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Rewind: Les Claypool Supergroup, Old School Fender Precision, New Basses, Adam Nitti Interviewed, Top Videos and More

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of July 24-30, 2011.

The Scuba Cult: Salvoed

1. The Scuba Cult: Salvoed

Here’s a cool video for “Salvoed” by the one-man-band called Scuba Cult. Rocking out on a Wal bass, the track features just bass and a Dr. Rhythm 808 track. The video on the other hand, features a guy in a big white hat.

Les Claypool Forms Supergroup with Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland and Danny Carey

2. Les Claypool Forms Supergroup with Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland and Danny Carey

Les Claypool has joined forces with Rush’s Neil Peart, the Police’s Stewart Copeland and Tool’s Danny Carey to form “Carey Claypool Copeland Peart” or “CCCP.” The supergroup is documented with a jam called “Count Drumula,” recently posted on Neil Peart’s website. The extent of the collaboration is unclear, as no other announcements about the group…

Bass The Chord

3. Bass The Chord

Gerardo Colon Ortiz has authored a new bass method book, Bass The Chord. The book focuses on the groove, with an emphasis on connecting lines with chords, using rhythm and harmony, to build more interesting bass lines. “The bass line won’t be sacrificed,” Ortiz explains. “In other words if you play a bass line in…

Old School: 1966 Fender Precision Bass

4. Old School: 1966 Fender Precision Bass

Chuck Hoffman shares his 1966 Fender Precision bass, one he bought about seven years ago, and credits as the source of his love for bass today. The 1966 Fender Precision was the first of the CBS-era of Fender basses, with 1965 being considered a transition year after Leo Fender sold his company to CBS. 1966…

ESP Unveils LTD J-Series Basses at Summer NAMM 2011

5. ESP Unveils LTD J-Series Basses at Summer NAMM 2011

For Summer NAMM 2011, ESP Guitars has unveiled the LTD J series basses, including the J-204 and J-205 models. Built for quality while “remaining within a budget,” the basses are designed with a classic style. The J-204 and J-205 (4- and 5-string, respectively) feature alder bodies, maple necks, and rosewood fingerboards. The old school look…

The Fab Faux: Abbey Road Medley

6. The Fab Faux: Abbey Road Medley

The Fab Faux is one of if not the best Beatles tribute bands. Consisting of bassist Will Lee and Jimmy Vivino, Rich Pagano, Frank Agnello and Jack Petruzzelli. This is part of an in-studio medley of the Fab Four’s Abbey Road, featuring the songs “Sun King” through “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.” Gotta…

SD Curlee Brand Revived With New Bass Guitar

7. SD Curlee Brand Revived With New Bass Guitar

The S.D. Curlee bass, made popular in the 1970′s, has been reborn at the hands of Birdsong Guitars’ Scott Beckwith. Once described as the “poor man’s Alembic,” the S.D. Curlee brand went under in 1982 after business decisions that led to key members leaving. The new SD Curlee Classic is a new take on the…

Selecting a Direct Box

8. Selecting a Direct Box

Q: I’m looking to upgrade my setup a little… shrink down my 4×10 cab to a equal power 2×10 and maybe buy a DI box for a live PA setting and a studio recording setting. In looking through the number of DI boxes, it’s hard to see what exactly makes a pedal a “Direct Box”…

The First Barbarians with Willie Weeks: Shirley, Live (1974)

9. The First Barbarians with Willie Weeks: Shirley, Live (1974)

A group led by Ronnie Wood dubbed “The First Barbarians” recorded a concert album in July, 1974. with material from one of the two performances at London’s Kilburn Gaumont State Theatre used for the release (now available as a DVD/CD set). The concert was in support of Wood’s album I’ve Got My Own Album to…

An Interview with Adam Nitti

10. An Interview with Adam Nitti

Rounding out our interviews from the Gerald Veasley Bass Boot Camp is our conversation with Adam Nitti. Based in Nashville, the bassist and educator has run the gamut of the music industry, from session work to touring to producing to teaching and more. His credits include working with artists like the Dave Weckl Band, Steven…