Underrated and Overrated Bassists

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Fleckbass211, Jul 12, 2003.

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  1. Fleckbass211


    Mar 20, 2003
    My Room
    Who do you think are some of the under-rated bassists in music?

    I see Skynard's bassist being tossed around for being under-rated. (100% Agree)

    I'll post some over-rated bassists in awhile. ( I don't want to get flamed until a conversation gets going)

  2. Underrated: Yep, definitely Wilkerson from Skynyrd. He could boogie like a mofo, and wrote some of the simplest-yet-most-fun bass lines ever.

    Eric Wilson. While not technically proficient, he can really groove. What's he up to these days, still in Long Beach Dub All-Stars?

    Steve DiGorgio. Metal bassists get very little respect, but this guy can really let it rip on fretless.

    Overrated: No idea. I can't stand Jaco, but that's just because I hate the music. I'm not gonna doubt that he had an impact on modern playing...
  3. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    Underrated: Ryan Martinie from Mudvayne (although he's getting more and more recognition, so he may not be underrated anymore).

    Okay, I'll be the first to throw out some Overrated claims, and risk being shot for them.
    Overrated: Fieldy from Korn (just not impressed with his writing).

    Rob Trujillo, just based on his recent work with Metallica. He's a very good bass player, and I am a big fan of his, but I'm disappointed that he didn't write his own bass lines for their new album (although I'm not sure that new bass lines alone could save them). Bob Rock filled in competently, but as a full-time bass player, I think Trujillo might have been better off to contribute his own work to the album.
  4. Underrated:

    Mark Hoppus(I believe his lyrics and basslines fit the style/genre very well...and I like his bass:)

    Mike Dirnt(I think he's a great bass player with some very good bass lines,and really keeps the band together,but...no one really knows/cares how good he is:meh:


    John Turner(I'm sure if I had 19 some custom 7 string conklins I'd be just as "good") ;)

  5. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    Underrated: Mark White from the Spin Doctors, pop music bass playing never sounded so good.
  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany

    Cliff Burton, Matt Freeman, Ryan Martinie,


    Hellmut Hattler (Kraan, solo)

    Now flame me :p
  7. Fleckbass211


    Mar 20, 2003
    My Room
    Agree: All of the under rated
    Fieldy doesn't practice and laughs about it ( aggravates me)

    Disagree: Cliff Burton was not over-rated at all

    I'm not going to goto into Hoppus or this threat will be closed.
  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    He was, trust me, I saw him live.
  9. Fleckbass211


    Mar 20, 2003
    My Room
    I would take your opinion over mine, as you are more talented and experiences with music than I am.
    ( I dont reveal my age because many people look down on it )

  10. Prahainspring


    Oct 22, 2002
    New Jersey
    ........untill the last episode right?
  11. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    That wouldnt be Rob's fault. Im pretty sure the new material was written/recorded by the time Rob joined.
  12. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Overrated: Les Claypool, Cliff Burton, John Turner (fer cryin out loud, he can't even play Freebird!)

    Underrated: Laura Love is all I can think of off the top of my head.

    A lot of the ones that came to mind weren't underrated, just fairly unknown; when known though, they're generally recognized and praised just the right amount.
  13. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I'll play the hyena in the tall grass, and wait for the carnage that's due to follow. Afterwards, I'll come out and roll around in the kill. :p
  14. Fleckbass211


    Mar 20, 2003
    My Room
    Rob I must say is one great bassist. His work in Ozzy was absolutely great. My opinion is now he is sort of put to waste being in Metallica.

  15. As a funkateer I definitely feel the urge to put the spotlight on the IMO grossly under-rated Stuart Zender, the former bassist of Jamiroquai.

    The man puts so much feel into his work. I haven't heard any other bassplayer from the nineties or later put so much soul into their grooves. He sure knows what the pocket is!
    You can tell from his sound he really, totally loves the instrument. I dig his sound over all other bass players' sounds, so phat, so juicy.
    He made me play bass.

  16. I agree that Claypool is a little overated, but since he is so freakin creative he can't be very overated, he can put down a funk and groove like anyone, and his writing is just down right goofy and funny sounding, but I love that. As far as underated. I think Jeff Ament comes in there, he's a great player too ya know!


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    John Myung (maybe if they'd turn him up in the mix more people would notice him :meh:) Dave Meros (spocks beard) and John Turner keep up the good work man)

    anyone who lacks musicianship on bass and is seen as an impressive player.
  18. Viktor


    Jun 21, 2003
    First of all this is a reply to:

    -CndrSmrof:You think Jacp Patorius is overrated????You've got to be kidin' me!!!!Have you even listend to his music...man they don't call him "the greatest bass player" for nothing!!!

    -JMX:Cliff Burton was(is) not overrated,have you heard his solos?...Anestesia,Orion,....He wrote half of Metallica stuff(the good old stuff),his was one the most talented bass players around,!And he's speed......I think I don't have to say nothing about that!And second of all...you saw him live.....how old R you??????He died in 86!

    -Brendan:Les Claypool is overrated???Are you mad???????The man invented 10 ways of playing bass!My advice,to you,s to check out Sailing the Seas oc Cheese!

    PEACE!I am waiting for replyes!:D


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    dude havent you ever heard of opinions? they have theirs, you have yours, neither is right or wrong. dont try to change what others think or force your opinions on other please.
  20. BIIIINNNNGGGGGOOOOOOO!!!!!!! my Brutha, The Man is SUPER FUNKY But also check out the new bassist, the dude used to be in a jamiroquai tribute band Now he is with the real deal. How cool is that.

    also he gets extra credit for being blind in one eye:bassist:

    overrated- I got to go with flea. Not that the guy don't have some great chops but talk to any non bass player and he is on EVERYONES top 5 list:rolleyes: give me a fricken break!!!
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