Tuna Hiko – The Electric Eel diddley bow

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Watching some Justin Johnson videos on YouTube and then doing some more reading and surfing looking at one stringed instruments, I decided to deviate sideways from my Ukulele building and build a diddley bow.

A friend had made me a portable amp for my birthday last year. I had given my only uke with a basic piezo pickup away, so a electric diddley bow seemed like a good project.

Built from a combination of Mahogany and Merbau/Kwila, fretless and with a basic electric guitar pickup, my goal was to make it as thin as possible. If I make a Mk2 some time, I’ll wind my own single coil pickup – more compact and visually nicer.

Tuna Hiko is Maori for Electric Eel.

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