the link, J-Peg! I've saved it for that time when I dip my toes in those waters.... ooh, exciting......:D

barefootgypsy
10-19-2012, 07:05 AM
I finished up my 3-string cigar box guitar last night. Cigar Box Nation (http://www.cigarboxnation.com/) is a great site. Other helpful sites are Cigar Box Guitars (http://cigarboxguitars.com/) and Handmade Music Clubhouse (http://www.handmademusicclubhouse.com/).

Here are a couple of pics of final assembly...
44284 44285 44286That looks just great! Now we need a video! :cool: