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top 3 best bassists?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by CoDBassPlayer, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. CoDBassPlayer


    Oct 30, 2006
    Okay, I've got a speech thing I have to write and we need our topics for tomorrow. I'd like to get everyone's opinion of the top 3 bassists, I don't want to start an arguement about styles.

    I just would like to know who you think are the 3 most revolutionary bassists, preferred to have lived in the past 20 years or so, but it doesn't matter much to me.
  2. OH NOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
  4. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Offhand, I'd rank them as such:

    1. Derek Smalls
    2. Joey Arkenstat
    3. Peter Tork
  5. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    nice... Arkenstat... even better!:D
  6. FOR ME

  7. gkbass13

    gkbass13 Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2006
    jamerson, jaco and te third is tough for me...i would say a toss up between marcus miller, vic and bootsy.

    my 2 personal favorits right now are richard bona and oteil burbridge
  8. vlado


    Mar 14, 2006
    Buje, Croatia
  9. Ale


    Jul 5, 2006
    Endorsing Artist: IGiG Cases
    Its impossible to say , and i dont like to rank players.
    But if i have too ...

    3.Etienne Mbappe
  10. deckard


    Apr 4, 2003
    Tough one... but here ya go:

    Jack Bruce
    Mike Manring
  11. I would vote this as they "defined" a style or genre of music.
    I will give you my top 6

    1) Jamerson - Motown
    2) Jaco - Jazz
    3) Steve Harris - Metal
    4) Leland Sklar - Contemporary
    5) Flea/Geddy - Rock (tied)
    6) Bootsy - Funk
  12. VanillaO

    VanillaO Poop?

    Oct 14, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    John Paul Jones
    Geezer Butler
    Greg Lake
  13. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
  14. JeremyBender


    Oct 22, 2001

    James Jamerson
    John Entwistle
    Jaco Pastorius

    These 3 guys revolutionized the electric bass guitar. I suppose you could take out Jaco and add in a Larry Graham, simply because of what slap and pop did for bass playing, but life would go on without slap and pop. We'd all be playing the root if not for the above 3 I listed. In my most humble opinion of course.
  15. acleex38


    Jul 28, 2006
    +1 for Joey Arkenstat

    add to my list Danny Partridge and...ah, let's put Arkenstat on there again.

    1.) Joey Arkenstat
    2.) Danny Partridge
    3.) Joey Arkenstat
  16. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003
    I guess there is no wrong answers?

    3-Jonas Hellborg

    Ask me next week I'll give you three different names.
  17. the_fonz


    Nov 27, 2006
    Kane, PA
    in no particular order (as none are better, just different)

    wooten, jaco, and bootsy
  18. lawsonman


    Dec 19, 2005
    NW IL
    Can't do it.
  19. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY
    1. Niels Pedersen
    2. John Patitucci
    3. Geddy Lee
  20. knarleybass

    knarleybass Commercial User

    Apr 6, 2005
    Tustin, CA
    Owner of Ulyate Instruments
    I would have to say...

    1. Jaco, because he showed the rest of us what could be done with the bass
    2. Anthony Jackson, becausse he is to me what I call completely unencumbered by his instrument, the music just seems to effortlessly flow from his brain to the amplifier via the bass.
    3. James Jammerson, just came up with and played great bass lines.

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