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


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 https://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.



May need a Hand plane
Wood Glue / PVA Glue
You could enter this in the <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Scoochmaroo-Challenge-Fathers-Day/">Father's Day Challenge</a>!
I had never though of using a flat head screw as a nut/bridge. Great idea

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Bio: I am a Mechanical Engineer who loves making random things!
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