Reader Spotlight: Roger McLachlan

Roger McLachlan

Meet Roger McLachlan, an accomplished bassist of 55 years. Roger is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next). Here’s his story…


Born In Riverton, NZ, into a musical family, I came to Australia in 1974 to tour with Godspell.

I was a founding member of the original Little River Band in 1975 and recorded the first two Gold and Platinum albums with them.

I joined “Stars” 1977 Gold record for “Paradise” which we reformed in 2018 with follow-up albums.

I formed a Jazz fusion band, “Pyramid,” and performed at the famous Montreux Jazz Festival in 1983.

I’ve performed multiple sessions with various artists, including movie scores, TV, and radio jingles.


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Years experience:

55 years

Why I play the bass:

Probably The Beatles. I was born into a musical family and was playing piano, ukulele, and guitar by age 10. My father bought me my first bass (Hofner) when I was 12.


42 basses and guitars and counting.

Some really old Fender Jazz basses: a 64 L-series, 73 sunburst Jazz maple fingerboard (my first jazz bass, which is now fretless). I’ve been endorsing Warwick Basses since 1988. My 1989 JD 5-string NT Thumb bass has been my go-to bass for 30 years or more. I have many more Warwick basses, a 5-string Thumb fretless, Alien Fretless, Custom shop 5-string Thumb with Kahler whammy bar, as well as a Burns Bison, Hofner Club, Sire Jazz bass, Spector 4-string. A few Jaguar Basses, Mustang, And a bunch more Fender/Squier Bass of varying models and colors.

My go-to Warwick Quad6 amps x2, Various cabs: 4×10″ 2×12″ 1×12″ 4x 8″ 2×12″ Warwick CL combo, Markbass 1×15″ combo. I have a pedalboard with a Compressor, Autofilter, Chorus, Pitch shifter, Distortion, Bass Wah, and Strymon Timeline.

My Influences:

Paul McCartney, Roger Glover, Jack Bruce, John Entwistle, Larry Graham, Stanley Clark, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

I played fretless bass on John Farnham’s worldwide hit, “You’re The Voice.”

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