The ‘Led Zeppelin III’ bassline that wasn't played by John Paul Jones

Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page performing live onstage
(Image credit: Photo by Ian Dickson/Redferns)

It’s hard to believe that Led Zeppelin III was released on this day over half a century ago. As the band transitioned from the hard rock they displayed on their first two records to a softer, acoustic sound, Led Zep III showcased their true versatility. It’s also a firm favourite with Guns N’ Roses bassman Duff McKagan. 

There are no bad basslines in Led Zeppelin. John Paul Jones is amazing.

Duff McKagan

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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.