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Building It

  1. The maple 1″×2″ is going to be the neck of your diddley bow (Figure 13-3 is an anatomical diagram of a generic string instrument). Decide which 2″ face looks nicest (and smoothest); this will be your fingerboard. Measure 2″ from the end of your fingerboard and draw a line across the board. Now measure 25″ down from this line, and draw a second line. Finally, measure 2″ further down (or 27″ down from the first line) and draw one more line. The first line marks the placement of your diddley bow’s nut (on a stringed instrument, the nut is a slotted guide just below the tuning pegs; it holds the strings in place, keeping them the appropriate distance from the finger board to prevent rattle—usually called fret buzz). The second line marks ...

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