You can never have enough guitars

Diddley Bow.

I know, I know. It’s not a real instrument.

  1. It’s a lot of fun for me personally.
    – When you take a stick and an old string, and some magnet and few meters of wire… and you make it sound like a hell. Well, that’s fun! 🙂
  2. You can do a lot of quick and dirty tests and experiments and you always learn what is the best for you from it.
    – Originally I was using the regular piezo element from the buzzer as many CBG folks do.  But apart from the CBG I just can’t really shield it inside Diddley Bow. As you can guess – a lot of the feedback noise. So I decided to upgrade it with my new discovery: magnetic pickup made from the old broken headphones and the sewing bobbin.
  3. And finally it’s a well known tool among blues stars. Check this out:

So, why not to give a try?

As I’ve already noticed there was a piezo pickup at the beginning.
I don’t know if it’s my personal invention or somebody does it to.
Here is my idea of a magnetic pickup:
DIY Magnetic Pickup

  • an empty small sewing bobbin;
  • a copper wire from some old transformer/power supply;
  • a flat head metal screw;
  • a magnet (or two) from cheap broken headphones;
  • adhesive foam stripe to put everything

Click the image on the left to enlarge and see the result.

The “logistec” cup is just covering the extent of the crew for decorative goal only.
The input jack is a part left from the other project “Amigo Travel Guitar Goes Electric”.





And at the end just the frontend and backend close-ups for details.
front back

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