Can You Play Guitar Underwater? Let's Find Out!

It seems that Gear Gods' Trey Xavier has always wondered, "If you play a guitar underwater, will it make a sound?"

"To me, it would make sense that you would hear it fine," he says. "Water is denser than air, and things that are dense (like wood) allow sound to travel more efficiently, right? But hey, I’m no physicist—you’ll have to hear for yourself."

Luckily, you can do exactly that, courtesy of the brand-new video below.

In the clip, Xavier, taking a Mythbusters-style approach, plays an acoustic guitar underwater.

"I did it because I wanted to see if it would work, and man, was I surprised when it actually did," he says. "The water keeps the notes from having any kind of sustain, but it transmits the pitch just fine so I was able to play some classic songs while underwater." Check it out below and tell us what you think!

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.