#1
Eeh by gum, seems like I'm doing all the work around here

I present to you: Geezer Butler, of Black Sabbath.



Note: Any ass-kissing in this thread is due to my love of this man. He is what drove me to bass and to this day remains my favourite.

Even by bassist standards, Geezer Butler is a very underrated and undercredited bassists. Similar to John Entwistle, he was somewhat of an innovator using styles and equipment to bring the bass guitar into the spotlight, rather than next to the drummer. He was one of the first bassists to use drop C# tuning and used distortion and wah pedals. To begin with he was a rhythm guitarist but Tony Iommi refused to play with another guitarist so Geezer moved to bass.
Another thing that he is to be credited with is being one of the key founders of metal, not neccessarily in playing style (I hold the view that before Dio Black Sabbath were NOT metal) but in lyrical style and tone. He's fascinated in the occult and a massive hippy so a large proportion of the songs he wrote or co wrote were about war and death etc. The opening track to their debut album is one of the most br00t4l tracks I have heard, even 40 years after it was written.



Equipment and Tone. Geezer has a very agressive style of playing (if you've seen videos of him it looks like he's trying to snap them sometimes) and this coupled with his choice of bass and amp with a hell of a lot of mids makes a very punchy tone that cuts through even Iommi's ego powerful guitar playing. He also play at the neck, hitting the strings on the fretboard and during some recordings you can definately here the Heavy Metal 'clank' that we're all so used to today. He has used a variety of basses over the years, starting with Fender Precisions in first half of the 70s, moving onto basses such as the Dan Armstrong Plexiglass bass when his Precision was lost in customs, custom made John Birch and Jaydee basses, and occasionally Rickenbackers. He kept the same springy, mids heavy tone throughout. He used Laney amps and 4x12 speakers and various custom made amps which I can't find any info on (feel free to contribute )



Nowadays he uses Lakland basses (Joe Osborne and Bob Glaub sigs) and Ampeg amps (SVT-2PRO , SVT-810E) and his tone as just got better and better, look for his work with Heaven and Hell (essentially Black Sabbath still).

Geezer has mainly played with Black Sabbath however he does have a solo career which is incredibly hard to get hold of (at reasonable price) and he worked for Ozzy's solo career on a couple of albums. In my opinion, the Sabbath albums where he was absent are not worth listening to at all.

All info has been gotten from various sites, some reputable, some not. If you think I've got something wrong don't hesitate to tell me.

Edits:1. I can't find a reliable resource on this but I believe he uses flats, hence his tone staying noticeably similar over the years. 2. If you want to argue about my views on Sabbath as metal, PM me. Do not call me out in this thread please
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Last edited by Spaz91 at Aug 3, 2009,
#5
saw heaven and hell on saturday, truly amazing,
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#6
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You're an idiot, Sabbath was way more metal before Dio ruined the band.


I've had this argument a billion times before, I'm not doing it again.

Let's just settle this by saying... reported?
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#8
geezer buttler is amazing! the first time i heard him was on "the devil you know" cd. so many powerfull bass lines, and incredible fills! he´s one of the few bass players that make me pay attention to the rythm instead of the lead in a song.
#10
I do like me a good Sabbath tune. solid guy, that Geezer. why do they call him Geezer?
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#11
This guy is amazing, anyone that has ever heard NIB would probably agree. Not just for his skill, but the fact that he is one of metals first guitarists.
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#13
His tone on Heaven and Hell's new album has to be the single greatest ****ing bass tone I've ever heard.
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I do like me a good Sabbath tune. solid guy, that Geezer. why do they call him Geezer?


The story I have always heard is that when he was a young lad, he went about calling everyone "Geezer" ergo the nickname.

Sabbath along with the Who and Zeppelin played a large part of my formative teenage listening years. Love me some Electric Funeral bass line!
#15
Geezer is the best. When I heard is sound in Sabbath,it pretty much inspired me to want to play bass. Also,probably my largest influence when making my own basslines. Great BPOTM.
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I've spent hours looking for them! They were on youtube all along? I just facepalmed so hard I think I'm bleeding.


