Ian Boyd
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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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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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