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  • noun A musical instrument, used in American folk music, that uses a metal washtub as resonator; a gutbucket


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  • Sometimes called a "gutbucket"; a stringed instrument used in American folk music that uses a metal washtub as a resonator. Traditional washtub basses have a single string for which pitch is adjusted by pushing or pulling on a staff to change the tension, although some washtub basses have four or more strings and tuning pegs. See also tea chest bass.

    March 20, 2008