Thimbles for Musical Washboard
Vintage and hard-to-find thimbles for serious washboard musicians—and folks who sew
Examine our growing collection of Aluminum, Brass, Steel, Horn, Wood, Plastic and Vintage thimbles that deliver the tone you need to make your washboard stand up and take notice.
Two years in the making...
World's Largest Selection of Thimble Styles and Sizes (well, kinda) 2 new styles available now—the rest as soon as we can post them!
The shop recently received a large shipment of eleven thimble styles ranging in size from 13 to 20 mm. That's big news for anyone looking for thimbles that fit. Below is a list of the eleven styles. Believe it or not, this collection represents what might be the most comprehensive selection of thimbles and sizes available at retail. It took two years to assemble this collection. And we are currently in the process of posting the thimbles online. But day-to-day operations keep us bogged down and spread too thin, so the process is quite slow. We need help. So if you know someone qualified for our Copywriter/Ecommerce Marketing position, please send them our way!
The new thimble styles each come in nine sizes (except the Flexible Rubber Grip thimbles which come in "only" four sizes: S, M, L, XL). Clickable styles listed below are available for immediate purchase.
1. Dome Top
3. Dome Top
4. Dome Top (diamond pattern)
6. Heavy Golden Plated (Dome Top)
7. Flexible Rubber Grip (Recessed-Top)
8. Enameled Spring Colors (Dome Top)
How Many Thimbles do you Need? The number of thimbles you need for each hand is a personal preference. Most players use 3 thimbles (index, middle and ring fingers). Others add a 4th thimble to their pinky. Many prefer just 2 thimbles (index and middle fingers). Relatively few players use just one thimble (typically index or middle finger). However, many players use 4 thimbles on their fingers, plus a large 5th thimble (typically 18 mm to 20 mm) on their thumb for a "full-house" of 5 thimbles. You can achieve greater musical color with more thimbles than less. But the optimum number of thimbles depends on the musical genre, type of thimble (wood, plastic, metal, horn), your personal playing style, and ultimately—what works best for you.