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Eric Clapton's bass Players

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BozosBarber, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. BozosBarber


    Dec 18, 2012
    I was wondering what kind of bass Eric Clapton's bass player (the black dude with the 5 string) plays.

    I think he is a monster and the tone he gets is awesome

  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    That's Nathan East. He usually plays one of his signature Yamahas, the BBNE2. Before that it was the BBeast. He also plays other Yamahas like the white 6-string custom he uses with Fourplay. I've seen him play a Fender Jazz Bass, too.

    He's a great player and a great human being. He's played with pretty much everyone who is anyone. Google him.

    Here he is with his brother James, Dave Boonshoft and some other guy.

  3. snaverb


    Feb 19, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    That's Nathan East. I believe he has his own signature model Yamaha bass.
  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Thanks for backing me up on that.
  5. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    He is indeed a great bassist!
  6. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    You mean Nathan West? He plays his own signature model Yamaha bass.

  7. Just saw him play a Stingray 5 during a solo, the rest of the time it's the white Yamaha.

    Generally Clapton has a good eye for musicians, saw Willie Weeks on bass with him a few years back, awsome tone as well on his P bass, looked quite old and I did check, it has no custom shop logo on the back so I guess it's some sort of vintage.

    Also quite impressed with Doyle Bramhall II...sorry to wander off topic...
  8. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    For solo Clapton, nobody will ever touch Carl Radle for me. It was like Clapton and Carl had a mindmeld.
  9. bignote


    May 27, 2006
    Okinawa, Japan
    I have read that Clapton said Radle was his favorite.
  10. Yes, so we've heard :D
  11. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
    Whoever it is I feel sorry for them having to play such dull music.
  12. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies!

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    This cracked me up.
  13. Portphilia


    Jun 8, 2012
    He don't like, he don't like, he don't like.....
  14. Swakey


    Nov 26, 2012
    He also plays in Fourplay. That is not dull at all:smug:
  15. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    Yes, in his autobiography he said that Radle and Jim Gordon were the best rhythm section he'd ever played with. Radle is my favorite Clapton bassist.

    Overall, I'd go with Jack Bruce... but in Cream, it was more like Clapton was Jack's guitarist. ;)
  16. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    I've read part of his big tone is extended scales. Doesn't he play a 36" version of his Yamaha that the rest of us could not buy?
  17. Agreed.

    Nathan East comes in second place...he can probably play circles around Radle apples to apples, but I think East (and the rest of tgr band for that matter) play too polished for my ears. For Clapton and blues music in general, I like a more loose/gritty feel.

    Overall Bruce is still my overall favorite though :) but Cream is not Clapton....that was a whole different world lol!
  18. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Eric does have some good taste in bassists. Willie Weeks is certainly no slouch!
  19. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Jimmy is right but that was many decades ago and Carl is dead (1980).

    I saw E C with Winwood on Public TV doing old Blind Faith stuff and Willie Weeks was doing bass.

    Weeks is truely an outstanding bassist!!!!!!!! I'll take him over East because Weeks excels at "old school style" although East is also outstanding but in a more modern bass playing style.

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