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Best tone

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by spectorbass83, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. spectorbass83


    Jun 6, 2005
    Who in your opinion has the best tone?

    My favorite are -

    - Justin Chancellor
    - Duff McKagan
    - Chi Cheng
    - Jason Newsted
    - Rob DeLeo
    - Mike Dirnt
    - Jeff Ament
    - Flea
    - Dirk Lance
    - Mike Inez
  2. rashbeep


    Jul 15, 2005
    Toronto, ON
    billy sheehan
    stu hamm
  3. Murf


    Mar 28, 2001
    Bernard Edwards
    Mike Porcaro
  4. RE:PEAT


    Jun 24, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Well, I can't say I've heard all the great bassist, but I would have to say Jaco. In one note (on any bass), you know who you're listening to. Much like BB King.
  5. John Paul Jones
    Dirk Lance
    Trevor Dunn
    Geddy Lee
  6. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Tim Commerford
    Justin Chancellor
    Marcus Miller
    Paul D'amour
  7. Billy Sheehan
    Abraham Laboriel
    Jonas Hellborg, anyone?
  8. 513rocks.com


    Sep 22, 2004
    Mason, Ohio
    the best bass tone i ever heard live was from the bass player in the old 80s hair band jackyl. i tried to research him on the net but really couldnt find any info except he wasnt the original bass player and he used to be the lead guitar player from a band called brother cane back in the early 90s. all i could tell is he was playing a real nice looking tobias.
  9. Paul D'amour
    Dirk Lance
    Cliff Burton
    Robert Trujillo
  10. John Entwistle (Live at Leeds)
    John Wetton
    Chris Squire
    Geddy Lee
    Doug Pinnick

    What an original selection... :rolleyes:
  11. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    My favs:

    - Geddy Lee
    - Dirk Lance
    - Stuart Zender
    - Robert Deleo
    - Trip Wamsley
    - Jaco on fretless

    - Marcus Miller

    - Chris Squire

    I should also comment that IMHO, Stu Hamm has one the most awful tones I`ve ever heard with his Fender Bass (in GHS albums for example). It`s hard to believe that such a great player "allows" those tones to be recorded.
  12. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Geezer Butler - Paranoid
    Steve Harris - Live After Death
    Gene Simmons - Alive III
    Bill Gould - The Real Thing
    Robin Graves - Cruelty and the Beast
    Johan Niemann - Secret of the Runes
    johanniemann likes this.
  13. CBAnaesthesia


    Jun 2, 2005
    Cliff Burton (Not really Anesthesia, but any song where he actually uses a bass amp)
    Geddy Lee
    John Entwistle
    Lemmy of Motorhead
    (wow they all play/have played ric 4001/4003's!)
    Steve Harris' tone is unique, which is all i like about it - too trebly, I think. Great player though.
    Jaco on fretless
    Ynwgwie! (yes, he plays bass for himself)
    Billy Sheehan.
  14. The Nanny

    The Nanny

    Dec 23, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    very subjective, but...

    Duff McKagan

    That tone gives me BAD GK GAS!!
  15. Robert Sledge has disgusting tone. Listen to "Army" (Ben Folds Five) to see what I mean. He played the 'ish out of his Epiphone Les Paul through a stack of Orange amps and some overdrive/distortion pedals.

    Oh man, also, "The Last Polka" is just... dayum. His lines inspire my playing like what.
  16. djcruse


    Jun 3, 2002
    Norwood, MA
    Victor Bailey
  17. NOLA Bass

    NOLA Bass Mr. Worst Case Scenario Man Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    New Orleans LA
    Geddy Lee (love his recent tone once he brought back the Jazz Bass)
    Doug Pinnick (his 12 string tone is amazing and to me a realization of how good a 12 string bass can sound)
    Tim Crommerford (kicks in both Rage and Audioslave)
    Eddie Jackson of Queensryche (his Spector tone on "Operation Mindcrime" and "Empire" is awesome)
    Jason Newstead (really great tone added to Metallica's sound)
    John Paul Jones (great warm tone in Zep and a world of cool multi string tones on his solo works)
    Steve Harris (a unique tone that defined Maiden's sound)
    Duff McKagen (I've always loved his tone in both GNR and VR)
    Sting (great tone for many years)
    John Entwistle (no one else like it)
    I also thought that Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam really had some great fretless tones that worked well in the context of hard rock, which is not always an easy thing to fit into that genre of music.
  18. I-Love-Ratm


    Feb 24, 2003
    Tim Commerford
    Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne
    Dirk Lance/P Nut
    Stu Zender
    John Entwistle
    Nick Oliveri
    Sam Rivers
  19. Funkzfly


    Jun 15, 2005
    Lenny Kravitz on 'Rock and Roll Is Dead', Stuart Zender on Jamiroquai's 'Too Young to Die', Marcus Miller's 'Power', Jaco on anything, but mostly 'Come On, Come Over', Chris Wolstenholme on anything, etc. There's rarely any Bassists that I hear anymore who's sound I like.
  20. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    Bryan Beller
    Tony Franklin
    Sean Malone
    Mikes Starr and Inez (for all intents and purposes in AIC, the same tone)
    Pete Steele (Love it or hate it, it's as unique as you can get)
    Eddie Jackson circa "Empire" and "Promised Land"
    Jason Newsted circa "Load/Reload" (A shame that he finally gets a spot in the mix starting at their downward spiral)