Top 10 Musicians Who Have Played Both Guitar and Bass Guitar

The Top Ten

1 Jeff Waters Jeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator. He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos. Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band. Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, more.

A very talented lead and rhythm guitarist who played bass on a whole thrash metal album, that happened to be one of the best metal albums ever (Alice in Hell, 1989).
When 'Alice in Hell' was recorded, Annihilator was a three-piece: they had no bassist so Jeff Waters wrote and recorded all basslines. Bassist Wayne Darley joined the band when the album was finished and he was credited although he didn't perform.
Besides playing bass, lead and rhythm guitars, Jeff Waters produced the album, provided backing vocals and wrote all the songs, with the exception of "Crystal Ann" (a short acoustic instrumental).
I put him at #1 because it isn't easy to play technical thrash metal but he played guitars and bass amazingly. And there were no other guitarists and bassists in the band to play part of what he played. - Metal_Treasure

2 Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

Paul did such a great job playing both guitar and bass in the songs for the Beatles. Interestingly if you hear the Beatles' cover of "Till There Was You", only Paul had his bass plugged into an amp there, so it gives off a cool rhythm to the song.

3 Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck more.
4 Mike Rutherford
5 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.

He plays bass in Hey You - Pink Floyd on a fretless bass I believe. - Userguy44

I think David Gilmour is an extremely talented guitarist. He has an amazing blues sound only he could do. Definitely in the top 3. - JBDBIB_Baerman

What how is David Gilmour not yet on this list. He is basically the best guitarist ever (OK that's subjective but he's definitely top 5) and he played both the guitar parts as well as the bass parts on songs that were difficult to play. - vr46

6 Tom Scholz Donald Thomas "Tom" Scholz is an American rock musician, inventor, engineer, and philanthropist, best known as the founder of the band Boston.

He was a regular guitarist and bassist. I was gonna made a list about it. And he was on top of the list. - zxm

7 Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the more.

Ritchie Blackmore is a great guitarist but he also played bass on official band recordings. Not limited to this example, but he played bass on Rainbow's album 'Long Live Rock 'n' Roll' (1978).
He provided bass for 4 songs: Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, L.A. Connection, The Shed (Subtle), Rainbow Eyes.
Bassist Bob Daisley played 3 songs: Kill the King, Gates of Babylon, Sensitive to Light.
But Ritchie Blackmore also played bass on some rough mix tracks: Kill the King, Sensitive to Light, Lady of the Lake. - Metal_Treasure

8 Jon Oliva John Nicholas Oliva, known as Jon Oliva, is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Co-founder of the metal band Savatage and the rock opera Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He's got a real 4 octave range, able to morph the sound of his voice to any style, from John Lennon and Freddie Mercury, more.

He is basically a lead singer but he played bass, lead/rhythm guitars (plus piano, drums and keyboards) - Metal_Treasure

9 Levon Helm Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm was an American rock 'n' roller, Americana musician, and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and regular lead vocalist for The Band.
10 Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Started out on Bass for The Yardbirds, then took over Lead Guitar when Jeff Beck left the group.

The Contenders

11 Mikael Åkerfeldt Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath for three albums up until 2012. more.

He joined Opeth as a bassist! - Metal_Treasure

12 Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

Prince should be much higher on the list. He was a terrific bassist and guitarist. He was also proficient on a number of other instruments. His Royal Badness was an extremely versatile and well-rounded artist who could do a number of things well and definitely needs some more love on this list. - Eddiej

Prince is unique. There is no other, there will never be another.
His talent transcends this realm. - MrsRobinson

13 John Scofield
14 Roger Waters George Roger Waters is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is mostly known for being the secondary lead vocalist and bassist of Pink Floyd.

He will play both bass and guitar within a whole concert. - Gg2000

15 Paul Gray Paul Dedrick Gray, also known as The Pig or by his number #2, was an American musician, best known as the bassist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal band Slipknot.

rip - EliHbk

He's a bassist but played guitar too - Metal_Treasure

16 Phil Collins Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.

A well known singer and drummer who played guitar and bass (and keyboards) - Metal_Treasure

17 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.

He played some Bass passages because he was annoyed by Noel Redding - waldo

18 Arjen Lucassen Arjen Anthony Lucassen (born 3 April 1960, Netherlands) is a Dutch progressive rock/metal songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist musician and record producer, best known for his long-running progressive opera project Ayreon.
19 Steve Winwood Stephen Lawrence Winwood is an English rock musician whose genres include progressive rock, blue-eyed soul, rhythm and blues, blues rock, pop rock, and jazz.
20 Ronnie Wood

Played bass in the Jeff Beck Group, and he played guitar in the Faces and (of course) The Rolling Stones. - Gg2000

21 Jeff Lynne

On the ELO album 'Zoom' he played guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and cello.
(ELO - Electric Light Orchestra) - Metal_Treasure

22 Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's more.

When did he play guitar? - Userguy44

23 Piotr Wiwczarek Piotr Wiwczarek (also known as Peter) is a Polish guitarist and vocalist who is best known as the frontman for death metal band Vader, where he is the only constant member of the band since its inception.

He started in Vader as a bassist, then became guitarist and vocalist - Metal_Treasure

24 Steffen Kummerer Steffen Kummerer (born June 1, 1985) is a German guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the leader, main songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for the (technical) death metal band Obscura as well as the black metal band Thulcandra.
25 Joan Jett Joan Marie Larkin known professionally by her stage name Joan Jett, is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, preceded by success with The Runaways, including their hit song "Cherry Bomb".
26 Peter Tagtgren Alf Peter Tägtgren is a Swedish musician, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the founder, main songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist of the death metal band Hypocrisy as well as the industrial metal band PAIN in which he is the only member.

Basically a guitarist, but he even played bass for Immortal - Metal_Treasure

27 Bootsy Collins
28 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records more.
29 Mike Dirnt Michael Ryan Pritchard, known professionally as Mike Dirnt, is an American musician best known for being the co-founder, bassist, backing and occasional lead vocalist of the American punk rock band Green Day.
30 Tom Delonge Thomas Matthew "Tom" DeLonge, Jr., is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and film producer. He was born in Poway, California on December 13, 1975. When he was in high school at age 15, he got expelled for drinking at a basketball game. He also used to play the trumpet, more.
31 Rick James Rick James was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, James began his musical career in his teen years in various bands and groups before entering the U.S. Navy to avoid being drafted in the early 1960s.
32 Justin Chancellor Justin Gunnar Walter Chancellor is an English musician formerly in the band Peach but best known as the bass player for rock band Tool. Chancellor is of English and Norwegian descent.
33 Mike Oldfield Michael Gordon Oldfield is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age music.
34 Rob Halford Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.
35 Greg Lake Gregory Stuart Lake was an English bassist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer who gained prominence as a founding member of the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

I'm surprised that Greg Lake never got added. He played both bass and guitar very frequently- and he was great at both of them. - Gg2000

36 Greg Ginn

Played bass on Black Flag's My War and What The? albums under the name Dale Nixon. - THC13

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