#1
This isnt meant to be a flame guitarst who try to play bass thread. Just wonderin if you know any ppl who have done it and who do you think has done it the best.

Hansai from BG and Dio were both singers who did bass on the side.
Chuck S. was pretty solid on the early death albums. Same with Joel G from Toxic Holocaust.

Any other notable ones?
#2
Well; I once heard about a singer/guitarist/pianist who got forced into playing bass because his band's bassist quit. Some guy named Paul McCartney. As I recall, he was pretty good

EDIT: I have read in a number of interviews Stanley Clarke claiming that he is a drummer first and a bassist second. It seems to have worked out for him, too.
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If thats how Stanley play his 2nd instrument imagine him on drums. Wow.


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#7
A drummer being good at bass ins't that far-fetched; I mean, the two are basically married to each other.
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#9
I think Scott Reeder was a drummer first, he's a bloody immense bass player though.
#10
John Paul Jones was a pianist / organ player originally
John Entwistle played the horn
Flea started as a trumpet player
Geezer as already mentioned

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I think Scott Reeder was a drummer first, he's a bloody immense bass player though.


There's another guy called Scott Reeder who drums for Fu Manchu. I don't know if bass ist Scott Reeder played drums or not.
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#12
Noel Redding was a guitarist before he was asked to join up with Hendrix as a bass player.
#13
Jesse Lacey of Brand New (way different genre than most the stuff yall are talking about ha) played bass to begin with, and played bass on the first Taking Back Sunday EP till he split and became the singer songwriter type. Glad he did, mans an amazing lyricist, his talent would be wasted be the bassist of TBS
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There's another guy called Scott Reeder who drums for Fu Manchu. I don't know if bass ist Scott Reeder played drums or not.


Small world it seems considering how the two Scott's bands are quite close.
I can't find a source saying that Kyuss' Scott Reeder played drums first but I vaguely remember reading about it, he also played drums (and everything else) in his solo album.
#15
Lemmy Kilmister only started playing bass in Motorhead, but he doesn't exactly play in a very bass-y approach.
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#17
^ thats funny

Jack White plays bass on Beck's Guerro album for the song Go It Alone
and it sounds pretty dang sweet
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Noel Redding was a guitarist before he was asked to join up with Hendrix as a bass player.


And Jimi played bass on a lot of the early recordings.
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Lemmy Kilmister only started playing bass in Motorhead, but he doesn't exactly play in a very bass-y approach.
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He played bass in Hawkwind prior to that.
#20
^ He did only start playing there though. I'm mostly drunk when I hear of stuff like that. Details get lost sometimes
#21
Jim James, guitarist and singer from MMJ plays bass with Bright Eyes sometimes and in Monsters of Folk
#22
Mic Todd (ex-Coheed, sad times) was a guitarist first, as was Greg MacPherson (InMe, Centiment). Dragonforce's Fred LeCerque is a guitarist and keyboardist, rather than a bassist. I'm pretty certain that Mark Hoppus and Pete Wetz only started playing bass when they joined their respective bands.
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Most people don't know that Ronnie James Dio used to play bass in Elf before he started strictly singing. Blitz Ellsworth of Overkill used to be a bassist as well. If I recall, Dragonforce's bass player used to be a guitarist... But i'm not sure
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Roger Waters is another example.

He's an example of a non-bassist bassist with beautiful tone, but that isn't really anything special otherwise. I mean, Gilmour played the fretless parts in Hey You and Pigs (And drums for Pink Floyd a bit, but that's another story).

How could I forget! Chris Wolstenholme, the bassist for Muse, was originally a drummer until Matt and Dom asked him to play bass in the band.
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#26
I read somewhere Duff McKagan started on drums then moved to guitar before being in GnR as the bassist
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#27
If I remember it right, Zakk Wylde did the bass himself on the first couple Black Label Society albums, I thought he did it pretty good.
And there's Brendon Small from Dethklok who has done the bass on the studio recordings. Pretty good, but it's pushed back pretty far in the mix.
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He's an example of a non-bassist bassist with beautiful tone, but that isn't really anything special otherwise. I mean, Gilmour played the fretless parts in Hey You and Pigs (And drums for Pink Floyd a bit, but that's another story).

How could I forget! Chris Wolstenholme, the bassist for Muse, was originally a drummer until Matt and Dom asked him to play bass in the band.

Roger may not be fantastically talented, but a lot of the earlier Floyd material, Piper through to Meddle, has some really cool improv stuff. Even after, he did record most of the bass parts from Dark Side onwards and even though they may not be difficult, they fit the songs perfectly. Great Gig in the Sky, for example. I think Roger Waters is the perfect example of a bassist who may be technically limited, but plays beautifully within those limitations.
#31
IT can only help you become a better bassist by learning to play guitar. And the vice versa, understanding where bass fits in helps you become a better guitarist.

I know cause i started out on bass and now im playing guitar, learning more than one instrument makes you a better all around musician. I think its better to be a musician than a "bassist" or a "guitarist"

If i remember right, Jimmy Page was both a guitarist and a bassist so was John Paul Jones, who was arguably the more musically diversed of the two
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#32
^ I dont know about guitar but John Paul Jones also plays keys and mandolin.
Jimmy Page plays some mandolin as well
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Roger may not be fantastically talented, but a lot of the earlier Floyd material, Piper through to Meddle, has some really cool improv stuff. Even after, he did record most of the bass parts from Dark Side onwards and even though they may not be difficult, they fit the songs perfectly. Great Gig in the Sky, for example. I think Roger Waters is the perfect example of a bassist who may be technically limited, but plays beautifully within those limitations.

I agree that he does a great job, I was just saying he's not as skilled as would be fitting for some of their music.
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Jesse Lacey of Brand New (way different genre than most the stuff yall are talking about ha) played bass to begin with, and played bass on the first Taking Back Sunday EP till he split and became the singer songwriter type. Glad he did, mans an amazing lyricist, his talent would be wasted be the bassist of TBS


Mike Lewis, the second guitarist for Lostprophets, started out on bass as well.
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