Short bassists!!

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by kohntarkosz, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    I was lucky enough to watch some highlights from the Glastonbury Festival over New Year. One of the bands, called Savages, had a really tiny bassist, Ayse Hassan. The band were a sort of punky. Ayse looked to be about as tall as her bass would be, yet somehow she plays the thing!


    It had me thinking. Who are other notable bassists who are short in stature? I understand Geddy Lee is quite short, but there must be others!
  2. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

    Geddy Lee is 5' 10", far from short.

    Flea on the other hand is 5' 6".
    Victor Wooten is like 5' 7"
  3. Many years ago I met Pete Trewavas from Marillion. I'm 6'1 and I TOWERED over him!
    Musta been 5'4, 5'5 tops.
    Great bass player, and more importantly, one of the nicest people I've ever met.
  4. postalflunkie


    Jun 12, 2013
    Meshell Ndegeocello
  5. dwjazz54


    Jan 21, 2003
    Jersey City, NJ
    I was once blessed to spend some time chatting with him, and I remember him being maybe shorter than that. Monster player, of course, and a kind and generous person, but TINY.
  6. idoker

    idoker Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    MTD Basses

    I also spent some time with Victor, and would have to say he's at least a few inches shorter than 5'7"....clearly doesn't effect his awesome talent.
  7. I would guess Eric Bass from Shinedown to be about 5'5". I'm 5'2" and was almost eye to eye with him. Super nice guy!
  8. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    Great photo! Annnnnnnnd she plays a 60th Anniversary P!

    All the tape holding her straps on mystifies me though.

    I'm vertically challenged myself... so?
  9. ebannist


    Jan 15, 2012
  10. Mr. Sound

    Mr. Sound Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2009
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  11. Yeah, she's very short...Meshell has said that she can't reach the tuners when her Jazz Bass is strapped on...doesn't matter..awesome bass player!
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  12. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    I'm sure I read he was closer to 5' 6'' or so... his Jazz basses do look big on him, but this could be an illusion created by his use of a shorter strap and the fact he holds the bass fairly horizontal.
  13. hellboy


    Nov 5, 2002
    Peter Hook is not very tall.
  14. project_c


    May 8, 2008
    London, UK
    I'm about 5 foot 6, reading this thread makes me feel a lot better.
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  15. Mr. Sound

    Mr. Sound Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2009
    Ronnie Lane Height: 5 ft 5 in (1.65 M)

    Steven Marriott Height: 5 ft 4 in (1.63 M)

    This means Ronnie was a giant in the small faces!
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  16. Riverrunsred


    Jan 20, 2010
    Central FL
    Tal Wilkenfeld looks tiny.
  17. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    "Mars" Cowling with Pat Travers looked small on stage. Monster player, though.
  18. 1960jbass

    1960jbass Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2013
    Berwick, PA
    What about Bill Wyman???
  19. TC.65


    Dec 20, 2008
    Carbondale IL
    I'm 5'5" lol.