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, ...read 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 Mike Rutherford
4 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
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.
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 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 ...read 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
7 Chuck Schuldiner
Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner 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 as the "Godfather ...read more.
8 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.
9 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, ...read more.
He is basically a lead singer but he played bass, lead/rhythm guitars (plus piano, drums and keyboards) - Metal_Treasure
10 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
11 John Scofield
12 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.
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
14 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.
He's a bassist but played guitar too - Metal_Treasure
15 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 ...read more.
He played some Bass passages because he was annoyed by Noel Redding - waldo
16 Steve Winwood
Stephen Lawrence "Steve" Winwood is an English musician whose genres include rock, blue-eyed soul, rhythm and blues, blues rock, pop rock, and jazz.
17 Jeff Lynne
On the ELO album 'Zoom' he played guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and cello.
(ELO - Electric Light Orchestra) - Metal_Treasure
18 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 ...read more.
19 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".
20 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
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