A compilation of basses played by Randy Meisner throughout his career. Listed alphabetically.


Fender Jazz

The earliest photos of Randy playing bass show him playing a Fender Jazz

Drivin’ Dynamics. 1961 (Randy is kneeling)
Drivin’ Dynamics, North Platte, NE, 1964

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.

Eagles, Edwardsville, IL, May 25, 1973

Randy had this black Fender Jazz custom-made to be more lightweight.

Poco, Winter Park, CO, July 7, 1990

Fender Precision

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.

Fender Telecaster

Randy played this bass during the Eagles’ tour of Australia and Japan in 1976.



Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band, New York, August 1969

Epiphone Viola Bass

(manufactured by Gibson)

Flip’s, Catalina Island, January 28, 2006


Red Hagstrom

Randy played two different red Hagstroms. The instrument on the left has a white plate over the knobs and switches.

Black Hagstrom




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.


Manufactured in 1976, Randy played this bass with the distinctive oval pickguard throughout the Fall leg of the Eagles’ 1976 tour.


Peavey Foundation

Roberts-Meisner Band, Bozeman, MT, 1987 (Cary Park at right)
Photo: Cary Park


Rickenbacker 4001

For most of the Eagles’ 1977 Hotel California tour, Randy played a mapleglo Rickenbacker 4001.

Rickenbacker 3001

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.

Rickenbacker 3001

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  1. Great work. Nice to see all the basses Randy has played. Just a quick note – the Gibson “SG” model bass is actually called an EB-3 (if it had two pickups). Made famous by the late, great legend Jack Bruce during his time playing with Cream in the 1960s. There was also a single pickup version called the EB-0.

    1. Hi Manny,

      Thanks so much for this information. Could it be an EB-0? The image of Randy playing the bass came from some footage and it’s only shown for a few seconds, plus it’s very dark. But I can only make out one pickup near the head. I don’t see another one unless I’m mistaking it for the bridge.

      Here is the footage. The closeup of Randy’s bass is at 1:44.


      I appreciate your help!

    1. Also, an EB-3 has more knobs (additional Tone & Volume, + rotary pickup selector switch), and those would be visible even in these limited images. So, another vote for EB-O.
      In general, the thing that stuck me is the variety of basses Randy used. Many bass players settle on one and stick with it. It looks like Randy was always searching for something different.

      1. Hi,

        Thanks for commenting.

        Randy did switch around a lot, especially in the ’70s. However, he seemed to always go back to Fenders, especially Fender Precisions. He also had one Fender Jazz that he played for about 30 years (or longer).

  2. I agree, EB-0. You can see when Randy moves his hand up slightly there is no pickup by the bridge, there is only the one pickup by the neck.

      1. Jessica

        Do you know if Randy used his Rickenbacker bass on the actual “Hotel California” album sessions or if he just used it for the tour?

        I know that he likely used his Fender Precision Bass on the first two albums and the black-and-red Hagstrom on “On the Border” and “One of These Nights”, but I’m not sure about his primary bass for the “Hotel California” sessions.

      2. My guess is that he probably didn’t use it for the recording sessions since Hotel California was recorded and released in 1976 and we don’t see Randy with the Rickenbacker until March 1977.

  3. Thanks for your help, Jessica.

    Speaking of the Rickenbacker, an intriguing coincidence is that Randy used three basses that are associated with Sir Paul – not just the Rickenbacker, but also the Höfner 500/1 and the Fender Jazz Bass (Paul used it on much of the White Album).

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