The traditional laundry washboard, also referred to as a rub board, was sometimes hung from the neck by string and has evolved into a worn corrugated vest. The vest is known as a rubboard or, in Cajun French, a frottoir. Both are played with scratchers of the musician's choice, such as bottle openers, sewing thimbles, and gloves with metal objects glued to the fingers. The simple washboard is often played in jug bands while the frottoir and the accordion are staples of Zydeco.

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Key of Z Rubboards
Tee Don, player and maker of the frottoir, offers history, tutorial videos, and online sales.
Washboards International
Players, upcoming concerts, photo galleries, videos for sale, and resources.
Yahoo Groups: Rubboard
Mailing list for players of washboards, rubboards, frottoirs, stainless steel shirts, and corrugated abs.
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