Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Albert King, "One-String'' Jones,
Jesse Mae Hemphill, Elmore James, Pinetop Perkins, Lightnin' Hopkins,
Son House, Charlie Patton, John Lee Hooker, Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt, Jimmy Reed, Luther Allison and Lonnie Pitchford are a few of the blues people that have played diddley bows.
"The one-string musical instrument"
Weirton, WV 26062
The old metal "snuff can"
once used as the wedge
(a movable bridge) has
been replaced with the
"ALTOIDS" tin and
resonates with a nice
rustic sound for the blues.
SPECIALIZING IN HANDCRAFTED DIDDLEY BOWS
We use only the finest Red Oak with interesting grain patterns
Tune to any key with a twist of a
tuner and play along with anyone!
You won't believe your ears !
The diddley bow may have been the first instrument that produced the
sound of sliding rhythm and the whines and cries of a single string that
later became the distinctive sound known today as the "blues". It was
common to the rural south in the 1800's and was made by stretching a
piece of broom or cotton wire around two nails and a bottle or snuff can
wedged under the wire to create tension for pitch. The string was plucked
while sliding a piece of metal or glass on it to produce notes.
This site last updated on November 14th, 2017
This song is played on a similar diddley bow!