What is your favorite metal bass tone?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by simenandreas, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. simenandreas


    Jan 23, 2011
    Here is some tones I REALLY like:

    Nolly from Periphery:
  2. In terms of old school, I'd gotta give it to Geezer, but Jon Leon of White Wizzard really blows me away in terms of a newer band. He has probably my favorite tone of all time.

    Here's Jon in action

  3. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    As a teen in the 80s, my favorite bass tone was on the album "Ignorance" by Sacred Reich.


    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jason Newsted's Sadowsky tone with Metallica
  5. powmetalbassist

    powmetalbassist Supporting Member

    Jon from White Wizard has an awesome tone (even though as a person he is a douche)

    I also like the following

    - 80's (and the recent attempt at recapturing the tone) of Megadeth's David Ellefson
    - Greg Christian of Testament on the New Order/Souls of Black albums
    - Fred Leclerc of Dragonforce
    - Adrian Lambert of (formerly) Dragonforce, Biomechanical, and Son of Science
  6. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Newsted's tone on the first Flots album

    Troy Gregory's tone on Prong's Prove You Wrong

    Everything else is false. 100% false.
  7. blueskyjaunte

    blueskyjaunte Thump

    Sep 16, 2013
    Sunny AZ
    Steve Harris.

  8. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    i have always found steve's tone clunky and lacking definition. saw them live in October, and it only corroborated my preconceived notions
  9. blueskyjaunte

    blueskyjaunte Thump

    Sep 16, 2013
    Sunny AZ
    De gustibus and all that. ;) Personally I can't stand distorted bass.
  10. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
  11. ynot12

    ynot12 Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2012
    Elk Grove Village, IL
    Wow. A whole lot of my AZ bands' bass players here. I grew up on Flotz, Sacred, and Troy Gregory played on a couple Flotz records after Jason joined Metallica. He then played on that Prong Prove You Wrong record. All of these are HUGE influences of mine!!!
  12. Sbociol


    Feb 24, 2009
    No one mentioned Rex Brown yet?? :p
  13. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    John Myung. No, really.

    Also a big fan of Cliff Burton's tones.
  14. Not flaming ok? Really, I'm not.

    My favorite metal bass tone depends on the music.

    TOPS is Chris Squire's tone. I always wanted that in metal. Think about it.

    Next is a Geddy and Steve Harris tie. I know Geddy isn't metal, but you asked about TONE, not genre per se.

    After that there are no choices. And worse, nothing after "Piece of Mind" was worth listening to for my taste in metal. Yes, I'm that old-fashioned and narrow. For example, even in 1987 I couldn't stand Metallica.

    Ok, everyone, resume the thread. The irrational lunatic guy is done.

    But I really do mean it about Chris Squire's tone. KILLER.
  15. I like Peter Steels tone, though I don't think it would work in many bands other than ToN. Justin Chancellor is another favourite of mine.
  16. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    You and me... we're going to get on ok :p
  17. I actually found the Red Hamer blitz he used for the over the top music video used at a GC, someone bought it probably a day before I could...:crying:
  18. Pearldiver


    Apr 30, 2005
  19. Warhawk


    Jan 31, 2003
    Canton, Ohio
    Lemmy, Lemmy, Lemmy! Steve Harris and Ian Hill. Oh, and that vocalist/bassist guy from Slayer...