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Having seen Seasick Steve playing his diddley bow on YouTube I wanted to have a go at making one. I thought it'd be cool if I could combine a walking stick with the string to make the instrument. Here's how I did it.

Step 1: What you need

Parts:

1. A wooden handle (70 cm ish..), or something similar. I used a childs rake (picture above)
2. Metal guitar string. Needs to be metal for the pickup to work.
3. Relay switch. This will be used as the pickup (check out my instructable for making this http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Pickup/ )
4. 1/4" mono audio jack.
5. Wire.
6. Guitar Machine head
7. 2x Flat head screws. These will be the nut and bridge.
8. Small nut and bolt. Need to be a small enough gauge to pass through the eye at the end of the guitar string.

Tools:

Saw
Clamps
Drill

File
May need a Hand plane
Wood Glue / PVA Glue

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I had never though of using a flat head screw as a nut/bridge. Great idea

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