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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Diddley Bow Tabs #5

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Comment by micky rooney on February 2, 2016 at 5:00am

Very nice...

Comment by Frank Carr on February 2, 2016 at 12:14am

Here are a couple of diddley bows I just completed. They have a 1" square dowel neck and a Halloween decoration coffin box for a body. I did a scarf joint headstock. The scale length is 24 3/4 and has acoustic guitar frets and abalone dot markers. The nut and bridge are cut off threaded rod. I install a piezo disc pickup in them. The key hole tailpieces are leftover scrapbooking supplies.

They don't have a lot of volume unplugged because the coffin boxes are rather small. The jack is on the back since it wouldn't fit anywhere else with the neck thru taking up most of the box space.

Comment by Gordon Cooper on January 30, 2016 at 8:45am

If fellow diddley players want to hear some new definitely far South of the Delta sounds for inspiration, have a listen to South American diddley bows, played for martial arts classes-

http://www.capoeira-music.net/capoeira-rhythms/

Comment by gary sheldon on November 20, 2014 at 12:21pm

Hi Garreth,

I dug out my main diddley bows yesterday after not seeing them for a while.

I have built 3.  One sounds good, the other 2 not so.

The good one uses a Ashton box.  I like these boxes a lot for diddley bows, and ukes.  The larger one for the ukes ande the smaller for the diddley bows. They have a thin plywood top and back.  I think I will take the other 2 apart and put those necks in the Ashton boxes.

I use a slotted screw for the nut.  It works real well.

Also I have used both round and square dowells.  Like you, i round off the underside of the square dowells.

I haven't put piezos in any so far.  Probably won't.  I want them to be cheap and fast to build.

Comment by Garreth Blackwell on August 15, 2014 at 2:50pm

Been meaning to start making and playing all the different varieties of CBGs for years now. Finally did. Made one last night and finished it up this morning. 

I used a small box with a square poplar dowel that I spent a good while rounding over on the back side so it's more comfortable for the player to hold. I sanded the box down a good bit and used a few layers of deck stain to give it a distressed color (solid white with semi-solid federal blue over top). A lot of finishing sanding and a coat of beeswax for some shine finished it out. The nut is a hose clamp, the bridge is a nut and bolt, and the sound holes are filed with small sink strainers. 

I'd love to hear any suggestions from veteran builders out there. I had a blast doing it!

Comment by Phil Thomas on July 24, 2014 at 3:39am
Looking good Gary. Well done!
Comment by micky rooney on July 24, 2014 at 3:14am

Finish them up and let's see and hear them...

Comment by gary sheldon on July 23, 2014 at 8:47pm

2 Diddley Bows.  7/8 dowells for necks.  I can't make this site work.

Comment by Wichita Sam on July 11, 2014 at 9:04am

gary, yes, that's right.... my bad,;; isn't that an oxy-moron... "decimal inches"?  look up Shane Speal's "How to play a diddley bow" series on YouTube.  It will get you a great start...

Sam

Comment by gary sheldon on July 9, 2014 at 2:25am

I just finished my first diddley bow.  I used a 7/8" dowell for the neck and a smallish cigar box for the body.  I used a .021"  string, wound.  I think it is a D string.  Is that right Sam?  These strings are measured in decimal inches, not guage, so I am not sure I got the right one.  No frets, no piezo pup (yet).

 

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