Six Stringers

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Steve Holroyd, Jan 25, 2001.

  1. I'm not looking to add to the "when is a bassist a wannabe guitarist" debate that is raging in another thread, but I had a question:

    Excepting Anthony Jackson and John Patitucci, how many other recorded professionals are known for being PRIMARILY six-string bassists?

    This is not an accusation or fact, I'm thinking of getting a 6-string, which prompted my curiosity.

  2. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    Steve Bailey
    John Myung
    Jimmy Haslip

    ...and....ME! ;)

    Those are the ones that spring immedately to mind. If I think of any more, I'll post again.
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Les Claypool - 6 string fretless?

    I know a few Jazz players in the UK, but you wouldn't have heard of them.
  4. Cornbread


    Jun 20, 2000
    Lawrence, Ma
    Oteil Burbridge.
    There are probably lots of relatively unknown studio bassists that use 6's. I've seen bassists for pop bands like britney spears etc. playing 6 string basses.
  5. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Mike Gordon
    Kim Stone
    Gerald Veasley
    Jimmy Earl
  6. cole


    Sep 14, 2000
    Robert Smith uses a Fender Bass VI... does that count?
  7. SantosL.Halper


    Sep 27, 2000
    I've seen Phish a few times-I think Gordon only uses a 5. Anyone know what kind?

    Marge:"You know Homer, it's true what they say. Women really are from Venus, and men are from Mars".

    Homer:"Oh sure Marge, give us the one with all the monsters!"
  8. oddentity

    oddentity Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    The last few tours (from Story of the Ghost on), I'm pretty sure Mike Gordon was using a Modulus Quantum Five. Prior to that, he used Languedoc custom made basses.

    Phil Lesh is a famous user of 6-string basses.
  9. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I could have sworn Gordon was playing a Modulus 6 on "Austin City Limits".