Famous Bass Players Who Used A Pick....

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ZenG, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. but weren't frowned upon:-

    (1) Graham Maby
    (2) Colin Moulding
    (3) Paul McCartney
    (4) Carol Kaye
    (5) Joe Osborn
    (6) T-bone Wolk
    (7) John Entwhistle
    (8) John Paul Jones
    (9) Chris Squire
    (10) Mike Mills
    (11) Sting
    (12) Tom Petersson
    (13) Rick Danko
    (14) Bill Wyman
    (15) Jack Bruce
    (16) Roger Waters
    (17) John Deacon
    (18) Noel Redding
  2. (19) Flea
    (20) Dee Dee
  3. devinp17


    Jun 26, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    (21) Duff Mckagan
  4. Jason Newstead
  5. Peter Cetera
    Dave Hope
    Berry Oakley
  6. Mike Dirnt
    Nate Mendel.

    Actually..I don't think they ever used finger-style on any recordings.
  7. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Not all of the guys in the OP's list were or are full-time pick players. Quite a few of them switched out. In fact, I don't think Graham Maby uses a pick at all any more.
    I can't say I ever really understood frowning upon it in the first place. Did a pick get the job done? Yes? All good.

    Oh, and let's not forget 28) Steve Swallow
  8. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    That list reads like a list of my favorite bass players......
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  9. BazzTard

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    Donald Duck Dunn

    Manny from Stone Roses

    JPJ only used a pick on one or two songs. And Ramble On and Lemon Song weren't the two !

    And Sir Paul used his thumb afaik
  10. matti777


    Dec 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Canada
    What about Leon Wilkeson!
  11. Lo-E, my good fellow, I shall have to point out the use of past tense in the thread title and that the phrase "in their entirety' is absent.

    Let it be known to the Talkbass court that there is no implication here that said players used a pick exclusively.

    There have been one or two threads lately that dwell upon the real or imagined denigration of pick users.

    Clearly the public admonition for using a pick applies only to violin and stand-up bass players.
  12. gypsyfelon


    Oct 24, 2014
    long island,ny
    #32. Mike Rutherford
  13. Phil Lynott
    Bob Daisley
    Jimmy Bain
  14. Dominic D

    Dominic D DiCosimo Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 9, 2008
    Winter Park, Florida
    DiCosimo Audio
    Bobby Vega
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  15. FA108208usat2

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    Mar 24, 2014
    Krist Novoselic
    Geezer Butler
  16. Jack Casady on SVT's No Regrets
  17. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Allen Woody
    Mike Gordon
    Dave Schools
    Gene Simmons
    Andy West
    Roger Glover
  18. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Phil Lesh
  19. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Perhaps I should have started my post with the phrase: "In the interest of full disclosure..." ;)
    I was not trying in any way to diminish your list.

    Arguing over whether or not a pick is "acceptable" is one of those arguments that can't be won. They seem to flourish here on TB!
    Without doubt, there are a lot of really great players who use (or used) picks and still more who can switch between fingers and pick with no trouble.
    The denigration of said players (and yes, I've seen it here on TB plenty) makes absolutely no sense to me and never did.

    I didn't care much for that style of playing when I was younger. Now I kinda wish I was better at it!
  20. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    Felix Pappalardi