While looking for dulcimer kits and parts, I found that they also came in a "stick" or guitar like style. In addition, I learned about the traditional homemade instruments of earlier American like the diddley bow and cigar box guitar. The history and musical culture of these instruments, and the people who built and played them, struck a chord in me. When I saw the pictures of the instruments people were building, I decided that I had to have one of my own. Katfish 1 and it's wooden case with built in amp was born.