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Diddley Bows & 1 Stringers

HEY people,,,just startin this group...will add more later.How to build, tune, play - videos and more.

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So I went ahead and made me a guitar. I got me a cigar box, I cut me a round hole in the middle of it, take me a little piece of plank, nailed it onto that cigar box, and I got me some screen wire and I made me a bridge back there and raised it up high enough that it would sound inside that little box, and got me a tune out of it. I kept my tune and I played from then on. —Lightnin' Hopkins


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DIDDLEY BOW,,,tuning and playin tips.

Started by Willardj. Last reply by Willardj Aug 29, 2012. 3 Replies

Scott Ainslie teaches resonance... BIG DADDY PLAYIN TIPS. Jon Nelson,,,check his other youtube diddley bow instructionals. Continue


2 Screwdriver attack!!!!!!!

Started by Kevin Lassiter Oct 6, 2011. 0 Replies

I've been working on this technique for a little time now & it sounds great! As soon as I get video I'll post it. Anyone else tried this before?

Eddie "One String" Jones

Started by Kevin Lassiter Sep 29, 2011. 0 Replies

I'm having trouble finding info about him, other than the few facts I've found on One String Willie's website. Can anyone help me with this? I'm looking for ANYTHING; cd's, photos, bio, etc......…Continue

Tombstone Diddley Bow?

Started by Kevin Lassiter. Last reply by jim Sep 27, 2011. 2 Replies

Yes you read right, a Diddley on a tombstone. Lonnie Pitchford's headstone has a Diddley Bow on it, which oddly enough the stone was paid for by a Mr John Fogerty.


Started by Willardj. Last reply by Neil Lindsay Apr 14, 2011. 6 Replies

Just start lookin at our members pics...u can figure it out.Thanks to JON NELSON video. Continue

Tags: delta, blues, guitar, box, bow

WASHBOARD,cajun style,build and play de handmade music way!!!

Started by Willardj. Last reply by Tres Seaver Dec 26, 2009. 1 Reply

THIS SITE IS ABOUT HANDMADE MUSIC,,,washboards need to be here....Washboard Leo Thomas Music "Washboard Bill" is "the world's best washboard player" Washboard Chaz teaches washboard technique "Our…Continue

Tags: music., washboardshandmade, blues, cajun

HONORABLE MENTION,,,hear great diddley bow players here.

Started by Willardj. Last reply by Ottie(Sky Dog)Noble Dec 12, 2009. 1 Reply

SO U WANT TO MAKE A DIDDLEY BOW,CHECK THES PLAYERS OUT...Oh what a one string can say...try it you'll like it.Others to be added shortly.Thanks to all de great…Continue

Tags: willie, string, one, bow, diddley

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Comment by Happy on October 20, 2011 at 8:34pm

Hello, I am new here. I am really getting into make didley bows. I like to make the "guitar like" ones.. I think I can call them that. I have made two short scale ones. The first one, below I made from a peice of red oak for the neck, and the body is one of those pine collector box shelf that I bought for a dollar. I also made a piezo pickup from a radio shack piezo buzzer and installed a 1/4 jack in the bottom. Because the inside has many square spaces, it resonates well.

The 2nd picture is another didley bow that I made, the neck is pine, the diamond pattern I made using black marker over masking tape. The body is a pop corn tin cover that has a great edge on. I was able to install a 1/4 jack in that one as well with a piezo pickup. I ant to install a volume pot on this one. I see that Mr.Ted has a wiring diagram out the pickup and volume pot, I just need to figure out if that "dot" on the volume pot suppose to be a drop of solder.

Comment by Ted Crocker on October 8, 2011 at 9:40am

Kevin, here's some other views of the Ted Bau to give you an idea how it's made.  Here's the photo album.


Find more photos like this on Handmade Music Clubhouse


Comment by Kevin Lassiter on October 7, 2011 at 11:23pm
Hey Ted! I tried running the string thru the can myself. With the right can, big wire & scale length; it'd be a great Diddley Bass.
Comment by Kevin Lassiter on October 7, 2011 at 4:07pm
Well I now have some other starting points for mine. The two with cans, are the strings run through the can itself? I imagine it's got a deep tone.
Comment by Ted Crocker on October 7, 2011 at 10:40am
Thanks Kevin.  The top one is 'the Bird of Prey'.  It is parts from a chair someone had put out for trash.  I think the wood is cherry.
Comment by Kevin Lassiter on October 7, 2011 at 9:06am
Nice One-Strings Ted! I have to ask though, what is the top picture made of? Thanks for the ideas man!
Comment by Ted Crocker on October 6, 2011 at 10:34pm

Comment by Kevin Lassiter on October 3, 2011 at 10:21am
I advise anyone who is interested in diddley bows to go to www.onestringwillie.com & drop him a line. Willie is one of the BEST players around & will gladly answer any questions you have. Check his videos on You Tube as well!
Comment by Kevin Lassiter on September 30, 2011 at 10:11pm
I have a new video posted on my you tube channel, HomeSpun Sound. I'm having trouble uploading it here, so if you'd like to see it just search my channel on you tube. If you do, I'd love some feedback. Quality isn't all that great though.
Comment by Bo on September 30, 2011 at 8:18pm


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