Reader Spotlight: Steve Steele

Steve Steele

Meet Steve Steele, a bassist from New York City who seems to be as down to earth as he is funny.

Steve is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next). Here’s his story…


I’m Steve Steele, and yes, that is my REAL name. As an unprofessional bass guitarist since the late eighties, I have successfully avoided any form of international acclaim.


New York City

Years experience:

37 years.

Why I play the bass:

My cousin played one.


  • Fender 79 P Bass, Fender Geddy Lee jazz, Musicman Stingray, Spector Timbre.
  • Squier VM Jazz Fretless.
  • Markbass 6×10 cabinet, Ampeg head.
  • DP3X Dug Pinnick pedal, Boss CE3 Chorus Ensemble, MXR Phase 90 and Boss OC5 Octave

My Influences:

Geddy Lee, Geezer Butler, Guy Pratt, Steve Severin, Jamie Stewart, Bernard Edwards, Justin Chancellor, Sting.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

I’ve written a book about my life as a bassist entitled It’s Only Got Four Strings: Mishaps, Misfires & Misadventures of an Unprofessional Musician. It differs from most rock biographies as I DON’T get rich, famous or end up in rehab, but I have a lot of fun anyway

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