Which BASSIST'S tone you love?

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  1. jrblue

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    Tone? Jimmy Haslip and Billy Sheehan. I like most of the other bassists mentioned here, but not really for their tone. Among the dead, Jaco.
     
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    I loved Watt's bass tone on fIREHOSE's "Flyin' the Flannel", though all his stuff is good.

    Rob Wright's tone on NoMeansNo's "Sex Mad" and "You Kill Me". Sounds like he strapped four strings to an oil tank... :cool:

    Blacky's tone on Voivod's "Nothingface". Pure. Awesome. His "blower bass" sound was evident on everything from "Killing Technology" up, but IMHO was recorded and mixed perfectly on "Nothingface".

    Chris Squire on "Roundabout" (actually the entire "Fragile" album, and probably more than that). That is the quintessential "Ricky through an SVT" tone for me, and I have always tried to aim for that tone in my recording. I'm not good enough to actually get that tone, but that's the target.
    EDIT: I did some research so I don't sound like an idiot - From what I've been able to dig up, he wired his bass so the neck pickup had the SVT and the bridge had a Marshall JMP.
     
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    Absolutely right. Chris Squier had really interesting lines and killer tone.
     
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    I always liked the bass when it comes in at about 1:06.
     
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    All the famous ones! The less processed bass sounds (with effects like especially chorus) the better. Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin et al. Modern ones, Flea, Nathan Navarro (new kid whizz) too. Especially of note the monster number one tone is the almost completely unknown obscure under the radar Icelandic musician Skuli Sverrisson who played on one or two albums by Allan Holdsworth.

    It's not that the bass is mixed up too loud and in your face, it just is like that from the start on. He's got my favorite tone of all of them. However, it isn't really my kind of bag, that kind of music, but so it is, one can give compliments anyway.

    Album: Hard Hat Area, Allan Holdsworth 1993. Any song. But especially the long epic 9:05 minute tune "Low Levels High Stakes". It's the one that gave me goose bumps, as well as Jeff Berlin, and almost the same impact as hearing a good opera singer live, that can both send shivers down the spine, and goose bumps at the same time. On me, that is.
     
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    Too many to list, plus I am likely guilty of mixing tone with style and tuneage.
    Lemmy
    JJ Burnel
    Norman Watt-Roy
    John Entwistle
    JB Sparks ( Sparko )
    Pete Way
    Flea
    Klaus Fluoride
    Rick Danko
    Harvey Bainbridge
    Paul Rudolph
     
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    Ooo! lately I've been really liking Chris Wolstenholme of 'Muse'. and Mike Kerr of 'Royal blood'





     
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    I have oddly little intersection between the music I like for guitar and the music I like for bass. But the ones that come to my mind that achieved distinctive and enjoyable bass tones:

    Mel Schacher ( early Grand Funk)
    Mick Karn
    Lemmy
    Norman Watt Roy
    Tessa Pollitt ( The Slits)
    Aston Barrett
    Jaco Pastorius
    Geezer Butler
    Stuart Morrow ( early NMA)
    Paul Simonon
    Phil Lynott
     
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    Not sure I like her tone that much, or that the bass is just predominant in the mix... but Kim Deal's bass work on the Pixie's catalog is good in my opinion. "Hey" is a good example of deep bass tone I like.
     
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    Tony Levin.

    Man oh man.

    ;)

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    Tone, Dee Murray with Elton John.

    Not necessarily my favorite player but tone that is perfect for the tune.

    Most of my favorite players have been mentioned
    Macca
    Lake
    Cornick
    Dunn

    And one from left field, Putter Smith ( played with John Mayall for a while ) always in the pocket and never played an unnecessary note

    Plenty of great players named but many don't ring my bells, you could add the gorgeous Tal Wilkenfield into this category, stunning player but not my style
     
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    There are so many but Jimmy Haslip on the song Dewey by the Yellowjackets came to my mind. And Jaco of course, but his sound has been so widely copied it’s lost it’s impact. Tony Levin is another great sounding player.
     
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    I've always enjoyed Charlie McCoy's sound on Bob Dylan's John Wesley Harding and Rob Stoner's on the Rolling Thunder recordings. Big +1 for Carl Radle too.
     
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    Alejhandra Villarreal from a 3 piece Mexican Sister band called The Warning. Haven’t heard of them yet? You soon will. She plays a Spector Bass through an old Ampeg. Very young, and only going to get better.. failing that Geddy Lee!

     
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