“When Jimmy Page first saw my 8-string rig, he said, ‘I’m not playing to that!’” John Paul Jones on his 10 greatest Led Zeppelin moments

John Paul Jones live on stage at Download Festival, June 11, 2010, Donington Park.
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Few non-bassists hear the name Led Zeppelin and immediately think of John Paul Jones. But with his seemingly bottomless skill set, Jones was the ultimate addition to what is argued to be the most influential rock band of all time.

Armed with years of experience as a session bassist and arranger – having worked with the Yardbirds, Dusty Springfield, the Rolling Stones, and Jeff Beck – Jones brought an ear for experimentation, folding keyboards, mandolin, and much more into Led Zep’s potent brew of blues, folk, rockabilly, and hard rock.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.