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Cigar Box Fiddlers

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Voo Doo instruments

Started by Peter Rudolph. Last reply by Peter Rudolph Oct 9, 2014. 3 Replies

 I just built An…Continue

First fiddle build... What do I need to know?

Started by PKB Feb 13, 2014. 0 Replies

I have a few narrower boxes sitting around and I'd like to try my hand at a fiddle. I've built a couple CBG's so I kind of have some of the basics down.I am a relatively experienced guitar player…Continue

Fiddles and cellos as raw materials

Started by Paul H (PRH). Last reply by rusty case Nov 18, 2012. 7 Replies

Does anyone have an opinion on taking a fiddle (or this old clunker of a 3/4 cello I have) and making it into a dulcimer CBG etc.? The results would seem to be resonant creatures (I think) but what…Continue

Tags: dulcimer, CBG, violin, fiddle

Shorter Bows on Full Size Violin ??

Started by James Boutilier. Last reply by Roadkill a.k.a. John Maw Oct 29, 2011. 7 Replies

Hey all. I'm not a fiddle player.  I plan to build a box fiddle, Full Size. I also plan to learn to play. QUESTION:  can you use a 1/2 size Bow on a Full Size Violin?  I just find the bow really…Continue

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Comment by Randy S. Bretz on November 7, 2011 at 7:27pm
Comment by Jon Pruett on November 7, 2011 at 7:07pm
Looks gorgeous! Did it sell already? I can't find the listing on eBay....
Comment by Jim Tupper on November 7, 2011 at 5:59pm
Hi Diane..It plays great and sounds terrific in the right hands..I don't play that well but I will put something up on youtube later..The body measures 12" by 16"..I have it listed on ebay right now under jstuff2..
Comment by Diane in Chicago on November 7, 2011 at 3:22pm
And how does it play?  How wide is that box?
Comment by smokin' axe on November 7, 2011 at 9:54am






























Custom 3 string fiddle with a piezo pickup.
Comment by william Joseph mcbride on October 22, 2011 at 10:19am


 I play an array of Instruments from banjo to hurdy gurdy.
I picked up a Guitar Dulcimer 3 years ago and thought i would Make a cigar box version.
this went by the wayside and unfinished.
Then i discovered the Diddley Bow.
I finished the cigar box diddley 10-20-2011 with a Camel Snus resonator.
I will be putting a Transuducer in next and give it a wirl.
will post pictures soon.
I have also Just ordered a custome Cigar box Fiddle
with a Strum stick dulcimer neck from Blaine Horlocker who made my dulcimer.
He really likes a challenge. will send pics on that also.
If interested in having speciall items made like this you may want to check him out at


Comment by C Cook on July 25, 2011 at 9:48pm
Thanks for the info on bow material smokin'axe. Its been to hot to do much outside the fish aren't even bitting in the creek because the water is near ninty degrees. I'm going to get some use out of my fishing line anyway. Thanks again for the info :)
Comment by smokin' axe on July 25, 2011 at 1:11pm

C Cook - I used a 6 lb.  Also, I put about 60 strands of line on the bows. 


Comment by C Cook on July 25, 2011 at 10:45am

What size fishing line test weight do you use for your homemade bows Smokin' axe.


Comment by C Cook on July 24, 2011 at 8:35pm
Hi everybody, I wish I had found this site earlier as it would have helped me out. I just finished my first cigar box fiddle. I like to make things and to keep busy, I have made a varitey of diffrent instruments and have had fun doing it. Some one once told me that doing what you like keeps you young but the clock hasn't started running backwards for me yet. Let me know what you think of my latest build please. Thanks everybody

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