10 Most Iconic Basses in Rock 'n' Roll History

Lemmy Kilmister
Lemmy Kilmister
Chad Sengstock

Everyone knows that guitars are the heart and soul of rock 'n' roll, but it's the bass that plays the unsung hero. Without a solid rhythm section, there's nothing to carry the song along as the guitar takes off into solos and scales.

Basses are important too, so here are 10 of the most iconic ones in rock history.

See also: The 10 Most Iconic Guitars in Rock'N'Roll History

10. 12-String Hamer Bass - Tom Peterson

When you get right down to it, there's actually nothing that exciting about the Cheap Trick bassist's signature instrument. Much like how there was no need for the seemingly endless amount of necks they were willing to throw on guitars, this is just more strings on a relatively bass-ic piece of gear. That said, it's still one of the only 12-string basses, so it counts.

9. Space Bass - Bootsy Collins

Alright, Bootsy Collins might not exactly be "rock 'n' roll," but how could his special bass get left off the list? It's a shiny star-shaped bass that was so cool it was once stolen from the funky artist himself. Collins can still lay down some great bass lines without the eccentric tool, but who would really want him to?

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