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If guitarists played bass, who would they be?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by KlingyFungus, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. KlingyFungus


    Mar 20, 2010
    I just started thinking about this. What if a standout guitarist picked up a bass instead...what could have been the outcome?

    For example:
    If Jimi Hendrix played bass, would he have been "Jaco"?
    Would Eddie Van Halen have become "Billy Sheehan"?

    I'm sure there are many more examples. What do you think?
  2. nortonrider


    Nov 20, 2007
  3. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Jimi did play bass on Electric Ladyland. It's so far-out I don't know who to compare it with, Jaco is not one of them.
  4. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Paul McCartney :rolleyes:
  5. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Most bass reviewers on youtube.
  6. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    I believe Nolly from Periphery used to be a straight up guitarist in some different metal projects. Now he's "Nolly from Periphery".

    I'll play along with the game though. Here we go...

    Stevie Ray Vaughn = Jack Bruce
    Hendrix = Jaco
    Joe Walsh = Flea
    Eric Clapton = Pino Palladino
    Eddy Van Halen = Geddy Van Halen
  7. If guitarists were bassists there be a lot more slap bass and bass solos
  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    As mentioned, Hendrix played bass on some of The Experience's recordings...EVH played bass on a Sammy Hagar '80s solo recording. Neither Jaco nor Sheehan, IMO.
  9. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

    Oct 7, 2012
  10. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    On Electric Ladyland, Hendrix played bass on everything except:

    Crosstown Traffic, Voodoo Chile, Little Miss Strange, Come On (Part 1,) Burning of the Midnight Lamp. and Voodoo Child (Slight Return.)
  11. ficsci


    Sep 3, 2012
    Yet some of them just play really boring bass lines because they think that the interesting lines are only for guitar :( Or they attempt to shred a bass like a guitar, which does not sound half as interesting as it could be if they at least try to shred it like a bass.