It disturbs me that none of my friends had even the slightest clue at to what a bass was until I started playing. When I ask anybody to name their favorite guitar players they can sit there and at name off at least 7-10 players but when I ask who their favorite bass players are they sit there for a minute and then finally remember Flea. Why does the general public seem to pay attention to guitar players more than bass players. Example - On almost any music awards the guitar player and the lead singer will present awards or make appearances. Rarely the bass player will make an appearance. I don't really think people realize how important a bass player is. A few weeks ago when Creed's bass player left the band I heard a radio announcer talking about it and he made the comment "How hard can it be to find a new bass player?" and it made me really pissed off. I just want anybody's general opinion about why the bass isn't as widely recognized as the guitar.