Welcome to Charlie Derby's online washtub bass shop
HANDCRAFTED WASHTUB BASSES A modern take on a classic American folk instrument
Now you can own a real acoustic bass for a fraction of the cost of an upright bass. These basses are real musical instruments capable of producing real musical notes.
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The tripod-mounted neck (or pole) is suspended above the vibrating surface of the tub. Notes are played by moving the fingers up and down the neck. A bass guitar tuning peg at the top of the neck provides easy tuning. Notes are easier to find than on a loose-pole tub bass.
The tub rests on a plywood platform containing a formica disc which acts as a resonator vibrating in conjunction with the tub surface. This produces a deeper, richer tone than the loose-pole bass.
These instruments are suitable for all types of music including Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Cajun, R&B, Blues, Rock-A-Billy, Texas Swing, Dixieland, Ragtime, Spiritual, and more.
Each Derby Washtub Bass is painstakingly handcrafted one at a time in our workshop to ensure the highest quality of each instrument. We don't do it fast. We do it right.
Please call, write, or e-mail today for more information.