Famous bassists who use picks

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Tin Cadillac, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Tin Cadillac

    Tin Cadillac

    Oct 27, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Haven't seen a thread on this yet. I have often heard that real bass players use their fingers and NEVER use a pick (shudder) but I have learned that a good number of famous bassists actually use picks and that a pick is a part of their signature sound.

    I started out using a pick (because I am a guitar player, after all) but weaned myself off because I wanted to become a "Real" bass player!

    Here are some iconic bass players who use a plectrum (Pick).:

    Chris Squire - Yes (Not just that "Rick" giving that signature sound)

    Mel Schacher - GFR

    John Lodge - Moody Blues

    Tommy Shannon - SRV and Double Trouble

    Roger Waters - Pink Floyd

    Paul McCartney - The Beatles

    I do not know about anyone else here but I will not be telling these guys they are not bass players because they use a pick!
  2. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Pete Trewavas (of Marillion and Transatlantic) and Steven Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees spring to mind.
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  3. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Use search feature.
  4. Phil Lesh-The Grateful Dead
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  5. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
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  6. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Chris Squire
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  7. T Bassman

    T Bassman

    Dec 13, 2010
    In my experience, the bassists who make silly statements about 'real' bass players not using picks, usually have no game with a pick, or are scared to try and work on their pick playing as it may prove challenging. I think it can only make you a better bassist, being able to play with your fingers and I pick.

    I regularly use a pick on sessions with my P bass strung with flats, and always get complimented on my tone, and how the note sits against the kick drum. Plus its just kinda fun to be able switch between pick/fingers live to change it up and explore ways to control both. And yeah, you dont have to look very far to garner a pretty big list of famous/pro players who use plectrums as part of their tone;)
  8. Carol Kaye, Jerry Peek (w/ Steve Morse band)
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  9. BassGen


    Mar 15, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Why does it have to be one or the other? Some songs we do sound better played in finger-style and some sound better with pick-style.
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  10. I think the name's Justin Chancellor (the guy from Tool)
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  11. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
    Mike Dirnt - Green Day
    Krist Novoselic - Nirvana

    To name a few.

    Oh and Pete Wentz - Fall Out Boy :bag:
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  12. Don Tony

    Don Tony

    Mar 30, 2008
    Doylestown Pa Via Brooklyn NY
    Endorsing Artist: Epiphone Guitars,Hughes Kettner amps and DiMarzio pickups
    Joey DeMaio (Manowar)
    Graham Maby (Joe Jackson)
    Rick Danko (The Band) That's off the top of my head. I'm sure there are many more.
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  13. pudgychef

    pudgychef In Memoriam

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China

    this comes up once for every six 'P vs J threads' :D

    Bobby Vega, Joe Osborne
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  14. Wolfie Van Halen sorry guys couldn't stop myself lol
  15. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Better yet, why did I even look at this silly thread? :(
  16. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    So in effect, every one of these bassist ragequit TB?
  17. I feel a hissyquit coming on..
  18. TRichardsbass

    TRichardsbass Inactive Commercial User

    Jun 3, 2009
    Between Muscle Shoals and Nashville
    Bassgearu, Music Industry Consulting and Sales. Tech 21, NBE Corp, Sonosphere.
    Joe Osborn
    Bill Wyman
    Waylon Jennings (with Buddy Holly)
    Bill Black (Elvis Presley and Bill Black Combo)
    Dee Dee Ramone
    Bruce Foxton
    Paul Simonon
    Berry Oakiley
    Peter Quaife (Kinks)
    Felix Pappalardi
    Mike Rutherford
    Just a handful of them....
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  19. Tin Cadillac

    Tin Cadillac

    Oct 27, 2011
    Houston, TX
    I did. Feel free to link any here. Thought it would provide good discussion! :D
  20. Tin Cadillac

    Tin Cadillac

    Oct 27, 2011
    Houston, TX
    I still use a pick every once in a while - one of the best ways to get a completely different tone out of your bass!

    Also good for when you have been gigging three or four days straight and your right hand fingers are just TORE UP!!!
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