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Happy Hogmanay to all builders and players worldwide. A confession - I have been studying, scrolling and scrutinising this website for around four years for ideas and opinions on building banjos and…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by darryl kernaghan Nov 21, 2017. 3 Replies

Hi all.My problem is when I was posting the description on how I made my one stringer I could not make paragraphs beyond a certain character limit.That led me to have to count back letters and keep…Continue

 

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Happy Hogmanay to all builders and players worldwide. A confession - I have been studying, scrolling and scrutinising this website for around four years for ideas and opinions on building banjos and box guitars. I have stolen ,redefined, adapted and probably corrupted much more than I have contributed so this is just to say THANK YOU for your input and ideas. I WILL show the products of these ideas. Thank you again.Happy New Year !!! See More
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"Uncle John - It was ME who thought everyone else needed that.I'll maybe see you in six months for another syringing..."
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"I never thought I'd see the word eclectic in any replies.It was nearly not ELECTRIC!! .I had to resolder the connections.Thanks for the kind comments past and maybe future.Please feel free to be critical.I am keen to learn from the old (and…"
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The ongoing versatility and infinite number of combinations/challenge of overcoming problems and sharing ideas for the best look/feel and sound.

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At 10:46am on October 24, 2017, Ian Boyd said…

I first learned of the concept of home made diddley bows/guitars etc through watching Seasick Steve on Later With Jools Holland some years ago and later in 2015 when i stumbled upon various sites including this one .The blues has always manifested itself in my life over the years in one way or another in the form of health issues/unemployment etc and the old adage about 'livin' the blues is no less true than it was in say,the 1930's.I attempted to build my first diddley bow with a cylindrical wooden box,a pine rail from an old bed headrest and some galvanised wire but various things failed.This made me research things more thoroughly online.I think I prefer to make improvements on the three instruments I have rather than keep building more and more.I have made one amplifier also to attempt to create distortion.I have been a fan of the blues for over 20 years but also like folk/rock and even some country.I can also play a bit of harmonica but not much blues.I have sourced materials from bargain/charity shops and whatever is lying around.The best challenge is trying to learn ANY tune on these instruments.

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Wireless pickup...

Posted on January 30, 2018 at 8:19pm 1 Comment

from wireless earphones.Anyone managed to make this work.Earphones can be turned into microphones and this would stop the player being t ethered to their amp.I have seen wireless earphones for sale and wonder if they could work.

 
 
 

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