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Modifying the $10 Electric Guitar

There’s lots of room to customize and modify the $10 Electric Guitar. You can start by tuning to a different note; the markings will still be workable guides for the scales. You can also try different gauge strings; although the thinner, unwound guitar strings tend to sound flat (because there are no metal frets on the diddley bow’s neck, it’s hard to get a clear note fretting these thinner strings), the thicker wound guitar strings (the D, A, and low E string) all sound good.

The cookie tin functions as a very quiet resonator, giving the diddley bow enough volume so you can tune it and play it without an amp handy. The tin also makes it easier to rest the instrument on your lap while playing, and it gives the ...

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