Thursday, 23 August 2012

Diddley Bow

Around a hundred years ago Delta Blues musicians made and played their own basic one-string ‘guitars’ and created powerful music. Sometimes known as ‘diddley bows’, ‘jitterbugs’ or ‘one-strings’ , the instruments were built from a wide variety of available (often discarded) materials. The single string was either hammered or plucked and different note pitches were obtained by sliding a bottle neck (or a key or any hard object) along the wire or guitar string .

It has been re-invented as the Nineboys Wedge, and we have it in stock, full of amazing possibilities. Watch the video at  and then come in and try ity out!

Next to it in the shop is another amazing guitar innovation.............but I'll tell you about that another day!