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Greatest Bass Guitarists?


It has probably already been done, but what do you guys think?
I've always liked Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce, James Jamerson, Flea, etc...
Who do you guys think is the best?
July 24, 2007 @06:25pm

Victor Wooten. I saw him live in a Bela Fleck concert, and W O W.....he is amazing.
July 24, 2007 @07:39pm
bob anderson

vctor get's my 100 vote.. i like geddy but his music is a bit "you have to choose it".. HE WON BEST BASS PLAYER SO MANY TIMES HE CREATERD THE HAWL OF FME
July 25, 2007 @10:58am
bob anderson

I had excellent chance to hang out with victor.... he slept over a few nights when we first met in 92... he made memories with my daughter.... I wish we still kept up.. but my bass playing has become sad.
July 25, 2007 @11:07am

True, Wooten is a great bassist. Just not really my type of music I suppose.
There are actually an incredible amount of talented jazz bassists, but I don't listen to much jazz. I mainly listen/write rock music, but when I do listen to some of the great jazz bassists, they really do blow away a lot of the rock bassists.
Can't say that I'm a Geddy fan though. He's good, but I think that there are quite a few better rock bassists.
July 25, 2007 @03:55pm

dUg Pinnick
August 6, 2007 @04:51pm

The bass player for Necrophagist is amazing. I can't remember his name though. John Paul Jones is good too.
August 26, 2007 @04:07am

Vic Wooten, Bootsy collins. Marcus Miller, Flea, Geddy Lee, Roger Waters, John Paul Jones, Jack Cassady, Muzz Skillings, Les Claypool.
Not in any pirticular order.
September 1, 2007 @11:41pm

Cliff Burton (R.I.P)
September 11, 2007 @09:32pm
tim clough

ron carter. phil lesh.
September 18, 2007 @06:32pm

Jaco Pastorius (RIP)
Stanley Clark
Greg Lake
November 3, 2007 @06:51am

Carol Kaye
Stanley Clark
Victor Wooten
Tina Waymouth
did I say Carol Kaye, oh yes I did.
December 25, 2007 @07:04am

David 'Rook' Goldflies, Lamar Williams, Oteil Burbridge & Berry Oakley and Leon Wilkeson
December 30, 2007 @03:33pm

Tony Levin, Will Lee.
December 30, 2007 @05:45pm
Ed Belknap

"greatest" in what sense?
most famous?
most prolific?
largest in girth?
most admirable work ethic?
December 31, 2007 @03:36pm