Introduction: Bass Guitar Made From Old Water Ski

here's a #summerhack for you: this is my main axe gigging the northeast shoreline this summer, a bass guitar made from a 1970s wood waterski. i spent less than $50 on components (tuners, pickup, bridge, electronic bits) and the ski was free. a second ski was used to make the fingerboard. the video shows pretty much everything one needs to do to turn just about anything into a bass guitar. the patience part is fast-forwarded through, however ;-) the song we play at the end is an original composition by my four-year-old son. i didn't help. really.

come see it on a beach somewhere near you, or you can also see it in action in my workshop here:

(i wrote that song)

and live this fourth of july on block island here:

(other people wrote all those songs)

thanks for watching!

-tim

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buddyboy7 (author)2017-06-14

I loved that Jam! Also I used to work at Cypress Gardens Skis so I'm sure I had a hand in building your ski. Best use for a water ski EVER! You made my day!

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timsway (author)buddyboy72017-06-14

ha ha! awesome. thank you do much!

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fabian guerrero (author)2015-12-26

very good!!! gretings amigo!

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timsway (author)fabian guerrero2015-12-27

thank you fabian. this is still my favorite bass to play ;-)

be good,
tim

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Bannockburn (author)2014-07-25

Sounds great, looks awesome and fretless too boot!

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timsway (author)Bannockburn2014-07-25

thanks man! frets are a LOT more work ;-)

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Bannockburn (author)timsway2014-07-26

Definitely understood, but I was mostly commenting on how good you sound with it being fretless. That's tough!

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Awesome as always!

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