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Before brick and mortar music stores and online shopping, musicians had to be pretty resourceful when it came to sourcing out their instruments. More often than not, working-class people just didn't have the spare cash to fund their musical passion which is why, a lot of the time, they took everyday household items and used them as instruments. The washboard is a prime example of a household item that doubles as an instrument- not only does it do a bang-up job washing clothes (with the help of a little elbow grease) it also can be used as a percussion instrument.

From jug bands, to country, to jazz and old-time music, the washboard has a rich musical history that dates back over a century. This unique percussion instrument is played with spoons, drumsticks or thimbles and is really easy to learn. In fact, there are no rules when it comes to playing the washboard, simply pick a rhythm and go with it. Sound interesting? Check out the Columbus Washboard 3010 Spiral Metal Washboard. Measuring a foot wide by just about 2-feet tall, this washboard is built with a durable teak wooden frame and a wavy, stainless steel playing surface. It produces a higher resonance when played with thimbles, but can also be played with a drumstick or wooden spoon. And it doesn't matter if you're thinking about starting up a local jug band or simply want to experiment solo, you can't go wrong with this well-made washboard.

Offering a toe-tapping, boot-stomping good time, the washboard is definitely an entertaining addition to your musical line up. How you set up your washboard is totally up to you. But whether you add a cowbell, a horn or tin can or two one thing is for sure, the washboards here provide a solid foundation to start building a washboard of your own.