How Chris Squire got his iconic bass tone

Chris Squire
(Image credit: Bob Riha Jr / Getty)

The classic Chris Squire bass tone is best described as ‘clanky’, ‘clacky’, ‘brittle’, ‘hollow’ and so on, but rather than deciphering endless adjectives it’s probably best to listen to Roundabout and marvel at its prominent, treble-loaded tone, delivered with startling picking speed and agility. 

Squire referred to the bass part as “quintessential” with some humour, having been asked about it so many times over the years, but he was right – it perfectly sums up his approach to the bass guitar.

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.