You are going to think I'm crazy, but.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Splods, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    Would it be possible to design a bass that could play underwater. It wouldn't need to be for very long at all, but would need to be able to send a signal to an amp above water.

    I was thinking that it may be possible if you have a body wired straight to the jack, and have that connection waterproofed somehow.

    Some suggestions and advice would be awesome.
  2. I think you're crazy.

    The electrics wouldn't be that hard to waterproof. The issue would be how the water would damp the string vibration. You could check that out before you even bothered to try to make the electrics work.
  3. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    Theoretically you could seal/laminate the body and electronics without affecting the function of the magnetic pickups, but the water will affect the vibration of the strings.
  4. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    I think being underwater would damp (yep) the strings too much to be playable.
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  6. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    There is a video on Youtube who built a guitar which he played under water. It was as if he got the biggest foam sponge under the strings, and then palm muted.

    My main worry would be damage to the pickups, would chlorine water actually cause damage to the pickup?
  7. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
  8. I think it would work just fine as long as you have effects with a "dry" output.

  9. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    So a distortion pedal with a high Saturation value is a bad thing?
  10. LA


    Oct 17, 2001
    This kind of setup might work.

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  11. I'm probably mistaken, but that appears to be one of those freaky Fender five string basses. The one tuned E-C with only 16 or so frets. JPJ had one.
  12. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    Is weed legal in Australia?
  13. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    Only in the Southern states.
  14. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
  15. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    Because Australians take stupid bets seriously.
  16. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    That explains a lot!

    But did you specify it would be a bass guitar???

    Maybe you could get away with playing one of these:

  17. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

    Jul 21, 2012
    You would have to be wireless. Send a signal to a receiver above water. The bass would need to be completely sealed, all the electronics water tight.

    I'm not sure about the sting vibrations in a liquid medium, though. Might be a fruitless venture.
  18. RED J

    RED J Play what you want how you want & quit arggerin ! Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    It seems the challenges so far outweigh the results. A curious 'why " is in order ?
  19. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Weed is a hell of a drug.
  20. Wharf_Rat

    Wharf_Rat Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2013
    Vermont. Cape Cod
    Personal submarine.
  21. sounds feasible -- but seriously, how to keep the beer dry?