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Big Geezer Butler fan

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by pfox14, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Saw Black Sabbath back in 1978 and this year too. Geezer Butler has always been one of my favorite bass players. I have always tried to copy his sound. Anyone else here a big Geezer fan?
  2. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012

    Easily my single biggest (and sometimes it seems only) influence.

    Saw them on the 13 tour earlier this year, my first time seeing the Ozzy lineup. It was a religious experience.
  3. I have always thought his bass lines were excellent and well crafted and fit the songs.. But i didn't always like his midrangy tone.. But his latest work his sound is phenomenal IMO
  4. southpaw723


    Oct 20, 2013
    Yeah I've just been getting into Sabbath more and I'm definately a fan of Geezer. He's a really nice guy from what I've seen in interviews and stuff too. I'm probably gonna buy myself a bass wah for Christmas, he kinda created that sound.
  5. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I've also been toying with the idea of getting a bass wah pedal just so I can get the sound he gets on N.I.B.
  6. D.A.R.K.


    Aug 20, 2003
    I love his playing!
  7. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Loved Geezer since the early 70's. First time seeing them was '75 on the Sabotage Tour. His playing was a big early influence. There's many great bass parts throughout their entire cataloge
  8. gumtown


    May 7, 2007
    New Zealand
    Me too,
    Saw Sabbath on their first (opening) night of the 13 tour (in NZ).
    Geezer used a collection of Lakland basses.
    Was standing 15 mtrs away from the stage in front of him.

  9. remainthesame


    Sep 24, 2008
    Easily one of my biggest influences. Geezer is who I wanted to be like when I decided I was going to play bass. I went out and got a pbass because that's what Geezer uses. I played loads of sabbath in the beginning of my bass "career" and I still play a riff or two every time I pick up a bass.

    That pbass is gone, and I've gotten into a wider array of basses and bassists, but I still find a little Geezer in me every time I play.
  10. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    My first inspiration to play bass, he's a God to me.
  11. By far my favorite metal bassist.
  12. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    HUGE Sabbath fan of the old Ozzy days. Love the Geez after forever <3 He's one of the top 3 reasons i now play bass
  13. Mitchinboxer


    Jan 25, 2012
    I've always really liked the bass lines in Sabbath songs, but I'm not really a huge fan of the music overall. In fact, I forgot about Geezer totally until I saw this thread. Are there any of his bass lines that you guys would particularly recommend studying?
  14. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Queens, NY
    I love Geezer, too. I started playing bass 28 years ago because of him.
    Although, I've never had a chance to see him live.

    I have always loved his melodic bass lines that really fit in the pocket without being too busy.

    I'm curious, is anyone here a fan of his solo work in GZR?
  15. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    The guitar and bass interplay at the beginning of "Fairies Wear Boots" was well done. The whole of Master of Reality deserves a close listen as does Sabbath Bloody Sabbath & Sabotage... All the early LP's had great playing on 'em!
    karl_em_all likes this.
  16. tinman 1967

    tinman 1967

    Mar 6, 2010
    I think Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is one of the greatest albums of all time;)
  17. Yep He is the reason I picked up a bass in the first place...
  18. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    ALWAYS a bit of jazz influence with Geezer.....Bill Ward the drummer is definitely jazz influenced....who ever the new guy is....he ain't Bill Ward.

    When I saw the 78 tour Black Sabbath (with Van Halen opening), it was obvious that there were some sound issues with Geezer live...not his playing but the out of control BOOMING E string.

    If you listen to 'Never Say Die' you will hear what I mean....I don't know what happened in 77 & 78 with Sabbath in terms of the production.......Still great songs all over 'Never Say Die'.

    Otoh, the earlier Sabbath works were all very well played and produced, even the very early live club stuff on Youtube was pretty astonishing!!

    Folks, I was 11 years old when Sabbath arrived.....I mean I was already blown away by Cream and Hendrix and NOW THIS NEW SOUND!
  19. that would be Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine
  20. deathsdj


    Sep 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    Count me in among the Geezers.