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Picture of Piezo pickup made from an empty mint tin

wanson one string wonder!

I finally did it.  I made my first electric diddlybow.  I have been very inspired by this lady, BEMUZIC (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqgTNNrsHFo), who has been making her own instruments.  Not only that, she has been recording and producing music on them, and seems be an enviably accomplished player.

The Wanson has been great fun, and there are many more instruments to come.  Ingredients are pretty simple: a Piezo transducer stuck to the inside of an empty mint tin, and soldered to a 1/4 inch jack making a very effective pickup system.  Its so good in fact that I can also use the rig as a low-fi microphone.  For  the body of the Wonder, I picked up some beach-rotted pallet wood from Wanson beach, the nut is a stone from the same beach, and I spent £0.45 on an eye-bolt from the local corner ironmonger.  Even my rubbish DIY skills managed to produce a usable instrument, which you can see and hear on Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCefT0x618ik26ZkJdo2NBXw  If I can improve my ear and slide skills to be as good as Bemuzic’s, I will be delighted.

Following in Be’s footsteps, I shall soon make a 3 string cigar box guitar, followed by numerous bed-warmer slide banjos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-Ogm05QF5Q).  I have already purchased three such beasties from a well known auction site, and in my head, the gin bottle slate harp is already taking shape.  If only I didn’t have to waste eight hours a day at work…

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