I have tentatively hot-glued a rod Piezo to the back, where the washboard surface meets the edge piece of the frame, and it doesn't sound too bad. However, I've also got a disc Piezo, and was wondering if that might be a better choice, and where I might best attach it.
Also, if it makes any difference, I use a lot of effects pedals (wah pedal, chorus, envelope filter, delay, etc.)
I would use some double sided tape, and move it around until you get the sound that you want. The disc piezo is probably going to be more sensitive than the rod piezo, so expect more extraneous noises from it.
I really like this idea, but apparently the washboard is stainless steel and a magnet doesn't stick to it. :(
Magnetic attraction of stainless steel depends on the steel and how it was processed.
A mag pup won't stick to a low magnetic permeability stainless steel.
It`s probably galvanized metal, never saw a stainless steel washboard ! When I mounted the mag pickup in my washboard guitar, I left it an 1/8" below the metal part [ galvanize ] and it activated the whole top. Works excellent !!
Columbus Washboard makes stainless steel washboards.
Yeah, I would actually rather use a magnetic pickup, and I have plenty of them lying around the workbench. Had to work today, but I'll rig something up tomorrow and see how it works. This will require that I ground the metal of the washboard as I would the strings on a guitar, right?
Thanks for the suggestions! :)
I used a double piezo encased in hot glue Inside a wooden bridge. Worked out quite well.