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Offline Matt125

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Need help with an electric didley bow
« on: October 01, 2017, 06:52:44 am »
I am building an electric didley bow with the kids. I have a broom handle, a G string, some screws, a cigar box  and a junk guitar that a friend gave me. I know the pickups work and the output jack is OK.

I have no idea how to solder the components. The photo below shows the parts (pickup, volume pot, jack).

As I dismantled the old guitar i noticed that the white wire went to a tone knob, the short red went to a pickup selector, the long red went to the pickup selector and the blue pickup wire is attached to the volume pot.

My guess is that I remove the short red wire and attach the red pickup wire to the same spot. I can remove the short white wire as this would seem to be redundant. The blue pickup wire is correct.

I have no idea how to attach the jack wires.

Also, would it matter if the pick runs parrallel to the guitar string instead of perpendicular? I have seen didley bows set up this way.

I would appreciate any help.




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Re: Need help with an electric didley bow
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2017, 10:43:24 am »
This looks like the original wiring.


So what if I wire:
1. blue pickup wire  to back of volume pot.
2. white pickup wire to position 3 on the volume pot.
3. wire from position 2 on volume pot to tip on output jack.
4. wire from back of volume pot to sleeve on output jack.



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Re: Need help with an electric didley bow
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2017, 10:46:25 am »
That  was a fun project. I decided to connect the pickup straight to the output jack. It's a bit noisy. I suspect a volume pot would clean things up. I might add it eventually.

Here is a pic. The pencil lines mark out the minor pentatonic scale.


I was motivated by Justin Johnson in this video.


« Last Edit: October 03, 2017, 01:15:20 am by Matt125 »

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Re: Need help with an electric didley bow
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2017, 06:57:01 pm »
Just seen this, Justin is amazing he gets a good tune out of anything with strings on ;)
Good luck with your project, I've got a 3 string fretless Cigar box guitar that's great fun, it's helping me a lot to learn slide!
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Re: Need help with an electric didley bow
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2017, 02:22:03 am »
Thanks Darrell

I reattached the pic. Hopefully it can be seen now.  I am thinking of building a 2 string version. I still have some machine heads and two pickups left over.

I've never considered  slide guitar prior to this but it has whet my appetite.

It is surprisingly fun to play  :)

 

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