Diddley Bows and Other Primitives

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Diddley Bows and Other Primitives

A place to discuss one-string diddley bows, washtub basses, washboards and any other primitive instrument that may fall outside the Cigar Box realm.

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One String Wonder

Started by BrianQ. Jan 29, 2021. 0 Replies

Bridges

Started by Ken Thompson Nov 27, 2020. 0 Replies

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Comment by Frank Carr on July 26, 2020 at 9:09am

Just completed this 'rusty paint can' Diddley bow. It was made from:

A 1 quart paint can, dented up and painted with a blend of acrylic paints (burnt sienna, Mississippi mud, mustard yellow and shrimp red).

A piece of pallet wood that was painted with Varathane charred wood accelerator then with dabbed with the Mississippi mud, mustard yellow and shrimp red paints.

It has a single coil Strat style magnetic pickup and a piezo disc inside the can. A 2 way switch allows selection. Magnetic is good for when you don't want the can sound.

Bridge and nut are cut threaded rods. Tuner is a cheap gear tuner. Dot markers are brass screws. 

Comment by BrianQ. on October 15, 2019 at 11:33pm

Found the beginnings of a Diddley pushed behind a pile of wood, Poplar, with regular hardwood Toothpicks & Bamboo skewer Nut. Time to git ‘er done...

Comment by BrianQ. on October 6, 2019 at 2:46pm

Mock up for Xmas one stringer

Comment by Clint Spotts on August 6, 2019 at 11:01pm

Plans for a “Doodle Bass”. Credit goes to Dennis Havlena ( www.dennishavlena.com ). Cool site - may inspire a new build!

Comment by Poorness Studios on February 1, 2019 at 6:24am

My first diddley...

Comment by Tim Pannabecker on January 18, 2019 at 10:22pm

Mickey and Brian,   I agree and have a more clear understanding .

Thank you and Juston Johnson who redefined my understanding of Amazing Grace, with only one string.  So I have to make one.

thanks again

Comment by BrianQ. on January 18, 2019 at 7:54pm

Plenty of tabs in this group as well as the cbg tabs group? But stick with the blues scale Mickey suggested & you can’t go wrong? Cheers 

Comment by Seasick Mick on January 18, 2019 at 7:21pm

Tim Pannabecker….Put on the blues fret notes 3 5 6 7 10 and 12.You can't go wrong with those...

Comment by Andy Dobbs on August 25, 2018 at 5:36am
Very nice !!
Comment by Vern Hallett on March 12, 2018 at 12:35pm

My latest diddley bow inspired by Ben Baker's "Hobo Fiddle".

 

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One String Wonder

Started by BrianQ. Jan 29, 2021. 0 Replies

Bridges

Started by Ken Thompson Nov 27, 2020. 0 Replies

Diddley Bow Tabs #5

Started by BrianQ. Apr 22, 2019. 0 Replies

Diddley Bow Tabs #4

Started by BrianQ. Jan 25, 2019. 0 Replies

Diddley Bow Tabs #3

Started by BrianQ. Nov 28, 2018. 0 Replies

1 String Tab

Started by BrianQ.. Last reply by BrianQ. Nov 15, 2018. 1 Reply

Diddley Bow Tabs #2

Started by BrianQ. Nov 8, 2018. 0 Replies

Diddley Bow Tabs

Started by BrianQ. Nov 5, 2018. 0 Replies

Dead Flowers Diatonic Tab for Rolling Stones fans

Started by Jeff Powers. Last reply by Jeff Powers Oct 5, 2017. 2 Replies

Cookie Tin Diddley Bow

Started by Jeffrey Greene May 12, 2017. 0 Replies

First stringed instrument build!

Started by Bob. Last reply by Bob Apr 30, 2017. 3 Replies

My first Diddley-Bow!

Started by Boris Timofeenko. Last reply by Dano Schultz Apr 23, 2017. 2 Replies

String For My First Diddley Bow

Started by Jeffrey Greene Apr 11, 2017. 0 Replies

Showing off my first Diddley Bow.

Started by Andrew Cooper. Last reply by Andrew Cooper Mar 11, 2017. 2 Replies

Harmonica tab to Diddley bow/Canjo

Started by James Conder. Last reply by Gordon Cooper Dec 6, 2016. 1 Reply

My double stringer

Started by Craig Simpson Nov 14, 2016. 0 Replies

One Thumb

Started by Gordon Cooper Jan 30, 2016. 0 Replies

Where to mark the Neck?

Started by Keith Stanford. Last reply by Bob Taylor Jan 27, 2016. 5 Replies

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