Top 10 Best Bass Guitars

There 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

1 Fender Precision Bass (P Bass)

The first good bass ever made. It hasn't changed since 1957 for a reason: it's perfect.

Black sabbath first album

2 Fat-Style Gibson Ripper

Mike Dirnt of Green Day used it on "Dookie".

Krist Novoselic used a natural one on Nevermind. 'enough said.

3 Rickenbacker 4001/3

The BEST bass, hands down! I also love the Jazz Bass!

Best prog rock bass hands down

Classic design and sound.

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4 Gibson G3

Innovative and cool. I prefer the black-pickup version, but the clear pickups are good too. Plus, this is the Green Day bass.

No other bass like it

5 Fender Jazz Bass (J Bass)

A Guitar is a matter of personal choice, sounds and tones are also special to each piece of Music,
The Fender Jazz ( Pre 75) is capable of producing such a wide range and therefore my my favourite and the Best..
Ian Pittwood

"The Fender Jazz Bass has got to be one of the most perfect things ever designed by man."
- Guy Pratt

Bright and perfect for slap.

I wish this was #1

6 Fender Tele Bass (T bass)

Thumpy single-coil predecessor to the P bass.

Thumpy precursor to the normal P bass.

7 Spector NS-2

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'.

8 Musicman Stingray

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.

Simply the best. Super smooth to play. Nice spacing. Beautiful tone.

You feel the quality the moment you pick it up.

Born to be slapped

9 Gibson RD Artist

Slap on some roundwounds and you won't find a brighter bass.

10 Gibson Thunderbird

The weapon of choice for John Entwistle

The Contenders

11 Hofner Violin Bass

The bass behind the Beatles.

12 Gibson Ripper
13 Rickenbacker 4004L
14 Yamaha TRBX
15 Ibanez SRFF805 Fanned-fret
16 Wal MK series
17 Mayones Prestige Classic 5
18 Jens Ritter Roya
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