A compilation of basses played by Randy Meisner throughout his career. Listed alphabetically.
The earliest photos of Randy playing bass show him playing a Fender Jazz
In the photos below, Randy is playing the same Fender Jazz twenty-five years apart (note the scratches above the pickguard).
He is playing a different Fender Jazz below with a maple fingerboard and black block inlays.
Randy had this black Fender Jazz custom-made to be more lightweight.
1959 Gold Fender Precision
Randy purchased this bass in the mid-late-60s and it became his go-to bass for the next several years.
In 1971, he added an anti-war sticker to the left of the pickguard.
In 2014, Randy’s gold Fender was displayed in the Grammy museum during their exhibit: The Sounds Of Laurel Canyon: 1965-1977.
Below: A selection of other Fender Precisions played by Randy.
Randy played this bass during the Eagles’ tour of Australia and Japan in 1976.
Epiphone Viola Bass
(manufactured by Gibson)
Randy played two different red Hagstroms. The instrument on the left has a white plate over the knobs and switches.
In 2003, Randy recalled that when he was with his ’60s band The Poor, he traded his Mosrite bass for a Hofner:
“I’d very unwisely traded my Mosrite bass for a Hofner violin bass because it ‘looked cooler’…big mistake!…what a horrible instrument, respect to Paul McCartney for being able to play it at all!“
I couldn’t locate a photo of Randy playing a Mosrite.
MUSIC MAN STINGRAY
Manufactured in 1976, Randy played this bass with the distinctive oval pickguard throughout the Fall leg of the Eagles’ 1976 tour.
For most of the Eagles’ 1977 Hotel California tour, Randy played a mapleglo Rickenbacker 4001.
Randy tuning and playing what appears to be a white Rickenbacker 3001, during a soundcheck at the Capital Centre in Largo, MD, March 21st, 1977.