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Rewind: Top 10 Bass Videos, Jaco Pastorius Interview, New Bass Gear and Apps

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of June 12-18, 2011.

Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (May 2011)

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

This week, we’re taking a look back at the top 10 most popular bass videos from May, 2011, based on the number of views by No Treble readers. 1. Victor Wooten & JD Blair: Live at Blue Note Milan Filmed from the audience two days ago, here’s Victor Wooten and JD Blair playing the tune,…

Esperanza Spalding: I Know You Know / Smile Like That Live

2. Esperanza Spalding: I Know You Know / Smile Like That Live

Here’s a great clip of Esperanza Spalding sporting a Fender fretless and performing live in San Sebastian on July 23, 2009.

Jaco Pastorius: 1978 Radio Interview

3. Jaco Pastorius: 1978 Radio Interview

Jaco Pastorius was interviewed in 1978 for London’s Capital Radio network, around the time Weather Report’s Mr. Gone was about to release. Here’s the audio of the interview, where Jaco talks about the magic of Weather Report, the new album, and dives into his musical upbringing.

Custom Shop: Skjold Design Guitars

4. Custom Shop: Skjold Design Guitars

Pete Skjold had been playing bass for several years when he realized that to get what he wanted, he would have to design it himself. Eleven years after his first design, he began building full-time under the moniker Skjold Design Guitars, producing around 35 handmade basses annually. A bass enthusiast to the core, we first…

SKB Releases Injection Molded Watertight Bass Cases

5. SKB Releases Injection Molded Watertight Bass Cases

SKB has added to their 3i line with the release of two new watertight bass cases, called the 3i-5014-44 and 3i-5014-OP. Featuring injection molded interiors, the cases are built from a polypropylene copolymer resin and even meet US Military standards for tactical operations. The cases are waterproof, air-tight and submersible while being corrosion resistant. The…

IK Multimedia Releases iKlip for iPad and iPad 2

6. IK Multimedia Releases iKlip for iPad and iPad 2

IK Multimedia has a new version of their iKlip that is compatible with the new iPad 2. The accessory is a universal mic stand mount that makes your iPad or iPad 2 more accessible for use on stage and in the studio. The update adds snap-in adapters to accommodate for the width difference between the…

AweSome Musical Instruments Releases Pickup Tone Multiplier Kit

7. AweSome Musical Instruments Releases Pickup Tone Multiplier Kit

AweSome Musical Instruments has introduced the T4-Board Kit, a mod using their Pickup Tone Multiplier switching system to provide a total of 68 analog pickup tones for instruments with 4-pickup coils. That includes instruments with two 4-wire humbuckers, one 4-wire humbucker and two single-coil pickups, or four single-coil pickups. The system consists of six switches…

Paul Simonon: P-Bass History

8. Paul Simonon: P-Bass History

Fender is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Precision bass, and posted this video as part of the year-long celebration. In the video, Clash bassist Paul Simonon talks about his background and his basses, as well as the story behind the iconic London Calling album cover featuring him smashing one of his Precisions on the…

Player Spotlight: Pat Ormiston

9. Player Spotlight: Pat Ormiston

Meet Pat Ormiston, a bassist from Colchester, Vermont who says his playing is “no flash, no wicked fancy playing, just straight groove.” Bio: I grew up in Rochester NY as the third of four children. Music is a strong influence in my family. My mother saw to it that her children all played an instrument,…

Capo: A Look Into the Song Learning App for iOS

10. Capo: A Look Into the Song Learning App for iOS

Many of us have longed for a good, quality “Slow Downer” for iOS. Look no further! Capo, by SuperMegaUltraGroovy, will allow you to pick any song from your music library and adjust the speed, without altering pitch or alter the pitch, without altering speed, or both. Once you’ve selected your song, you’re basically presented with…