Best bass guitars for rock 2024: rock 'n' roll basses from Fender, MusicMan, Sire and more

When imagining the classic rock band lineup, it’s impossible not to think about the bass guitar. It’s synonymous with the genre, and for good reason. The electric bass guitar arrived at the dawn of rock 'n’ roll and has been integral ever since – and we've hand-selected what we believe are the bass guitars for rock right now so you can get in on the action.  

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Connor Godfrey

Connor is a contributor to Guitar World and MusicRadar. Having been a guitarist since the age of 10, he's played bass and guitar in bands across the South West of England. He has a background in audio engineering, having worked in some of the UK’s best studios including Rockfield and Invada, and has a passion for recording guitar. He is always keen to discover the greatest gear for capturing tone, be that microphones, audio interfaces or cab simulators.