Best Bass Guitars Ever

adfairhurst
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) Fender Precision Bass (P Bass)

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

Black sabbath first album

2 Fat-Style Gibson Ripper Fat-Style Gibson Ripper

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

3 Gibson G3 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. - adfairhurst

No other bass like it

4 Rickenbacker 4001/3 Rickenbacker 4001/3

Classic design and sound. - adfairhurst

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

Best prog rock bass hands down

ACTION GRIND GRUNT

5 Fender Jazz Bass (J Bass)

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...

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

6 Spector NS-2 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'. - adfairhurst

7 Fender Tele Bass (T bass) Fender Tele Bass (T bass)

Thumpy precursor to the normal P bass. - adfairhurst

Thumpy single-coil predecessor to the P bass. - adfairhurst

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.

Born to be slapped - adfairhurst

9 Gibson RD Artist Gibson RD Artist

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

10 Gibson Thunderbird Gibson Thunderbird

The weapon of choice for John Entwistle - adfairhurst

The Contenders

11 Hofner Violin Bass

The bass behind the Beatles. - adfairhurst

12 Gibson Ripper
13 Rickenbacker 4004L
14 Ibanez SRFF805 Fanned-fret
15 Wal MK series
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