Beer Bottle Bridge/Glass Resonator

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 days ago
1,767 posts

I'd love to hear that too!  Can you post a quick video demo here in the discussion maybe?




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 days ago
1,035 posts

I'd love to hear you play your diddley bow, @natebuildstoys




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Steven Berger
Steven Berger
@steven-berger
3 days ago
135 posts

That diddley bow you're playing looks pretty cool...what's the slide you're using? I'd like to hear you playing it! I wonder how it would sound played with a bow? I've never thought about a glass dulcimer, but I sometimes think about one made of brass or steel, like the National guitars.

NateBuildsToys
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys
4 days ago
19 posts

The first instrument I ever built was a diddley bow. If you dont know its just a string stretched over a glass bottle laying on its side, which acts as a resonator chamber. I have attached a picture. I always thought it sounded very neat, jangly, and old timey. I have conceptualized a prototype and am whipping it up right now for a wooden dulcimer with a glass beer bottle for a bridge. I have also attached an image of some concept drawings for how it will work, and will post a video when it is totally assembled. What do y'all think? I find it very puzzling that so few string instruments use glass resonators, probably because they would be less durable, but most players take exceptionally good care of their dulcimers anyway. Has anyone ever seen a glass dulcimer? Ever tried building one?