You may be familiar with the story of Wesseh Freeman, also known as Weesay, the blind and homeless Liberian who made his own guitar out of a paint can, a piece of wood and used guitar strings. Weesay became an internet sensation last December with a video that showed him performing on the crude instrument, and rocking out admirably.
Weesay’s video brought attention to his talents and his plight. It also helped bring attention to can guitars, which have been gaining popularity in recent years. Bohemian Guitars is one company that makes the instruments out of vintage oil cans, and a number of YouTube posters have uploaded videos that show them performing on their own homemade can guitars.
As it happens, long before the oil-can guitar craze took off, a YouTube poster named Tychsen81 uploaded a video of himself playing “Iron Man” on a homemade bass made out of a water cooler jug, a two-piece “through-body” wooden neck and a pair of bass strings.
The Danish musician created the bass by using materials he found at home and applying some basic principles of guitar building, such as using the water jug to amplify and project the sound coming off the fretboard. The video has had more than 1.9 million views since it was uploaded five years ago.
Check it out below. It’s followed by a video in which Tychsen81 shows how the bass is constructed.