Sure, most of the magic conjured by the world’s best players is in their hands, but obviously their gear is a huge deal, too—because they’re still pretty particular about what they play. So take a break from honing your own chops for a bit, and check out what your heroes use to conjure their amazing tones. Who knows, maybe it’ll help you rethink how you approach your music and give you some ideas for how to improve your own rig. Or just sit there and lust after all the cool stuff. Either way works.
Here we’ve compiled our top Rig Rundowns with some of the most badass bass legends on the planet:
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea
Mr. Big's Billy Sheehan
The Mars Volta's Juan Alderete
Cheap Trick's Tom Petersson