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  • Ibanez Releases New SR Premium Series Basses

    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... »

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  • Renaud Garcia-Fons: Aqa Jan

    Renaud Garcia-Fons: Aqa Jan

    Words can’t describe the incredible technique and musicianship of Renaud Garcia-Fons. Good thing we have a video! »

  • Ernie Ball Announces Game Changer Pickup Switching System

    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... »

  • Top Ten: The Best Upright Bass Videos

    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... »

  • Larry Wilson Street Bass: Voodoo Child

    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. »

  • Genz-Benz Unveils New Amps at NAMM 2011

    Genz-Benz Unveils New Amps at NAMM 2011

    Genz-Benz unveiled three new amps at the NAMM show, including two in the new Streamliner series and an update to the ShuttleMax line. Sporting a retro look and feel, the Streamliner 900 and 600 amps have straight-ahead controls, allowing players to “focus more on their playing and less on adjusting knobs.” The models feature Class... »

  • When the Song Plays Itself

    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... »

  • Blake Branch: “Raspberry Heaven” Solo Bass Arrangement

    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. »

  • Robert Hurst Releases Unrehurst, Vol. 2

    Robert Hurst Releases Unrehurst, Vol. 2

    Jazz bassist Robert Hurst has released Unrehurst, Vol. 2, a straight-ahead trio album featuring pianist Robert Glasper and drummer Chris Dave. As the names suggests, the CD was recorded in 2007 without any rehearsals at Smoke in New York City, though that’s not how the jazz veteran had planned it. A taped-off crime scene prevented... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Armando Flores

    Reader Spotlight: Armando Flores

    Meet Armando Flores, a bassist from California and our player in the spotlight for January 25, 2011. Bio: My earliest memories of music with my parents listening to 8 track tapes of Disco and Motown while driving along in our Mercury Montego. In the 5th grade I got the crazy notion that I could play... »