Simple question, I'm sure it's been asked alot before, but I couldn't find any recent discussions on this. Which bassist sounded better for the band TOOL? Now when I say best, I don't just mean the stuff they write. I mean which bassist had the better tone, and which one overall meshed better with the rest of the band? I have a feeling most people here are going to opt Justin right away. but after listening through Opiate (their EP) and Undertow today I really gotta admit that Paul's tone is probably the "best" bass tone I've honestly ever heard. It has personality, it sounds very metallic, punchy and aggressive, and his sound stands out on albums (between the Ovation Magnum and Chris Squire Ric) more than the Wal did in their later albums. Not only that but Paul hardly ever used effects, especially compared to Justin. His wal only sounded "cool" in songs like schism where he'd activate his flanger/delay and I always hear him use distortion/overdrive in their music now. Paul only really used effects when it mattered, and I think he was able to accomplish a "more with less" sound in that sense. Paul certainly wasn't perfect though. The year after he stopped using the Ric (I think it was late 1993-1994) and started using the Stingray his tone didn't sound half as cool and became very hard to distinguish from the rest of the band, and you could tell by this point he wasn't really digging the sound of the band anymore which led to his departure. So who do you guys think sounded the best with Tool? Justin or Paul? My personal opinion is that Tool sounded the best back when they had Paul, but I'll admit that Justin helped pushed their music in the direction it was inevitably going more so than Paul could have done.