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I found this info elsewhere on this site:
Using acoustic guitar strings is recommended by Shane Speal, the King of the Cigar Box Guitar, and I’m not
one to argue with the king. He uses John Pearse acoustic guitar strings, gauged .045, .035, .026.
You could build a 2 string Diddley Bow with octave strings. Refer to a pack of "12 string guitar" strings. Pick any pair (lower strings might be better - E, A, D) and tune to the same note. Enjoy, Keni Lee