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Rewind: The top ten stories for the week of Feb. 21-27

1. Video: Fretted or fretless? Make it a convertible

From the archives: Our Facebook friend Kirk Dickison shared a video with us featuring this odd, “convertible” bass that allows fast switching between fretted and fretless modes. So we decided to dig around and find out some more.

2. Gear Watch: Gear Watch: Warwick Thumb SC Single Cutaway

Warwick has announced the Thumb SC single cutaway bass. The German made bass, which is their Thumb NT model mixed with a single cutaway design, is tailored towards jazz, funk, and R&B settings.

3. Looping Lesson: Programming the Behringer FCB1010 with Mobius

This is a lesson based around use of the popular Behringer FCB1010 MIDI foot controller surface for hand-free control of the freely available and very capable, Mobius looping software from Jeffrey Larson at Circular Labs.

4. Video: Michel Camilo’s New York Band with Anthony Jackson: Not Yet

Here’s Anthony Jackson, playing along with Michel Camilo’s All Star New York Big Band. The footage comes from the “Live in Altos de Chavón” concert.

5. Player Spotlight: David Baron

Meet David Baron, a bassist from New York, and our player in the spotlight for the week of February 23, 2010.

6. Concerts: Bassist Billy Cox Featured on Experience Hendrix Tribute Tour

The Experience Hendrix Tour will be hitting the road in March featuring a who’s who of rock and blues artists, including bassist Billy Cox, who played with Hendrix in the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Band of Gypsys.

7. Player News: Korn’s Fieldy Puts Finishing Touches On His “Not-So-Heavy” Solo Album

Korn bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu has announced that he is nearing completion on a new solo album, entitled Bassically, which he plans on releasing later this year.

8. Ask Damian Erskine: Gigging with no preparation time?

Damian answers a reader’s question: “How do you prepare for a gig when you have a short amount of time to learn tunes?”

9. What’s Spinning for… Michael Manring

Guest columnist Michael Manring shares the music he’s been listening to lately, and other music that’s inspired him.

10. Review: Let the Games Begin… by Derek Frank

Phil Wain reviews Derek Frank’s new CD, a CD Phil says “is one funky record! It sounds like it was fun to play this music and it’s definitely fun to listen to.”