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Tone Monsters

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by LCMBassist, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. LCMBassist


    Sep 27, 2008
    Ok, so who are your favourite bassists who have good tone? They don't have to be amazing players, but they have to have made you think 'hmmm, that sounds a bit good!'. Mine are, in no particular order:

    Jason Newsted (Metallica)
    Tim Commerford (Rage, and Audioslave tone too)
    Mike Kroeger (Nickelback)
    Guy from Alien Ant Farm
    Dirk Lance (Incubus)
  2. cetera


    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses & Cort Basses
    All different styles.... and different tones

    Eddie Jackson (Queensryche) on Empire & Operation Mindcrime albums
    Guy Pratt (on Toy Matinee on with Madonna)
    Kip Winger (on the Winger albums)
    Duff McKagan (Guns n Roses)
    Peter Cetera (Chicago)
    Tiran Porter (Doobie Brothers)
    Geddy Lee (Rush)
    John Entwistle (The Who)
    and many more....
  3. +1 on Kroeger. Nothing fancy, but IMO a very good tone.
  4. Ezbass


    Apr 3, 2008
    Roscoe Beck, any of his work with Robben Ford or Eric Johnson, but especially on his solo album.

    Tony Levin So and Secret World live with Peter Gabriel.

    Bruce Thomas with The Attractions.

    Pino on early Paul Young.

    Chuck on Aja and Royal Scam.

    Entwhistle on Quadrophenia.

    And finally, after the cash I've spent this year, I'd like to think me.
  5. BassMan250


    Jan 26, 2007
    Denver, CO
    Entwistle on Live at Leeds
    JPJ on Zep I (and II, and every other album for that matter)
    Geddy Lee
    Guy Pratt
    Henkka T. Blacksmith
    Duff McKagan
    Juan Alderete
    Tim Commerford
    Jonas Hellborg
    Justin Chancellor
  6. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Pensacola, FL.
    After last night...JUAN ALDERETE!!!
  7. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003
    Pino-John Mayer Trio
    JPJ-Zepplin 1 and II
    Jonas Hellborg-Anything, and his ABG tone.
    Jaco-First solo album.
    Jack Bruce-Cream.
    Timmy C.(overdirve tone)
    Jack Cassidy-(Hot Tuna tone)
    Sir Paul-early Hofner tone.
  8. LCMBassist


    Sep 27, 2008
    Indeed, his tone on all the albums has been very good. It changed to a more gritty tone when he switched to the Spectors from warwicks. Still very nice though!
  9. FunkyLemz


    Oct 17, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Good list
  10. +1 on most mentioned already, also Colin Greenwood from Radiohead always has great tone on their albums. Also, Ben Shepherd from Soundgarden, Robert Deleo from STP.
  11. LP75


    Aug 29, 2006
    Phil Lesh

    and one who did well to emulate his Modulus/Meyer tone:
    Mike Gordon.
  12. LCMBassist


    Sep 27, 2008
    Ooo, Chris Wolstenholme has a good fuzz tone...forgot him!
  13. Johno Dunn

    Johno Dunn Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    Carpinteria, Ca.
    In no particular order;

    Tony Levine
    Tony Franklin
    Percy jones
  14. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Nathan East, both live and studio

    Freebo on the early Bonnie Raitt stuff

    Jack Cassaday, especially live as recorded on "Bless it's Pointed Little Head" and the first Hot Tuna album

    Willie Weeks on Scofield's tribute to Ray Charles

    John Etnwisthl on "Live At Leeds"

    Carl Radle on the first Clapton solo album

    Jack Bruce since he started playing the Warwick. Great recording on his 50th birthday concert recording.

    Hutch Hutchison on the later Bonnie Raitt work

    Bob Babbitt on "Midnight Train To Georgia"

    Jaco's warmer sounds like "Contiuim" and "Donna Lee", the live Joni Mitchell stuff on "Shadows & Light" as well as live Weather Report.

    Duck Dunn on Chris Hillmans' solo album "Slippin' Away". There's also a very well recorded Leland Skar track on that album.

    Jim Fielder all over the second BS&T album ("Spinnin' Wheel", You've Made Me So Very Happy", et. al.) BTW, Fielder is also on the Chris Hillman ablum I mentioned above.

    Whoever played bass on Laura Nyro's album of old Motown songs with LaBell (befroe they became Patti Labell and Labell). I don't recall the bassist, but he's got a great sound.

    Jason Scheff at least on one TV show I saw years and years ago. He was playing a Lakland through an Eden rig. I have no idea how much of that was feeding the TV sound, but the bass sat so perfectly in the mix that you could hear everything you wanted an nothing you didn't want. The SOUND made me go into the living room to see what was going on.

    Joel DiBartolo on the old Carson show. When he was playing the StingRay.

    Stephen Stills on "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"

    Whoever played bass on Gnarles Barkely's "Crazy". Could be a synth, but it sounds great.

  15. Willy2911


    Sep 11, 2008
    OC California
    Justin chancellor
    Family Man
    Eric Wilson
  16. chroma601


    Feb 16, 2007
    Sylva, NC
    Some unsung or less sung tone heroes of mine:

    Glenn Worf (Mark Knopfler band)
    Ray Shulman (Gentle Giant)
    Dickie Peterson (Blue Cheer)
    Stan Miller (Earthquake)
    Phil Volk (Paul Revere & The Raiders)
    Dave Hawes (Catherine Wheel)
    Alan Anton (Cowboy Junkies)
    David Kershaw (Sarah McLachlan
  17. Deluge Of Sound

    Deluge Of Sound Banned

    Nov 8, 2007
    Al Cisneros leaps to mind.
  18. RTL

    RTL House Chicken Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Leander, TX
    Kyle Brock - from the Electromagnets days when he played Alembics, and all the way through EJ's Venus Isle. The latter always fascinated me - warmth for days, but never lacking definition or growl.

    Randy Jackson - In particular, his tone on "I Touch Myself" by the DiVinyls. I know he's played much more high-profile stuff, but this song always stands out.

    John Deacon (Queen) - If anyone ever had a great P-Bass tone, it's this guy. Sure, his tone on the '86 Wembley concert was godawful, but I'm not talking live either :)

    Roscoe Beck - Listen to the sound he was getting back in 1985 when "Tones" was recorded. One of the "Hi-Fi" bass pioneers, in my opinion.

    Mike Dirnt - Yeah, I know.. Right? Seriously.. Killer pick tone. And I don't even like Green Day.

    Jimmy Haslip - This has nothing to do with the fact that I play a Roscoe. Listen to anything Yellowjackets. Tasty.

    Pino (of course) - He's living proof that skinny white guys can create groove like no other. :D

    There are others, but I'm tired of typing. Hah.
  19. :DChilis:D


    Dec 23, 2006
    Marcus Miller
  20. Che


    Jan 13, 2007
    Colin Greenwood
    Tony Levin with PG
    Tim Commerford
    Juan Alderete

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