Build A Washtub Bass

The Washtub Bass is a very simple, and yet very much-engineered instrument. Everyone has their pet theory about what makes the best Washtub Bass.

These opinions are mine, and of course I think they are best. Your mileage may vary! 

If you follow these instructions, you will have a fine-working Washtub Bass, though not necessarily the only good bass that can be built. Click the links below to go through a "How-to" on building your bass.

You should be able to track down the parts and completely assemble them in one day. Actual assembly should take about an hour, depending on how long you take to cut the notch the bottom of your staff. That's the hardest part of the whole deal!

Parts needed

How to build it

How to play it

What the Washtub Bass Sounds Like