Haha. When I first heard about his solo band, that's the first place I checked. Well, better late then never, eh?
#18
excellent! thank you Spaz. i'm moving your desk to the front row.
Geezer was a major influence on my love for the bass. the song Sweet Leaf from the Masters Of Reality album changed my entire outlook on bass. he is on my top 5 of all time list. thanks again.
#22
Geezer is a bloody amazing bass player, I saw Heaven and Hell on saturday, and it was a (ironically) religious experience.

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The story I have always heard is that when he was a young lad, he went about calling everyone "Geezer" ergo the nickname.


He was probly trying to be different! 'Geezer' is a London thing, up in Brum it's 'chap' or 'bloke'. That should probly be the first lesson in speaking Brummie; saying 'Alright, chap?', in that peculiarly chirpy way.

The famous wah pedal is an old Tycobrahe. They haven't been available since the late 70's, but apparently he has a few, and just keeps getting them fixed up.

Anyone else heard the story about him writing 'Fairies Wear Boots' after getting a kicking from some skinheads?
#24
Entwistle is highly regarded as one of the greatest bassists. He has a few solo albums out. If you look or ask around it may seem he has gotten a little over rated. Mostly by people who only know him from songs like Borris the Spider or some other well known song from The Who. Geezer is simply amazing though.
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#27
Good call on Geezer for the BPOTM! Great player who had some very influential bass lines. Fairies Wear Boots has to be one of my favorites, along with a lot of the bluesy tracks from the first album.
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#29
Awesome man! I sw him live with Heaven and Hell last summer (and hoepfully again soon) man what a presence and power he has! One of my favorites!
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He was probly trying to be different! 'Geezer' is a London thing, up in Brum it's 'chap' or 'bloke'. That should probly be the first lesson in speaking Brummie; saying 'Alright, chap?', in that peculiarly chirpy way.


Soo true, although we can change it to Alright Squire sometimes (well I do)

Nice bpotm, Sabbath are pretty sweet, and it's largely due to this mans tone and bass grooviness
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#31
Indeed,Geezer is an amazing bassist.
On the topic of why he played bass,I'd heard that Geezer and Bill Ward (the drummer for all those uneducated about sabbath) had been in another band and that Tony and Ozzy had been playing in another band.The two pairs then decided to form a band and Geezer switched to bass because the band needed a bassist.
The band had been practicing for a week before their first gig and Geezer had been using his Tele tuned down an octave.At the gig he borrowed a bass.This was the first time he had ever played a bass.
When the band recorded their first album,he was using strings that had been boiled down continuously for 18 months and a marshall 4x12 with 3 blown speakers.Not sure how much of that is fact,but dam he gets an amazing tone on the first album.
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Indeed,Geezer is an amazing bassist.
On the topic of why he played bass,I'd heard that Geezer and Bill Ward (the drummer for all those uneducated about sabbath) had been in another band and that Tony and Ozzy had been playing in another band.The two pairs then decided to form a band and Geezer switched to bass because the band needed a bassist.
The band had been practicing for a week before their first gig and Geezer had been using his Tele tuned down an octave.At the gig he borrowed a bass.This was the first time he had ever played a bass.
When the band recorded their first album,he was using strings that had been boiled down continuously for 18 months and a marshall 4x12 with 3 blown speakers.Not sure how much of that is fact,but dam he gets an amazing tone on the first album.


thats very true he said it in bass guitar magazine and I was =0 so effin brootal
#34
Geezer Butler is ******* awesome. His playing on Ozzmosis is best measured on the Richter scale.

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#35
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When the band recorded their first album,he was using strings that had been boiled down continuously for 18 months and a marshall 4x12 with 3 blown speakers.


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he's the most br00t4l vegan ever

Really? Awesome! Nice to know I'm not alone in being metal, a vegan and a bassist.

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#37
NIB Intro = on repeat.

Geezer is amazing!
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