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who do you think has the best tone?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by peteroberts, Dec 27, 2001.

  1. electric bass only...provide examples if possible
  2. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    Geddy Lee and his rickenbacker tone rules!

    i´m also a fan of these tones:
    -Nick Fyffe of Jamiroquai (with a Zon)
    -Marcus Miller (Slap tone)
    -Eric Wilson (sublime)
  3. right now I am digging:
    Me'Shell: 'Peace & Passion' great tone!!!
    Richard Bona: on Mike Stern's 'Voices'
    I'm sure I'll think of others as soon as I hit 'Submit'...
  4. John Paul Jones
    Paul McCartney (Post "Pepper's")
    Robert Deleo
    Jeff Ament
  5. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    donald duck dunn
    doug pinnick
    lemmy kilmister
    john paul jones
    robert de leo
  6. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Nick Fyffe w/ Zon
    Stu Zender
    Doug Pinnick
    Edit: I forgot P-Nut!
    And Steve Bailey, and Gary Willis, and Michael Manring, etc...

    Tones I like but would never use:
    Billy Sheehan
    Oteil Burbridge (sometimes)
    Ryknow (live on DVD...much better than CD)
  7. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Fran Sheehan
  8. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    For tone, Colin Greenwood (of Radiohead). He has a good, straightforward sound.

    Examples: well, almost any radiohead: Creep for his 'ray sound, Life In a Glasshouse for his DB stuff (interesting) most any of ok computer, the bends, amnesiac for his P-bass stuff
  9. I like;
    Cliff burton - RIC 4001 (kill 'em all sounded the best IMO)
    Traa Daniels (live with P.O.D.) - Warwick (he played at least 3 different high-end Warwicks last time I saw them) awesome Growling, woody, jazz bass type tone.
  10. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    I've only heard one tune with Juan Nelson (Ben Harper), but his tone on that song ("Fight For Your Mind (Live)") is absolutely wonderful. That has to be my favourite.
  11. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Marcus Miller (slap and fretless)
    Jimmy Haslip (quasi-acoustic electric)
    Victor Bailey (classic J growl)
    Anthony Jackson (plectrum stuff)
    Roscoe Beck (blues and organ stuff)
  12. Jack Bruce :)
  13. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    best tone.... John paul jones was awesome in zepplin. he cut, but didnt have any Harshness in his midrange. its a great tone. then we have justin chancellor from tool. very awesome tone. its like he has the mids boosted, lows boosted, and highs boosted. its like he just cranks all tone knobs forward. although im sure he doesnt. i think he has the best balance.

    Edited by Angus for improper content. You've been warned.
  14. My choices:
    1)Sting on the early Police stuff
    2)Mike Mezaros of The Smithereens
    3)Whoever played bass on Jeffrey Osborne's "Stay With Me Tonight"
    4)Geddy Lee
    5)Bruce Thomas
    6)John Taylor
    7)Other examples I can't remember right now...

    my 3 cents OF AN EURO!
  15. For cutting through like a chainsaw through tissue paper, my vote goes to Matt Freeman.

    For a good all around P-bass tone, Mike Dirnt's "Nimrod" stuff works for me. It just sounds...good for some reason.
  16. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    my 2 favorite tones,but VERY VERY DIFFERENT are..

    eric wilson from sublime-deep and rich
    matt freeman from rancid-cuts through like a knife
  17. Sure we know about the jazz and funk tones, but a lot of rock players have good tones too…

    Geezer Butler got a really good tone when playing along with the guitar in Black Sabbath’s Iron Man.

    Timmy C of Rage Against the Machine has to have one of the best distortion tones I have heard, actually dubbed RATM tone.

    Shavo of System of a Down has a very good fat tone that has real syrup.

    Dorain 27 has a really good frown tone, a really good example of midrange and precision along with a great fingertyle funk on "Backbone."

    Oddly enough Twiggy from Marilyn Manson has a really good tone! Raucous top end and lots of thick lows.
  18. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    1. P-Nut
    2. Flea (on the song Knock Me Down, from Mothers Milk)
    3. Me

    That's about all that is coming to mind right now, my mind kinda went blank.

    By the way, that is a Spector that Flea is playing on the song Knock Me Down, right??
  19. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    HA HA HA HA. i didnt even say anything mildly offenseve. Whatever.

  20. I'd say Geezer Butler and Jack Bruce

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