Who is your most underrated bassist?...

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Claymore, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. Claymore


    Nov 10, 2019
    Rhode Island
    The title says it all. Who is the guy that you think absolutely KILLS it that doesn't get the recognition of some of the top-shelf bassists that we're all accustomed to hearing about. I'll throw my hat in for Mike Gordon. His tone and technique is way over what he gets credit for. Who does it for you??
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  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Me. And Mike makes a fortune so I wouldn't call him underrated ;)
  3. Glenn Cornick and Berry Oakley (Jethro Tull, The Allman Bros. Band), I hardly ever hear any talk about them despite the fact they created some of the best basslines ever IMHO. (Jethro Tull, The Allman Bros. Band)

    From Bourée (Tull) to Whipping Post (Allman), these bass players made some of the best lines to come out of 4 strings, yet noone talks about them anymore. A shame really.

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  4. Tony Kanal of No Doubt.

    I understand he is famous and is recognized as a good bassist. I list him because so many people including musicians have told me "wow I never really noticed how good he is" after actually seeing him (or me) playing their songs. His creativity and diversity over No doubt's whole career has been remarkable. He has the chops and knows when to keep it simple and groove. He is also a blast on stage lol

    I will throw in Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne as well. We all know (who are familiar with him) that he is a great player. Most people outside of their fan base or bass players don't take him (or the band) seriously. He is one of a kind IMO and I'm surprised people see him as a joke.
  5. tb4sbp


    May 9, 2017
    North East
    Mine has always been Phil Lynott
    Great player and crafted a lot of cool bass parts
    Most likely over looked being the lead singer/song writer
  6. Rickengeezer


    Feb 25, 2005
    Central Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Steve Clayton Accessories
    I'm not sure where the "ratings" are listed, but I'll try to restrict it to bassists who get slagged on (I'm looking at you, Gene Simmons) rather than those that are not as well known as perhaps they should be. Using that criterion, I'd probably say Michael Anthony, who certainly was maligned by guitarist bandmate, but does a great job of filling sonic space in a 3-piece band rock context. Anyone who doubts what he brings to the table should just compare recent Van Halen to recent Chickenfoot recordings.
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  7. Heroinsheep


    Oct 23, 2017
    Chris Dengler. The original bass player of Interpol.
    Plays an American Standard jazz, no fx no nonsense. He's a true artist of the bass
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  8. I realize I somehow pasted a line from the beginning of my post to the end of it. Whoops :bag:
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  9. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    David Margen
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  10. skyline_01

    skyline_01 Endorsing artist: Nordstrand Audio, Tsunami Cables

    Nov 14, 2006
    Lebanon, OH
    One who comes to mind for me is John Cowan. Although I think most folks know his as a vocalist (which he KILLS at) he is also a superb bassist and does both together effortlessly. I saw him in 2016 with the Doobies and I was very impressed.
  11. Leonid Nidis

    Leonid Nidis

    Jan 1, 2018
    I was talking with bass players and no one knows his name(they all love Jaco) yet started out playing his lines and milions of people around the world sing his lines.
    Im talking about the guy(Alec John Such?) that played all the best lines for bon jovi.
  12. Ductapeman

    Ductapeman Ringmaster and Resident Geriatric Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    The West Pole
    I started life as a drummer, but I got better
    For me it is Domingo Balinton, who used to work with Lydia Pense and Cold Blood in the mid-late 1970s, and who came to Seattle and showed us all 1) the thump-and-pop picking technique, and 2)what a GMT (Gallien-Martin-Taylor) amp was capable of. I went over to Bandstand Music and traded both (!) my Dual Showmans in on one the very next day and have never looked back, and for that I owe him deeply-- but damn I wish now I hadn't traded in both the Showmans! I'm also a fan of Tim Bogert, who no one ever talks much about these days.
  13. SLO Surfer

    SLO Surfer

    Jun 3, 2009
    Los Osos, CA
    Beau Bradbury
  14. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    this might be a goofy answer but honestly,

    top-tier symphony bass players.

    having started in the electric world and dove into classical later, the insane skill level of these folks gets missed by a lot of electric players.

    the skills are the same. good orchestra playing is the same as good pocket playing in a lot of ways. it has to feel good. it has to melt into the other parts. takes great listening skills, preparation, etc.

    the annoying part is some of them are amazing jazz players as well and nobody knows it.

    oh yeah also hadrien feraud...
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  15. InnerBass

    InnerBass Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2014
    Thumpn' Happily
    John Deacon
  16. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    Chuck Rainey.
  17. Colin Moulding of XTC.
  18. Nate Brenner of Tuneyards
  19. skyline_01

    skyline_01 Endorsing artist: Nordstrand Audio, Tsunami Cables

    Nov 14, 2006
    Lebanon, OH
    Also, I don't think enough people talk about Colin Moulding. He might be the most melodic and tasteful pop/rock player on the planet.
  20. ZedLepp


    May 12, 2013
    Billy Gould (Faith No More) and Dug Pinnick (King's X) are my choices.

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