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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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Latest Activity: Jan 7, 2020

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


Discussion Forum

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 BrianQ. on November 13, 2019 at 1:23pm

Thank you, Sir!

Comment by Ted Crocker on November 13, 2019 at 12:12pm

Pretty cool Brian!

Comment by BrianQ. on November 13, 2019 at 12:59am

Shaped with one file & several different grits of sandpaper,                                Poplar, 18.5” scale, waiting for some tins in the mail 

Comment by Ted Crocker on September 14, 2019 at 12:18pm

great builds,  Angus!!

Comment by BrianQ. on September 13, 2019 at 10:55pm

Good stuff, angus 

Comment by Angus Edwards on September 13, 2019 at 5:44pm

My collection so far for the local art show in nimbin Australia 3 more still in the workshop I'm going to keep 2 for me

Comment by calim on November 1, 2014 at 5:18pm

( you can read about this scene in Alan Lomax's books; was so glad to find it on vidéo after i read it ! )

Comment by Wade on December 28, 2013 at 10:44pm
Comment by Gene Jaimez on October 11, 2013 at 8:19am


This is a six string diddley bow, same concept as a one stringer but with a full open tuning of your choice to play with.

Comment by Gene Jaimez on October 11, 2013 at 8:14am

Glad to be member of this group.


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