Steve Swallow

Steve Swallow Playing (1981)

One of the first upright players who switched to electric bass.


His 5-string guitars are in the relatively peculiar EADGC tuning (i.e. a high C instead of a low B), to ease his chordal work.

Tone / technique

He’s been using pick since the very first moment he switched from upright, due to tonal preference.

Swallow’s tone differs between the years, but one thing is constant - he relies a lot on the highs to achieve a gentle and melodic sound, which cuts through the mix. Sometimes he hits the string harder, which (expectedly) slightly distorts the tone.

Selected tracks

See my Spotify playlist.