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Rewind: The Best Bass Videos, Esperanza Spalding with Prince, Bryan Beller Interview, Choosing an Amp, and Lots of Bass Gear

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of May 1 – 7, 2011.

Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (April 2011)

1. Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (April 2011)

A look back at the top 10 most popular bass videos from April, 2011, based on the number of views by No Treble readers…

Player Spotlight: Mina Burnside

2. Player Spotlight: Mina Burnside

Meet Mina Burnside, a 14 year old bassist from Nashville, TN and our player in the spotlight for May 3, 2011. We first featured Mina and her impressive take on Jaco Pastorius’s “Portrait of Tracy” a couple of months ago…

Dani Weber: Don’t Look Too Far

3. Dani Weber: Don’t Look Too Far

Whenever a Dani Weber video hits our radar, I always find myself impressed not only with his bass playing, but also his compositions. Here, Dani performs his solo bass piece “Don’t Look Too Far”.

Choosing an Amp

4. Choosing an Amp

Q: I have a question regarding power amps and cabinets. There are so many choices out there, and even more when you consider every amp available online (but probably won’t see in a store). How do you go about choosing an amp without just throwing a dart at the board and taking a huge financial…

Gear Review: Darkglass Electronics Microtubes B3K

5. Gear Review: Darkglass Electronics Microtubes B3K

Finland-based Darkglass Electronics, a company focused on bass effects and boasts handmade pedals, is the brainchild of Chilean-born Douglas Castro. Castro started the venture to create effects and tones that he heard in his head but couldn’t get with other pedals. The company’s flagship is their Microtubes B3K Bass Overdrive, a compact pedal featuring hybrid…

AC Guitars Unveils Graft Series Handmade Basses

6. AC Guitars Unveils Graft Series Handmade Basses

AC Guitars has announced a new line of handmade production basses called the Graft series, aimed at bringing hand made instruments into a more accessible price point. The new models are handcrafted by Scottish builder Alan Cringean in Moffat alongside his custom work. The line includes five different body shapes: Finn, Recurve, Harlot, Gallas, and…

Andres Rotmistrovsky: She’s Mine

7. Andres Rotmistrovsky: She’s Mine

Andres Rotmistrovsky adapted a tune entitled “She’s Mine” by Fito Paez for solo bass. Here’s Andres performing it. Dig the tone!

Esperanza Spalding To Perform with Prince’s Welcome to America Tour

8. Esperanza Spalding To Perform with Prince’s Welcome to America Tour

Esperanza Spalding is scheduled to open Prince’s tour on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, as part of Prince’s residency-style “Welcome 2 America” tour. The tour is a 21-date event in Los Angeles that began on April 14th at the Forum. Spalding has recruited keyboardist Raymond Angry, saxophonist Joe Lovano, guitarist Jef Lee Johnson…

An Interview with Bryan Beller

9. An Interview with Bryan Beller

Bryan Beller is a difficult bassist to classify. A quick check of the list of projects finds him spanning all sorts of genres, all sorts of gigs, and a healthy travel itinerary. Perhaps best known now for his work on Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse show as the bassist for Dethklok, Bryan has a strong foot in…

Crash Kings: Evolution of Guitar – With No Guitar

10. Crash Kings: Evolution of Guitar – With No Guitar

Brothers Mike Beliveau (bass) and Tony Beliveau (keyboards and vocals) formed the trio The Crash Kings with drummer Jason Morris. But they approach it with a twist: to “create a band that once and for all could be ‘The Big Rock Sound’ without guitar.” The two brothers trade handling the guitar-like duties, with Mike hitting…