Who has your favorite bass tone?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Alyssa, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. Alyssa

    Alyssa Guest

    Sep 27, 2014
    What professional musician has the best bass tone in your opinion? My favorite is Nick Harmer from Death Cab for Cutie. An Ashdown with a P bass is always a good combo. His basslines always fit so perfectly into the songs. Check it out for yourself.
  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    I was always partial to Chris Squire's Ric tone.

    Then Geddy's Ric tone. Then his Jazz tone.

    I guess you could say I like a bright 'n punchy tone that really cuts thru.

    Saying that, I always liked Geezer Butler's P bass tone in early Sabbath recordings too.

    Maybe it's more the player than the tone for me...?
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  3. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    Jimmy Haslip
    Nathan East
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  4. DannyBob

    DannyBob Guest

    Aug 28, 2013
    Me :)
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  5. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Geddy Lee - Moving Pictures
  6. thabassmon


    Sep 26, 2013
    New Zealand
    I quite like Stuart zender's tone on early Jamiroquai especially on manifest destiny and not another story.
    I think Red Mitchell's tone on the Hampton Hawes stuff is awesome too. His tone and playing is most featured on These foolish things'
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  7. I have lots of favorite bass tones: Double bass; Fender jazz fretless; stock Fender P with flats; Musicman sabre... and so on. I have to say though, that my all-time-favorite electric bass tone is that of Anthony Jackson playing his 'career girl' jazz - with a touch of phaser.

    A good example of it can be heard in this clip

    Also - the late Dee Murray, Elton John's bass player in the 70's and early 80's always had impeccable tone - This one sounds like Dee playing his stack-knob jazz (although he sometimes used a P bass)
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  8. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Jack Bruce
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  9. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
    Pino on D'Angelo's albums
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  10. I have 2. Rob Wright from Nomeansno and David Wm Simms of The Jesus Lizard. Both are gritty and aggressive with punch and clarity.
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  11. nerkoids


    Jan 3, 2014
    Even though this is live audio, his playing on this version of Levon really gives a great demo of his chops:
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  12. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I cut my teeth in the '70s...so it's-

    Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan, Quincy Jones, etc)
    Will Lee (Breckers, early Spyro Gyra, etc)
    Gary King (George Benson, Tom Scott, Bob James, etc)
    Anthony Jackson (O'Jays, Quincy Jones, Chaka, etc)
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  13. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    Too tough to say :) But I love the tone Geddy gets on 'Hemispheres' and I always loved that Ibanez Silver Series Jazz/p neck that Graham Maby played on all those old Joe Jackson hits. I don't try to emulate them but classic bass tones. If you haven't heard Hemispheres lately, pop over to Youtube and give a listen - just classic Geddy :)
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  14. TheArchitect


    Aug 4, 2009
    Gary Willis/anything - Tribal Tech
    Michael Anthony / Fair Warning - VH
    Ross Valory / Escape - Journey
    John Patitucci / anything - Chick Corea Electric band
    Various / anything - Steely Dan
  15. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    Chris Squire and Jaco.
  16. marko138


    May 24, 2013
    Perry County PA
    Tim Commerford.
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  17. Mvilmany


    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY
    Thank you so much for posting that.
  18. Mvilmany


    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY
    My all time favorite tone: John Paul Jones on Heartbreaker.
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  19. AudioDwebe

    AudioDwebe Guest

    Dec 21, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    One of my favorites is Ric Fierabracci on his Pedulla.
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  20. thenazz


    May 9, 2011
    Pensacola, FL
    Another fan of Graham Maby's tone on the first couple of Joe Jackson albums.
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