NOFX's Fat Mike: “You can play bass better with a thin pick. Our job, as bass players, is to play whole notes – not sharp ones – and play them smooth”

Fat Mike
(Image credit: Pedro Becerra/Redferns)

Fat Mike isn’t much of a guitar collector, at least not in the traditional sense. Though the much-beloved NOFX bassist-vocalist starts off his Zoom call with Guitar World by listing the minimal clutch of instruments he keeps around the house – including an SG, Jazzmaster, and the Danelectro DC Cooper bass he’s been slinging live for more than 15 years. 

He’s also got an ever-growing stash of other punkers’ six-strings piling up in the Punk Rock Museum he’s been building out in Las Vegas. 

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.