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BassPlayer 2017-02

BassPlayer 2017-02


COMMUNITY LINK FACE TECH PLAY LEARN C ommunity LOWDOWN Only 100? What did I learn from this issue’s massive undertaking of a cover story? That 100 is a small number! When our VP and general manager, Bill Amstutz, wondered why there wasn’t an authoritative list of the 100 greatest bass players, and asked if we’d ever done one (we hadn’t), our story was in motion. Music isn’t a competition, and no one here is a fan of ranking artists—but lists can be fun and informative, and if it was going to be done, BP had to be the publication do it. Being the ultimate bass nerd, I had little problem coming up with 250 names worthy of consideration. The challenge was whittling down that list within the parameters and criteria we set, and comparing notes with the 12 other colleagues on the selection panel (see the story’s introduction). There are so many genres and sub-genres in music, the choice often became: Well, how can I include my seventh-best fusion or session monster when we have none of the influential players from another idiom/style? To the bass players I voted for who didn’t make this list, you know who you are. To you, the readers, I say: Hit me up at, and let me know where we got it wrong and where we got it right. Let the debating begin! chris jisi DIG MY RIG! My weapons of bass production, from left to right: 2004 Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass (with push/pull mid pot Aguilar OBP-3, Bartolini bright-tone dual-coils, and Rotosound Swing Bass 66 stainless steels), fretless Squier VM (with the original pickups from the Marcus Jazz Bass and DR Strings Neon pinks to commemorate my wife’s battle and victory over breast cancer), Fender ukulele, 2004 MIM Strat with Hendrix reverse-bridge-pickup pickguard, and a Warmoth/Telemann “Musicaster” bass (with a neck from a Japanese full-scale Squier Bullet Bass, an EMG MMTW pickup with stock tone control, and Badass II bridge). I built the Warmoth/Telemann as a kind of tribute to Leo Fender with a bunch of different elements from his designs through the years; it has Ernie Ball Cobalt flats on it right now. And on the floor, my Fender Victor Bailey acoustic/ electric, strung with DR Strings Black Beauties. My amps: TC Electronic BH250 head, Hartke HyDrive 112 1x12 with black painted grille on top of my Avatar SB112 Neo 1x12 (with my old SWR Triad badge), SWR Workingman’s 300 bass head with BBE MaxCom dual-channel compressor and Sonic Maximizer, SWR Hank 8x8, SWR Workingman’s 2x12, another TC Electronic BH250 head, SWR California Blonde combo, and SWR Blonde on Blonde powered extension cab. Pedals by TC Electronic, Markbass, Source Audio, Electro-Harmonix, Radial, DOD, Boss, EBS, Line 6, Ernie Ball, and Morley. —Chris Boggeln Got a rig you think we’d dig? Send a photo and description to 12 / february2017

The Real World Chris Davison Home base Red Bank, NJ Occupation Musician, marine mechanic Gigs The Inversion Circus (instrumental jazz/fusion/hard rock) Basses Ken Smith Design Burner 6 Deluxe (my go-to bass), custom 6-string and J-style bass that I built, Agile (Brice) HXB 406, Alvarez AEB6 6-string, Dean EAB 4-string, Fender Precision Rig Carvin B2000 head, Carvin BRX 10.4 cab Effects dbx 266xs compressor, Alesis Microverb 4 (with RFX wireless controller) MidiBuddy MP128P, Korg Pitchblack rackmount tuner, LiveWire PC1100, Morley Little Alligator volume pedal, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi, Boss AB-2 A/B switch, EBS OctaBass, SKB PS-45 pedalboard Strings, etc. DR Strings Hi-Beams (.030–.130), Comfort Strapp Heroes & inspiration Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Anthony Wellington, Stanley Clarke, Oteil Burbridge, and other amazing players Contact How did you come to play bass? What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? What are your musical goals? A family friend introduced me to Hughie Thomasson (guitarist for the Outlaws and Lynyrd Skynyrd) and opened my eyes to the world of music at age ten. He then gave me my first bass, a Fender Precision which I still have. No matter what, play with passion, and be kind to everyone you meet along the way. Be professional, always, and do exactly what you say you are going to do. To play music I love to play and never stop growing as a player and musician. Introducing Players Circle - Buy Strings, Get Points, Claim Rewards Enter to win 2,500 Players Points by visiting And go to to join today! Court Of Opinion Who are your Top 5 bass players of all time? Victor Wooten: technique. Geddy Lee: multi-tasking. Edgar Meyer: versatility. Renaud Garcia-Fons: flamenco, unique. Cliff Burton: a huge talent stopped. —Daniel Camargo Geddy Lee, Bernard Edwards, John Taylor, Tina Weymouth, Tony Levin. —Nick Simon Capone Clearly I lean toward metal/rock bassists, but: Steve Harris, Cliff Burton, Alex Webster, Geezer Butler, Robert Trujillo. —Charles Teague Mick Karn, Burke Shelley (Budgie), Michael Manring, TONY FREAKING LEVIN, Avishai Cohen. —David Bole Doug Rauch, John Gustafson, Chris Squire, Ray Shulman, Scott Thunes. —Pekka Rant Paul Jackson, Jerry Jemmott, Wilton Felder, Gary King, George Murray. All incredible feel players with fat Fender sounds. —Rory Heagney Donald “Duck” Dunn, Chuck Rainey, Tony Levin, Nick Beggs, Cliff Burton. Jaco goes without saying, so he doesn’t count. —Eloy Romero Anthony Jackson, Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Earl, Skúli Sverrisson, and Carles Benavent. —Mauricio Negrón Oyarzo Norman Watt-Roy, Flea, Geddy Lee, John Entwistle, Bruce Foxton. If you’re not from the U.K., you may have to look a couple of these up, but you won’t be disappointed. —Alaistar Keen James Jamerson, Graham Maby, Mike Watt, Robbie Shakespeare, Bill Laswell. —Aaron Hutzel Alex Webster, Cliff Burton, Derek Boyer, Jeff Hughell, Erlend Caspersen. And Les Claypool and Victor Wooten. —Tom Swinnen Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, Tal Wilkenfield, Les Claypool, Flea. —Laura LaBranche / february2017 13

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