Best Rickenbacker Bass Players

Since I created the Top Ten Rickenbacker Guitar Players list, I figured it would also be worth my while to chart the best Rickenbacker bass players.

The Top Ten

1 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.

Throughout the 1970s, Geddy frequently used Rickenbacker basses. He also played a Rickenbacker 4080 double-neck (bass and guitar), which he used for "A Passage to Bangkok" and "Xanadu". - Gg2000

2 Chris Squire Chris Squire Christopher Russell Edward Squire was an English musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known as the bassist and founding member of the progressive rock band Yes.

One of the most prominent Rickenbacker bass players, Chris Squire created his own distinct "growly" tone and became regarded as one of the world's greatest bass players. - Gg2000

3 Lemmy Lemmy Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

Lemmy was another frequent Rickenbacker player. He played his bass with lots of overdrive and aggressive picking, creating his own signature sound. - Gg2000

4 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.

Cliff frequently used a modified Rickenbacker 4001 bass while on tour with Metallica. - Gg2000

5 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 McCartney got a left-handed Rickenbacker 4001 in 1965 when Rickenbacker gave John, Paul, and George their own instruments. He gave his bass a psychedelic paint job, used it on Revolver and Sgt. Pepper, and can be seen with it in the "Magical Mystery Tour" film and the "Hello, Goodbye" music video. Paul continued to use Rickenbacker basses in the 70s during his time with Wings. - Gg2000

6 Roger Glover Roger Glover Roger David Glover is a British bassist, songwriter, and record producer. Glover is best known as the bassist for hard rock bands Deep Purple and Rainbow.

Roger Glover used a 4001 in the 70s during his original time with Deep Purple- he modified one of the pickups in his bass. - Gg2000

7 Mike Rutherford

Since Mike played both bass and guitar on a regular basis in Genesis (sometimes within the same song! ), I will allow him to appear on both the bass and guitar list. He is also very famous for using the Rickenbacker 4080, which allows him to switch between bass and 12-string guitar. - Gg2000

8 Bruce Foxton

Bruce Foxton was the bass player for The Jam. He and Paul Weller were both known for using Rickenbackers, and Bruce used the bass for its trebly sound. - Gg2000

9 Pete Quaife

The original bassist for The Kinks. Pete Quaife was one of the first British bass players to use the Rickenbacker 4001. - Gg2000

10 Paul Wilson

Bassist for Snow Patrol. He frequently uses a left-handed Rickenbacker 4000 bass. - Gg2000

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