Bass Guitar Made From Old Water Ski




About: i am an artist and musician. i make things of use out of things that no longer have use. i think the hip term is "upcycling." i post a lot of inspirational and entertainment videos on oc...

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!


Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Summer #mikehacks Contest

Participated in the
Summer #mikehacks Contest

squeeze more awesome out of summer contest

Participated in the
squeeze more awesome out of summer contest

Vintage Contest

Participated in the
Vintage Contest

Be the First to Share


    • Book Character Costume Challenge

      Book Character Costume Challenge
    • Made with Math Contest

      Made with Math Contest
    • Cardboard Speed Challenge

      Cardboard Speed Challenge

    8 Discussions


    2 years ago

    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!

    1 reply
    timswayfabian guerrero

    Reply 3 years ago

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

    be good,


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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