Your 3 most influential bass players?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by The Great Genius, Nov 30, 2022.

  1. If you could only pick 3, who would they be?

    Mine are Dusty Hill, Geddy Lee and Mel Schacker.

    If I had to pick a 4th, it would be Chris Squire, with John McVie given honorary mention.
  2. Sean150


    Jul 18, 2018
    Flea, McCartney and Wooten if I had to choose 3.
  3. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    There have been quite a few but the three most influential early ones were Terrence Butler, Chris Squire, and Jon Camp.
  4. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Jack Bruce
    Anthony Jackson
    Tony Levin
  5. westrock


    Nov 18, 2007
    John Paul Jones
    Berry Oakley
    Stanley Clarke
  6. Masbutch

    Masbutch Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2013
    Geddy lee
    Cliff burton
  7. Datsgor

    Datsgor Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2000
    Geezer Butler
    Steve Harris
    Chris Squire

    I feel the need to mention Geddy Lee, Phil Lesh and Jack Casady but I can't because, well....3
  8. roccobass

    roccobass Still funkin’ in the free world. Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    Rocco Prestia
    Percy Jones
    Chris Squire

    My honorary 4th would be: Jaco
  9. fishdreams

    fishdreams Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Endorsing: Martin Keith Guitars
    Jack Bruce Charles Mingus Oscar Pettiford
  10. Lowend65

    Lowend65 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    If I'm being honest about my actual playing
    Duff McKagen
    Rufus Reid
    Geezer Butler
  11. Dynomuttasaurus


    Jul 23, 2016
    Cliff Button
    Steve Harris
    Geezer Butler

    Geddy Lee - honorable mention
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  12. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    The top three would probably be:

    - Meshell Ndegeocello
    - Mark King
    - Bernard Edwards
  13. TyBo


    Dec 12, 2014
    From early on: Monk Montgomery, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix (I was mesmerized by the bass on "Watchtower", turns out it was Jimi, so ... :) )

    But maybe I should say Roger Glover, for "Smoke On The Water", played that with the old garage band ... way cool dude! :D
  14. rashrader


    Mar 4, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    I am Endorsed by
    Anthony Jackson
    Michael Manring
    John Patitucci

    This list changes from time to time, but this is where it is right now.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2022
  15. Hawk256


    Nov 19, 2021
    Geezer Butler
    Steve Harris
    Billy Sheehan
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  16. Will_White


    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    Geezer Butler
    Steve Harris
    Lemmy Kilmister
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  17. Jack Bruce

    James Jamerson


    and a million others
  18. Trabeen

    Trabeen Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Gary Thain
    Boz Burrell
    Carl Radle
  19. thenazz


    May 9, 2011
    Pensacola, FL
    Graham Maby-Tone
    Rocco Prestia-Ghost notes
    George Porter-Pocket and groove
  20. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    Stanley Clarke
    Anthony Jackson