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!