We’ve all seen the intro to It Might Get Loud where Jack White builds a Depression-era diddley bow (a one-string slide guitar) on his front porch.
In this wild video, U.K. ensemble Orkestra Obsolete use the same instrument—along with a handful of other obsolete 1930s instruments—for a haunting version of New Order’s “Blue Monday.” The diddley bow comes in at the 2:12 mark.
Want to make your own DIY instruments? Check out my newly updated Musical Instrument Free Plans Archive over at Cigar Box Nation. I recently added 20 new sets of plans to the list, including cigar box guitars, Depression-era Vaudeville instruments and even a lap steel made from a 2x4.
Shane Speal is the "King of the Cigar Box Guitar" and the creator of the modern cigar box guitar movement. Hear the music, see the instruments and read about his Cigar Box Guitar Museum at ShaneSpeal.com. Speal's latest album, Holler!, is on C. B. Gitty Records.