Top 10 Best Bass GuitarsThere are many different bass guitars, and here we can vote for our favourites. (Mine is a tie between the 1974 fat-style Gibson Ripper and black-pickup style Gibson G3.) Fender Jazz and Precision will probably win, but who knows? I've added a few to get you started. By the way, if a bass has had dramatic design changes (like the Ripper's body changing, or the P bass going from single coil to split coil) it counts as a new bass. Vote away!
The Top Ten
The first good bass ever made. It hasn't changed since 1957 for a reason: it's perfect. - adfairhurst
Black sabbath first album
Mike Dirnt of Green Day used it on "Dookie".
Krist Novoselic used a natural one on Nevermind. 'enough said. - adfairhurst
Best prog rock bass hands down
ACTION GRIND GRUNT
Classic design and sound. - adfairhurst
Innovative and cool. I prefer the black-pickup version, but the clear pickups are good too. Plus, this is the Green Day bass. - adfairhurst
No other bass like it
I wish this was #1
Bright and perfect for slap. - adfairhurst
"The Fender Jazz Bass has got to be one of the most perfect things ever designed by man."
- Guy Pratt
Jaco wouldn't be wrong...
Thumpy precursor to the normal P bass. - adfairhurst
Thumpy single-coil predecessor to the P bass. - adfairhurst
You feel the quality the moment you pick it up.
Simply the best. Super smooth to play. Nice spacing. Beautiful tone.
I've owned and played 'em all. The absolute best Rock bass is the Stingray. No bass on the planet has more teeth than this monster! I also love Jazz and P basses but if I only played one guitar for the rest of my life my Music Man would win hands down.
Born to be slapped - adfairhurst
At one time, the biggest complaints some bassists had with the Spector bass was weight (full maple which indeed is a very dense tone wood, then coupled with a brass bridge. The other common complaint was that the brightness tone from the maple combined with active EMG pickups produced an aggressive tone. It is no wonder that the vast majority of bass players back in the day found the aggressive tone as a positive because the music style they were playing were more or less was also aggressive. Fast forward to today and Spector now offers more options to choose from. including various price points as well as choice of tone woods, pickups, preamps as well as body. So with these additional options, players who were having issues with the weight and/or aggressive tone now have many options to choose from!
Mike Starr from AiC used one on the seminal album 'Dirt'. - adfairhurst
Slap on some roundwounds and you won't find a brighter bass. - adfairhurst
The bass behind the Beatles. - adfairhurst
The weapon of choice for John Entwistle - adfairhurst