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Rewind: Ernie Ball’s MusicMan Test Run, Custom Shop Amps, Plus the Top Bass Videos, Gear and Apps of the Week

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of June 26 – July 2, 2011.

Dirty Loops: Just Dance

1. Dirty Loops: Just Dance

Facebook friend Helge Rudolph shares this video with us, featuring the group Dirty Loops performing a cover of Lady GaGa’s “Just Dance”. Bassist Henrik Linder helps make this tune so much better.

Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 5-String Bass with 19mm Spacing

2. Ernie Ball Offers Test Run of Music Man Stingray 5-String Bass with 19mm Spacing

Based on popular demand, Ernie Ball is offering a limited test run of the SLO Special 5, a Music Man Stingray 5-string bass with 19-mm string spacing. The company says it must receive 125 pre-orders between now and July 12, 2011 to put the instruments into production. If the orders are met, it will become…

Custom Shop: Verellen Amplifiers

3. Custom Shop: Verellen Amplifiers

So far in the Custom Shop series, we’ve asked luthiers about building custom bass guitars. This time we got the chance to talk to Ben Verellen to look into a perhaps lesser-known market: custom amplifiers. Based in Seattle, Washington, Ben Verellen of Verellen Amplifiers grew up playing bass and eventually decided to go to school…

The O’Jays: For The Love of Money

4. The O’Jays: For The Love of Money

Here’s another iconic bass line that everyone should know, penned and recorded by Anthony Jackson for the O’Jays. This clip shows bassist Curtis Teel adding his own groove to it to make people shake their money makers for this performance on Soul Train in 1974.

Monolith Loudspeakers Releases MAGMA 1.0 Bass Preamp

5. Monolith Loudspeakers Releases MAGMA 1.0 Bass Preamp

Monolith Loudspeakers and Effects has released the MAGMA 1.0, a dual channel bass preamp built on solid state CMOS technology. Each channel is identical and has it’s own input, as well as an A/B input for blending. The back of the unit has effects loops for both channels, as well as two master line outs,…

Luminlay Unveils SGT Series Fluorescent Position Markers

6. Luminlay Unveils SGT Series Fluorescent Position Markers

Luminlay has introduced the SGT series of luminescent inlay markers to their product line, including the SGT-40 and SGT-50. The new fluorescent markers are designed for the top of fingerboards, where previous incarnations were built as side dots. Available in green, the SGT-40 and -50 are dot inlays made of a highly luminous material that…

Modern Worship: Bass Play-Along

7. Modern Worship: Bass Play-Along

Hal Leonard’s latest in the Bass Play-Along series focuses on modern day Christian worship music. Modern Worship: Bass Play-Along Vol. 37 includes 8 songs in both standard notation and tab, and includes the complete chord charts for each song. As with all books in this series, Modern Worship includes an enhanced CD, playable in any…

Player Spotlight: Kent Beatty

8. Player Spotlight: Kent Beatty

Meet Kent Beatty, a bassist from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and our player in the spotlight for June 28, 2011. Bio: Upcoming bassist Kent Beatty has been on his way to the forefront of modern bass playing since he started at age 12. Influenced by such legends as Flea, Les Claypool, Victor Wooten, and Stuart Zender,…

Question of the Week: How many strings on your bass?

9. Question of the Week: How many strings on your bass?

Damian Erskine’s latest column (Making the Shift: from 4 to 6 String Bass) generated a ton of reaction and debate from readers. So here’s your chance to weigh in: How many strings on your bass? What’s the limit?

FiRe 2: A Look at the Recording App for iOS

10. FiRe 2: A Look at the Recording App for iOS

I’ve long been on the lookout for a great recording app for my iPhone. Not for multi-tracking, because Garageband on my iPad has me 100% sold for that stuff, but more for recording quick ideas, recording rehearsals, concerts and so on. I recently tried out FiRe 2 by Audiofile Engineering, and after just a few…