“I had like a bass drug deal”: Keanu Reeves recalls buying his first-ever bass guitar… from a stranger in the parking lot of a Guitar Center

Keanu Reeves
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Fans of Keanu Reeves will know that he’s not just a Hollywood legend – he’s also a bass guitar enthusiast and fully fledged member of the recently revived alt-rock trio, Dogstar.

Much like his fellow actors Jason Mamoa, Ryan Gosling and Johnny Depp (and, indeed, all the other Hollywood stars who play the bass) the Matrix icon has a passion for all-things-bass, and can be regularly seen picking up his Fender Precision Bass.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.