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Who has the most unique tone?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Tupac, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    There's a cool idea for a thread. Who has the most unique tone you've heard? There aren't that many tones that haven't been done to death, but Tim Commorford's Evil Empire tone is pretty monstrous. Mostly because you cannot get it without lots of equipment and fiddling.
  2. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    Don't know if this makes it unique but John Wetton's tone live with King Crimson is the BIGGEST tone I've ever heard.
  3. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Melbourne, FL.
    Paul Barker on Ministry's "Filth Pig" and "Dark Side of the Spoon".
  4. RhynoRock


    Dec 19, 2012
    Fredonia, NY
    I honestly feel that Chris Squire's tone from the legendary Yes album "Fragile" is pretty stand alone, tonewise. There's no mistaking Roundabout. It almost sounds like a clavinet, which freakin rules. And for those of whom that don't know what a clavinet sounds like, listen to Superstition by Stevie Wonder.
  5. micgtr71


    Dec 4, 2012
    I will agree with this. Also, Chris Squire's tone is unique.
  6. bootsy collins
  7. Colonel_Claypoo

    Colonel_Claypoo Steve Harris nut

    Oct 24, 2007
    Steve Harris. Never heard anybody really nail his tone.
  8. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    Steve Swallow and Carles Benavent both get pretty unique tones.
  9. Geddy!!
    ...and Justin Chancellor.
  10. Mtnman


    Jun 5, 2012
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Les Claypool on this (especially in the intro):
  11. sven kalmar

    sven kalmar

    Apr 29, 2009
    entwistle, lesh, antony jackson, ray schulman..paul mcCartney, jaco..
    most great players have their own tone..
  12. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
    Id go with claypool as well,,alot of its in the way he plays
  13. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    I disagree. Paul Barker on 'Beers, Steers and Queers' and 'The Land Of Rape And Honey'

  14. sok monkee

    sok monkee Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2007
    Burlington N.C.
    I'll say Billy Sheehan has his own tone!!!
  15. mycena


    Nov 8, 2008
    felix pappalardi and jack bruce for sure
  16. Jothabass


    Jul 18, 2009
    Northern NJ
    For me, Billy Sheenan has an unique tone... Im not into overdriven sound, but his tone its always awesome

    At the other side, Richard Bona and Will Lee has serious thunderous sound too!!!
  17. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

  18. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Steve Bailey and Les Claypool :)
  19. sven kalmar

    sven kalmar

    Apr 29, 2009
    most great pålayers have theur own tone. thats part of what it is to be great.