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

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

  1. Splods

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    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. Major Softie

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    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

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    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

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    I think being underwater would damp (yep) the strings too much to be playable.
  5. Splods

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    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?
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  7. Immigrant

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    I think it would work just fine as long as you have effects with a "dry" output.

    :bag:
  8. Splods

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    So a distortion pedal with a high Saturation value is a bad thing?
  9. LA

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    This kind of setup might work.

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  10. Immigrant

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    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.
  11. P Town

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    Is weed legal in Australia?
  12. Splods

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    Only in the Southern states.
  13. JACink

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    but..but...but...WHY???????????
  14. Splods

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    Because Australians take stupid bets seriously.
  15. JACink

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    That explains a lot!

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

    Maybe you could get away with playing one of these:

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  16. frankieC

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    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.
  17. RED J

    RED J Half Hip, Half Hick Supporting Member

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    It seems the challenges so far outweigh the results. A curious 'why " is in order ?
  18. RS

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    Weed is a hell of a drug.
  19. Wharf_Rat

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    Personal submarine.
  20. Jah Wobble Fan

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    sounds feasible -- but seriously, how to keep the beer dry?

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