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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by guitardefector, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. Hello TB community,
    Can anyone name musicians who are first and foremost guitarists (lead or rhythm) but who are also accomplished bassists on the side or when needed?

    I know that Sir Paul started on guitar but switched to bass once the Beatles took off. I also know that Walter Becker alternates between both. And don't get me started on Keith Richards.

    In this age of the multi-instrumentalist it's really hard to distinguish who really plays what. All replies greatly appreciated.
  2. Altough not accomplished, celebretad or famous: I am, and so are the other folks at the switch hitters club. Check them out if you're interested.
  3. lwknives


    May 6, 2012
    Mikael Ã…kerfeldt wrote some pretty awesome bass lines! The guitarists in Hope For The Dying recorded all the bass parts to their songs. I read somewhere that Hendrix recorded a lot of the baselines in his music.
  4. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    Shane Embury, the bass player from Napalm Death also plays guitar in Venomous Concept and occasionally in Brujeria.
    Jon Leon of White Wizzard plays a lot of the guitar tracks in their new CD.
    I remember James Hetfield saying that Cliff Burton was working on playing guitar before he died and wasn't half bad.
    This information will be flamed I'm sure.
  5. Eric_71


    Jul 22, 2011
    I'm pretty sure Andy Bell played guitar in Ride and was then the bassist in one of the later iterations of Oasis. In fact, on the Oasis theme I think Noel Gallagher the neat little bass line in "Go Let It Out." So there's another one.
  6. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    Carol Kaye :bag:
  7. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Stephen Stills
    Ronnie Wood
    Keith Richards
    Joe Walsh
    Pete Townshend
    Tom Petty
  8. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Also, I forgot the obvious Dave Gilmour.
  9. ChopperDave

    ChopperDave Hai-ohhhhhhh!

    Nov 14, 2012
    Boston, MA
  10. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    His name is Prince and he is funky.
  11. esa372


    Aug 7, 2010

    ...also, Mike Rutherford comes to mind.
  12. Vertigo Jones

    Vertigo Jones

    Jun 13, 2013
    Shuggie Otis. Lenny Kravitz.
  13. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    Darryl Steurmer, Fred Frith, and Jerome Harris are the first names that popped into my mind.
  14. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hamish Stewart of the Average White Band traded off with Alan Gorrie at times
  15. Fixed. He also played a lot with Paul McCartney and switched back and forth between bass and guitar as needed.
  16. Didn't Captain Sensible in the Damned move from bass to guitar?