“As a guitarist you can come in after the one without the house falling apart. But as a bass player, you always have to be there”: How Jonas Reingold switched from classical guitar and became Steve Hackett’s go-to bassist

Jonas Reingold plays a Rickenbacker bass
(Image credit: Diana Seifert)

If you’re in the market for a bassist capable of tackling anything from angular post-punk to the Swedish prog rock to the virtuoso smorgasbord of Steve Hackett, you needn’t look further than Jonas Reingold.

He has a masters degree in fine arts and was a busy session player in the ‘90s before forming Karmakanic in 2002, and then joining Hackett’s band in 2019.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.