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Old 06-23-2014, 11:26 AM   #1
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notable guitarists that are decent bassists

are there any famous guitar players that are proficient in bass? I heard jimi hendrix played and wrote a lot of his basslines.

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Old 06-23-2014, 11:47 AM   #2
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:48 AM   #3
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George Harrison played some nice basslines when Macca was on lead guitar.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:06 PM   #4
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Guthrie Govan, he does session bass work. I'm just going to have to assume he's really fucking good.
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If you listen to the Stones Keith Richards played bass on several of their songs. Live With Me for example. And then a couple of things off Exile on Main Street and Goat's Head Soup I believe.
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Yeah Mitch Mitchell started out as a guitarist too and only played Bass for Jimi as he was told that was the only job going. A lot of guys double on guitar and bass like you would on saxes.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:32 PM   #7
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Yeah Mitch Mitchell started out as a guitarist too and only played Bass for Jimi as he was told that was the only job going. A lot of guys double on guitar and bass like you would on saxes.


I thought that was Noel Redding who was audition for guitar for the Animals and ended up as bass for Hendrix because Hendrix liked his hairstyle
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Billy corgan.im sure he wrote the basslines in all their early albums.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:11 PM   #11
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Tom Scholz of Boston. He wrote and played all of the bass parts on all of Boston's albums, and the stuff on the first album (and pretty much the other albums, too) is right up there with the best of the bass players.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:48 PM   #12
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Yeah Mitch Mitchell started out as a guitarist too and only played Bass for Jimi as he was told that was the only job going. A lot of guys double on guitar and bass like you would on saxes.


Mitch Mitchell plays drums - you're thinking of Noel Redding.

Ben Kenney of Incubus is first and foremost a guitar player - though I haven't heard any of his stuff.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:10 PM   #13
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Hendrix actually played bass on quite a few of the recordings prior to the Band of Gypsies era.

I've seen Josh Homme play bass live and in videos and he's fairly competent.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:16 PM   #14
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Here's Jack White playing bass also, quite enjoy this performance.

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Old 06-27-2014, 07:52 AM   #15
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Steve Vai records bass tracks for his songs in studio (though people like Billy Sheehan and Stu Hamm have also recorded bass tracks for him). And I'm pretty sure other solo guitarists like Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert have also recorded bass tracks on their albums. Ace Frehley from Kiss recorded bass to many of his songs, same with Paul Stanley - and Gene Simmons sometimes played the guitar. Geezer Butler was originally a guitarist but started playing bass in Black Sabbath. And as somebody mentioned, Noel Redding was also originally a guitarist. I think a lot of bassists in the 50s-60s were actually also guitarists because bass guitar was pretty new instrument back then.

Many guitarists do also play the bass because it's not that hard to learn to play the bass if you can already play the guitar well. I think bassline is an important part of the song so why should only bassists write their own parts to the songs? I mean, many times songwriters know what they are after and write all parts. You can't let everybody write their own parts completely because they may make the song sound way different from what the songwriter was originally after. It's really usual that the bassist writes guitar riffs or melodies. Or guitarist writes bass parts.
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