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Rewind: Top Bass Looper Videos, New Bass Gear, Les Claypool on Bass Banjo, Plus the Top Columns and Reader Spotlight

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of February 20 – 26, 2011.

Top 10: Best Bass Looper Videos

1. Top 10: Best Bass Looper Videos

This week, we look back at the top 10 most popular bass looper videos all time on No Treble. This list is based on number of views by No Treble readers.

Player Spotlight: Jennifer (Geni) Alania

2. Player Spotlight: Jennifer (Geni) Alania

Meet Jennifer Alania (aka Geni), a bassist from Oakland, Calfornia, by way of South Beach, Florida, and our player in the spotlight for February 22, 2011. We think Geni might have the coolest grandfather in our player spotlight history too…

Hadrien Feraud Band: Rumeurs

3. Hadrien Feraud Band: Rumeurs

Hadrien Feraud has a knack for producing some jaw dropping bass lines and live performances, and this one is no exception. Performing “Rumeurs” from his self-titled album, Hadrien Feraud, Feraud leads his band featuring Eric Moore on drums, Michael Lecoq on keyboards and Renaud Gensane on trumpet…

How To: Adjusting Bass Pickups

4. How To: Adjusting Bass Pickups

Because everyone plays differently and every bass is different – even when comparing two similar models from the same company – there is no black and white rule pertaining to setting your pickup height. That said, this column will walk you through the general principles and techniques of setting up your pickups, and considerations you should make when doing so…

Les Claypool: “Iowan Gal”, Live Bass Banjo Performance

5. Les Claypool: “Iowan Gal”, Live Bass Banjo Performance

Les Claypool rocks the bass banjo on this live performance of “Iowan Gal”, a tune written for his “wonderous, lovely wife”, Chaney Claypool…

AweSome Musical Instruments Release Jazz Bass Hyper-Mod Control Plate

6. AweSome Musical Instruments Release Jazz Bass Hyper-Mod Control Plate

AweSome Musical Instruments has released a new switching control plate made to drop into a standard American Jazz Bass or its equivalent. The JCP-T2 Hyper-Mod Jazz Bass Control Plate utilizes AweSome’s Pickup Tone Multiplier to double the amount of pickup tones available via three switches…

Custom Shop: Ansir Music

7. Custom Shop: Ansir Music

Ansir Music is a custom shop based out of Ohio, consisting of the team of founder Jody Michael and artist Deric Smith. Jody, who has owned and operated a high precision tool and die shop, began to mix his bass-playing hobby with work, designing and creating basses…

Focus and Time

8. Focus and Time

This week, Damian answers this reader’s question: I’ve been playing bass for five years, and I see that bass players that have been playing for three years who are way better than me! I focus on my modes, then on chord structure and then I focus on arpeggios… and it becomes hard for me to get technique down. What do you…

Markbass Announces New TTE 500 Head and Micromark 801 Combo Amp

9. Markbass Announces New TTE 500 Head and Micromark 801 Combo Amp

Markbass is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and in turn has announced a slew of new products, including heads, cabs, and pedals, including the Markbass TTE 500 Head. Markbass TTE 500 Head The Markbass TTE 500 is an amp described as “modern vintage,” as it brings together a tube preamp, tube compressor, and tube…

Marcus Miller and Dennis Chambers: Scoop/Fatback Groove Mix

10. Marcus Miller and Dennis Chambers: Scoop/Fatback Groove Mix

This is incredible! Bassist Robin Koerts took Marcus Miller‘s video performance of “Scoop” and mixed it with Dennis Chambers’ video performance of “The Fatback Groove”. The only thing better would be if they actually performed this together.