The washboard has been used as a percussion instrument for jazz, zydeco and old time music using thimbles to tap and scrape on the metal surface. Today it is used in all types of music but remains a simple instrument. Small percussion instruments and found objects attached to the wooden body add a variety of sounds to the rhythmic patterns.

Our washboards have a brass, stainless or galvanized steel playing area and can be customized to be played stand up or lap style. By adding wooden blocks, horns, bells, cans, jingles you can make the washboard uniquely yours. Washboard gloves, thimbles and straps are available to complete your set up.

Whether you buy a fully equipped washboard or one to make yourself, we can help you get started with everything you’ll need.