Yep i dit get that , i was just wondering Why, not in the best of my days some stupid virus is taking my hearing away on the right side ,still trying whit the doctors got rid of the cold but not the deafness!!
Hey Turtlehead, hope all's well. I just got the Diddley today! It's a bit surreal for me, I haven't had my hands on many cigar box instruments that were built by someone else. This little thing is great.
Turtlehead hey, are you still searching for «historical examples of three string CBGs?» Should we open a new forum asking folks about their first three string CBG if built before 01.01.2000 or an earlier date, how it was tuned, and where they got the idea from, tracing back the inspiration step by step.
Some days ago I mailed Mac Arnold who still plays on a three string gas can guitar, but didn't yet get an answer: «Dear Mac, wikipedia states that your musical journey began in the 1950s when you and your brother Leroy fashioned a guitar from a steel gas can, wood, nails, and screen wire: I have two questions: how many strings had your first gas can guitar and how it was tuned? Did you maintain these settings till now?»
Maybe working with phone calls could be a better option, asking always for contact data about the person to ask next, but for this kind of investigation I'm living to far from folks which have relevant information.
From our Wisconsin lumberjacks I moved to Northern Finland to check if they know similar instruments and bingo: diddley bows with a can as resonator. In a recent blog I asked finnish followers for photos, but till now without success.
Yeah man, it would be great to see your process. I'm beginning to think that the time I spend trying to figure this stuff out would be better spent simply making and playing instruments. But then I see some of the cool vids like yours and Charles' and I get pulled into wanting to learn how to do that. Any info will be much appreciated!