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Bassist with most UNIQUE tone

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Matt Till, Apr 16, 2004.


  1. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    A lot of bassists have stand out bass playing, but what bassist (or wannabes of said bassist) can you tell just by their tone.

    My vote goes for Norwood Fisher from Fishbone. The only fishbone album I own is Give a Monkey a Brain. But his tone is unlike any bassist I've heard. Very... poppy. I don't know how else to describe it.
     
  2. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
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    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I say Mr. Miller. No matter what genre of music he's playing, you can ALWAYS tell it's him. Hell, people even have a name for his tone, that "Marcus sound".
     
  3. BustinJustin

    BustinJustin banned

    Sep 12, 2003
    NYC, LI too
  4. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Disclosures:
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!

    Him too! BTW, love your sig. "Loose Booty" was a helluva cut!
     
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  6. brianrost

    brianrost Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I have to vote for Steve Swallow...the combination of high tuned 5-string, piezo pickups and pick playing gives him a very different sound from any other electric bassist I have ever heard.
     
  7. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
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    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I can always tell when I'm hearing Tony Levin, especially when he is using that strange phaser effect (which he uses alot). He's got this very indistinct, muddy, sort of tone that just FITS with everything he plays on. I don't know how he does it.
     
  8. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday! Staff Member

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    JPJ, the later years with the Alembic 8 string have a unique tone.
     
  9. BustinJustin

    BustinJustin banned

    Sep 12, 2003
    NYC, LI too
    my man, you are the winner!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. FiXeR

    FiXeR Precision addict & hasn't slept since 1979.. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA.
    I agree that Norwood is pretty unique. IMHO Miller's isn't in the same park of originallity as Jaco's or Norwood's. My vote would have to be one of the most popular ones. Les Claypool. I have no idea how he gets that rubbery midrange sound of his. :cool:
     
  11. anthony jackson
    percy jones
     
  12. steviecsg

    steviecsg

    Aug 16, 2002
    i stand by yoshiniru naruse of my favorite band casiopea and his arsenal of tune basses!
     
  13. zongeek

    zongeek

    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC
    thats the best description ive ever heard. he does have a very rubbery tone.

    also id say greg edwards of failure. hes pretty basic, but he has the best distorted tone ive ever heard and he uses the heck out of it.
     
  14. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
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    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I like alot of bass tones on Ministry's CDs. Granted, every bass tone sounds vastly different, but it's always interesting. For a good primer on what a heavy distorted bass should sound like, I suggest picking up Dark Side of the Spoon. The bass is so huge and distorted that they rarely have to put any guitar over it.
     
  15. FiXeR

    FiXeR Precision addict & hasn't slept since 1979.. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA.
    I agree. I love Paul Barker's tone. Especially on songs like So What and Burn Inside. Great tone. :cool:

    Do you know what his rig consist of usually?
     
  16. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    1. i agree with Chuck Wood
    2. Percy Jones..unmistakable...
     
  17. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
  18. zongeek

    zongeek

    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC
    as much as i dont like fieldy...he does have an unmistakable tone.
     
  19. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    joe preston of the thrones...
    also played with the melvins.
    b.c. rich basses retrofitted with a bart... tuned down to c with the old orange& blue superfuzz
    his stuff sounds like it's in meltdown 99% of the time.
    amazing girth and the ultimate guttural growl.
    d.
     
  20. Claypool's.

    Thick but clanky, distorted but clean.

    Very interesting tone.
     
  21. norseman

    norseman

    Feb 19, 2004
    Norway
    My vote goes to: Steve Harris