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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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).

Comment by Wade on July 8, 2014 at 10:04pm

My first wall wart diddley bow pickup. I broke open the wall wart, yanked out the metal plugs and soldered the wires. I bent back the metal tabs to allow the pickup to be attached with wire. I attached an additional mag to increase output. great sound but may spring for a rare earth mag to increase output.

-can't see it in the pic but I used a screw as a pole piece to go through the top and stick.

 
Comment by gary sheldon on July 7, 2014 at 12:34pm

Thanks, sam

Comment by Wichita Sam on July 7, 2014 at 8:58am

for general use I like light gauge wound strings... 21-24gauge. You still get plenty of treble for melody play and it is easier on the fingers than solid strings....

 

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