First, i'd like to say that The White Stripes are an amazing band. An amazing 2 person-band, meaning they have no bassist. Do they really need a bassist? I see all these articles about how bassists hate White Stripes..why? because it shows that a great band does'nt have to have a bassist, it would sound more decent to us bassists but to their style of playing it's fine how it is..so my point is who hear agrees that they sound fine without a bassist,and who doesnt? by the way their piano melodies make up for the bass (rythm) in the band.