I’m making a series of one-string roots music diddley bow instruments for Christmas presents. The profits go to Spark Creative Artspace to help meet expenses. Each will be unique, one of a kind, creations and will come with a metal slide which is required for playing. Prices range between $25 to $40 depending on time and materials required. Add $15 for an electric pickup allowing the instrument to be play through a guitar amplifier. As far as possible each will be made with “found” repurposed materials.
Diddley bows are an offshoot of the original stringed instrument, the hunting bow. In American music history they are the instrument that B.B. King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and countless others learned their first guitar licks on.
If you’d like me to reserve one for you just call me on Spark’s phone number, 937 763 ART1 (2781). If necessary leave a message with your name and phone number and I’ll get back to you.
If time permits I’ll also be building several 3-string fretless cigar box guitars. Price will be $99 with profits going to Spark.
Below are a few photos of what I’ve recently built.