Top 10 Guitarists and Bassists Who Played a Headless Guitar or Bass

Headless design is futuristic, minimalist, odd and a bit scary - it's like there's no head on the guitar and bass necks.

Headless electric guitars and bass guitars were designed and originally manufactured by Ned Steinberger. Steinberger became a brand of distinctive headless instruments. The name Steinberger has been applied to different instruments but it's usually associated with a "headless" design of electric guitars and bass guitars.

I mention where and when these musicians played headless instruments but this isn't a full list of all their songs with the use of Steinberger.

The Top Ten

1 David Gilmour David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.

You can see he plays a headless guitar in a YouTube video titled 'Smoke on the Water with Queen, Pink Floyd, Rush, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, etc.' (by the way this is one of the most incredible cover songs ever).
He also used a Steinberger headless guitar for the recording of Pink Floyd's song 'Sorrow'. Gilmour gave details:
"That very nasty distortion you hear at the beginning of the song is basically the result of the Steinberger going through two little amps in the studio - a Fender Super Champ and a Gallien-Krueger. I use a Boss Heavy Metal distortion pedal and a Boss digital delay pedal, which then goes into the Fender Super Champ. And that in combination with the internal distortion on the Gallien-Krueger was how I got that particular sound." - Metal_Treasure

2 Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

For example, he played a headless bass during the Grace Under Pressure Tour 1984. The full concert is available on YT and you can see it. - Metal_Treasure

3 Eddie Van Halen Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

He used a Steinberger headless guitar at least in these songs (but maybe there are more):
- "Get Up" and "Summer Nights" (from 5150)
- "Fire in the Hole" (from Van Halen III)
- "Me Wise Magic" (from Best of Volume I). - Metal_Treasure

Eddie's AMAZING! - PhoenixAura81

4 Paul Masvidal Paul Masvidal

Amazing guitarist! Its like David Gilmour playing Death Metal, just check out the album 'Focus' by Cynic or even their later records. His playing is phenomenal even in Death's notable record 'Human'. Many Djent bands are also influenced by Cynic/Paul Masvidal. Underreated but totally talented!
~ by, Siddharth.

5 Billy Gibbons Billy Gibbons William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the American rock band ZZ Top.

He played a Teuffel Birdfish guitar (the same or almost the same badass model Kirk Hammett played). - Metal_Treasure

6 Kirk Hammett Kirk Hammett Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

That's so awesome! Kirk is the BEST! - PhoenixAura81

During the World Magnetic tour he used a headless Teuffel Birdfish guitar. It looks so badass. - Metal_Treasure

7 Mark Knopfler Mark Knopfler Mark Freuder Knopfler is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He is best known for being the frontman of the British band Dire Straits.
8 Mike Rutherford Mike Rutherford
9 Brendan Cygnus Brown Brendan Cygnus Brown

In this image you can see how this design looks like.
Brendan is the former Ne Obliviscaris' bassist (2005-2017). This design suits him as well as Ne Obliviscaris' music in general.
As seen in: Ne Obliviscaris - Curator (Official Music Video) - Metal_Treasure

10 Simon Girard Simon Girard

As seen in: Beyond Creation - Earthborn Evolution, Coexistence (official videos).
Actually 3 band members play headless instruments in these videos - both guitarists and the bassist. Only the drummer doesn't, for obvious reasons.
They play technical death metal. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Chris Wolstenholme Chris Wolstenholme Christopher Tony "Chris" Wolstenholme is an English musician. He is the bassist and backing vocalist for the alternative rock band Muse.

He used a headless bass during a live show while playing Uprising. I can't remember the show's name and date. So far as I know. - Userguy44

12 Sting Sting Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the lead singer for the English band The Police

Sting was a guitarist? Did not know that. - PhoenixAura81

13 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.
14 Maurice Gibb Maurice Gibb

Maurice Gibb of Bee Gees played headless bass and guitar - Metal_Treasure

15 Page Hamilton

Page Hamilton of Helmet - Metal_Treasure

16 Tony Lewis

He's the lead singer and bassist for the power trio, The Outfield. He can be seen playing a headless bass in the music video for their 1985 hit "Your Love". - HardRockSam

17 Kevin Chartre Kevin Chartre

Guitarist for Beyond Creation.
Beyond Creation - Earthborn Evolution, Coexistence (official videos). - Metal_Treasure

18 Hugo Doyon-Karout Hugo Doyon-Karout

Bassist for Beyond Creation since 2015.
Beyond Creation - Earthborn Evolution, Coexistence (official videos). - Metal_Treasure

19 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. more.

Mr. Bowie plays one in the music video for "Valentine's Day".

20 Victor Wooten Victor Wooten Victor Lemonte Wooten is an American bass player, composer, author, producer, and recipient of five Grammy Awards.

You can see it in the picture.

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