Top 10 Musicians Who Have Played Both Guitar and Bass Guitar


The Top Ten

1 Jeff Waters 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 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.

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4 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.

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

5 Tom Scholz 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

6 Ritchie Blackmore 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

7 Chuck Schuldiner 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.
8 Levon Helm 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 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

10 Piotr Wiwczarek 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

The Contenders

11 John Scofield
12 Jimmy Page 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.

13 Prince 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

14 Paul Gray 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 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

16 Steve Winwood 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 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.
19 Steffen Kummerer 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.

Obscura guitarist plays the bass for his 2nd band - black metal band Thulcandra - Metal_Treasure

20 Joan Jett 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".
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