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Over 4000 Sold Since 2005

" A one of a kind professional stage instrument
that will turn heads and last a lifetime."

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Distressed 1 or 2 String Electric Diddley Bow Cigar Box Guitar

Hand Wound or Humbucker Magnetic Pickup

Professionally Made Smack Dab in the Middle of the Delta For Professional Musicians

Signed and serialized.

Several Coats of Lacquer For Years of Protection

Compensated Bridge For Perfect String Intonation

Humbucker pickup (no hum) and fantastic grinding blues tone!

Most models have a 5th 4th 3rd and 2nd strings, however you can use heavier gauge strings.

Uses the E and A and D (6th, 5th, 4th) String Tuned E,A But You Can String and Tune it however you like!

Weighted Body For Perfect Balance and Extra Sustain

Georgeous Looks and Tone!

Uses any electric guitar strings

NOTE: I use various large boxes for the bog bowl resos, stock may vary

Gorgeous Box With Reliced Finish.

What Is A Diddley Bow?

I'm glad you asked : )

The diddley bow may have been the first instrument that produced the sound of sliding rhythm and the whines and cries of a single string that later became the distinctive sound known today as the "Blues". It was common to the rural south in the 1800's and was made by taking a piece of broom or cotton wire and stretching it between two nails tied to the side of a wooden frame house, with a bottle or "snuff can" wedged under the wire to create tension for pitch. The string was plucked while sliding a piece of metal or glass on it to produce notes. The "diddley bow" is similiar to an African one-string instrument that was called an "Umakweyana."

"In Africa, too, these instruments have been overlooked or not found worth reporting. For this reason we have notable gaps in our African distribution map. Monochord zithers are common in a relatively compact region of Africa including southeastern Nigeria, southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Republic of Congo, and the southwestern tip of the Central African Republic....[the instruments] are played mostly by two (male) youngsters, one striking the string with two sticks, the other altering its pitch by stopping the string with a knife, bottle, or other object, often sliding along it." Gerhard Kubik

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1 String Single Coil $179.99 + $25 shipping

1 String Humbucker $189.99 + $25 shipping

2 String Single Coil $179.99 + $25 shipping

2 String Humbucker $189.99 + $25 shipping

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