Billy Sheehan

Billy Sheehan, the van Halen of bass guitar, has changed the way bass guitar is played, with his “lead bass” playing style, his use of chording, two-handed tapping and controlled feedback.

He has worked with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, and Niacin

Billy Sheehan is voted the “Best Rock Bass Player” 5 times in Guitar Player magazines Readers Poll, for his “lead bass” playing style.

According to Followers: Ice Age, Dali's Dilemma, Spock's Beard, Wayne Gardner, Royal Hunt, John Myung, Stuart Hamm

Gear: Yamaha Attitude Ltd. II.
This is what he has to say about it on his homepage “This is my main bass that I've used on practically every recording and live show for Mr. Big, Niacin, the Talas reunion much much more. It has the Simm's blue LED fret markers installed, and is wired (by myself) slightly different, but other than that, it's a production model NOT a custom shop model. I made a deal with Yamaha that my signature series basses would be the same for the regular customers as the one I played. Many companies give their artist's “special versions” of an instrument, and the ones for sale in the shops are of lesser quality. Yamaha did a spectacular job of maintaining the highest quality instruments for the consumer and myself. I'm proud to endorse the Yamaha basses and happy to be associated with such a wonderful company.”


Billy Sheehan's interview on

Billy Sheehan - Video Bass Guitar Lesson Part 1

Billy Sheehan - Video Bass Guitar Lesson Part 2

- Bass Guitar Lesson Part 3

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