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Rewind: Lemmy’s Start on Bass, Prince on the Bass, Best Bass Gear, Videos and More

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of December 12 – 18, 2010.

Prince: Getting Wild with the Bass

1. Prince: Getting Wild with the Bass

Prince (yes, Prince) straps on a bass for some Larry Graham/Bootsy Collins inspired-playing for his tune “Get Wild.” This was filmed live at The White Room UK in 1994.

Top 10: The Best Bass Gear (November 2010)

2. Top 10: The Best Bass Gear (November 2010)

No Treble readers spent a lot of time reading about new bass gear in November (maybe making their holiday wishlists?) Here are the ten most popular new gear stories on No Treble for November, 2010. 1. Luthman Introduces Jazzette Bass Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Fender Jazz bass, Luthman has released the Jazzette…

Fretboard Knowledge

3. Fretboard Knowledge

Q: I have wanted to really get to know the fretboard inside out for a long time but have always struggled with visualizing a scale or the notes of a chord over the full range of my instrument. So I often find I’m playing in the same familiar patterns and am not really able to…

Gear Watch: Seymour Duncan Liberator Solderless Pickup Change System

4. Gear Watch: Seymour Duncan Liberator Solderless Pickup Change System

Seymour Duncan has introduced the Liberator, a new, universal solderless pickup change system for bass and guitar. The unit is a bare-wire lockdown system with a volume pot, and works with virtually all passive pickups. With the Liberator installed, changing pickups only requires a mini screwdriver. The process of installing new pickups with Liberator is…

Lemmy Reveals How He Started Playing Bass

5. Lemmy Reveals How He Started Playing Bass

In a recent interview with the Quietus, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister revealed how he got his start on bass. Though he was originally a guitar player, a chance opportunity came up with the band Hawkwind after their bassist no-showed. ”I was mediocre at guitar,” Lemmy explained. “I couldn’t play lead to save my life, or…

Gear Watch: Eden Electronics Releases WTDI Pedal

6. Gear Watch: Eden Electronics Releases WTDI Pedal

Eden Electronics has released the WTDI pedal, a beefed up direct box/preamp fit into a 4.75”x 2”x3.5” package. The pedal features true bypass and both 1/4” and XLR outputs that allow you to go into a PA as well as directly into the power amp section of a rig. The design also lets you use…

Jamiroquai: Love Foolosophy (Live)

7. Jamiroquai: Love Foolosophy (Live)

I only have two words for this video: Funk Ay. This is Jamiroquai performing “Love Foolosophy” live at Abbey Road. Paul Turner is the bassist laying down the funky lines.

Player Spotlight: Brandon Puckett

8. Player Spotlight: Brandon Puckett

Meet Brandon Puckett, a bassist from Linton, Indiana, and our player in the spotlight for December 14, 2010. Bio: I grew up in a small town in Southern Indiana, where at the age of 10 started playing bass. We didn’t have a lot to do living out in a rural area, so also having the…

Mosh Potatoes: The Heaviest Cookbook Ever

9. Mosh Potatoes: The Heaviest Cookbook Ever

A new cookbook entitled Mosh Potatoes features 150 recipes from the kings of heavy metal, including Zakk Wylde, Guns & Roses, Lamb of God, Moth Eater, Shadows Fall, Anthrax, Testament, Overkill, Pantera and more. Penned by Steve “Buckshot” Seabury, the 272-page book also includes photos and anecdotes from the musicians. Our favorite bassist recipes include…

Hadrien Feraud: Opus Pocus

10. Hadrien Feraud: Opus Pocus

As a boy, Hadrien Feraud started out on drums, until he heard Jaco Pastorius’s The Birthday Concert. From that moment, he was a bassist. His fascination with Jaco was just the start, and Hadrien became a notable bassist himself within a few years. Here’s Hadrien performing Jaco’s “Opus Pocus” live in Paris, in 2007.