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Rewind: Tons of Bass Gear, TC Electronic Contest, Awesome Solo Bass Videos and more

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of January 23 – 29, 2011.

Win a TC Electronic BG500

1. Win a TC Electronic BG500

Don’t Miss Out: TC Electronic and No Treble are teaming up for an ultimate gear contest! One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a TC Electronic BG500…

Todd Matthews: Kashmir, the Double Bass, Live Looping Performance

2. Todd Matthews: Kashmir, the Double Bass, Live Looping Performance

Bassist Todd Matthews gets the Led out with his unique double bass arrangement of Led Zeppelin’s tune “Kashmir”.

Gear Watch: Fender Releases American Special Basses and Mark Hoppus Update

3. Gear Watch: Fender Releases American Special Basses and Mark Hoppus Update

Fender has rolled out a few new bass products this year, including the introduction of their bass models into the American Special series and an update to the Mark Hoppus Signature Jazz Bass. The American Special Precision and Jazz basses are built in the U.S. and feature a slim neck profile, high-gloss finish, and the…

Top Ten: The Best Upright Bass Videos

4. Top Ten: The Best Upright Bass Videos

This week, we’re celebrating the upright bass with a look back at the top 10 most viewed upright bass videos on No Treble. 1. Miles Mosley: Voodoo Child It is fitting Miles Mosley chose to cover Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”, since he’s doing a Hendrix-like re-invention of his instrument of choice: the upright…

Gear Watch: F-Bass Alain Caron Classic Bass

5. Gear Watch: F-Bass Alain Caron Classic Bass

F-Bass has released a new Alain Caron signature model, dubbed the AC-Classic. Built to attain an “upright” tone from an electric bass, the instrument features a redwood top, additional chambering, and a floating bridge. Another new development for the series is a natural sounding RMC piezo pickup system that is controlled by master volume, bass…

Ibanez Releases New SR Premium Series Basses

6. Ibanez Releases New SR Premium Series Basses

Ibanez has unveiled a new take on their SR series with four new models. The SR Premium basses are built at Ibanez’s premium factory and all feature USA Nordstrand “Big Single” pickups, a first for any of the company’s basses. Each model also includes their EQB-IIISC 3-band EQ that has a Mid frequency switch and…

Blake Branch: “Raspberry Heaven” Solo Bass Arrangement

7. Blake Branch: “Raspberry Heaven” Solo Bass Arrangement

In response to the NPR Bass Solo contest, bassist Blake Branch submitted his arrangement of “Raspberry Heaven” by Masumi Itō and Yōko Ueno. The tune comes from the anime series “Azumanga Daioh”. Thanks to Alex Kalicinski for sharing this video with us.

Ernie Ball Announces Game Changer Pickup Switching System

8. Ernie Ball Announces Game Changer Pickup Switching System

Ernie Ball/Music Man has unveiled a new patent-pending pickup switching system called the Game Changer that will be available on their Reflex HH bass. By choosing the coils in any order, whether they are in series or parallel, and whether they are in or out of phase, the system allows for 250,000 pickup combinations without…

When the Song Plays Itself

9. When the Song Plays Itself

I just got back from a week spent in a recording studio in Northern California, a singer-songwriter session with Alice DiMicele. The band was absolutely smoking and we tracked 16 tunes in four days (complete with horns). The band included some guys who have been around the block quite a few times and have recorded…

Larry Wilson Street Bass: Voodoo Child

10. Larry Wilson Street Bass: Voodoo Child

In this video, electric bassist Larry Wilson plays his rendition of “Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix. The best part of this video is that Wilson is playing in the New York Subway System, demonstrating that good music can happen anywhere.