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Top 10: Best of No Treble in September

From Lemmy’s bass to our how-to columns and all the best bass gear, here are the top 10 articles on No Treble in September, 2011.

Bass of the Week: Rickenbacker Limited Edition Lemmy Kilmister Signature 4004LK

1. Bass of the Week: Rickenbacker Limited Edition Lemmy Kilmister Signature 4004LK

Rickenbacker paid tribute to metal icon and Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister with the introduction of the 4004LK, a signature bass limited to 60 pieces that was first spotted in 1995, though production started around 2000…

Squier Releases Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V

2. Squier Releases Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V

A five-string version of Squier’s Vintage Modified Jazz Bass is now available. Similar to the four-string model, the Vintage Modified Jazz Bass V is styled after Fender’s mid-70’s Jazz basses and features a natural finish, soft maple body with a maple neck. The neck has black binding, block inlays, and 20 medium jumbo frets…

Still Fishin’: An Exclusive Interview with Les Claypool

3. Still Fishin’: An Exclusive Interview with Les Claypool

Les Claypool is a man that defies genres and labels. Since picking up bass at an early age, his influences of funk, prog rock and everything in between have melded to create his unique sound, which the bassist admits even he has trouble labeling. Of course, his creativity doesn’t stop at bass playing…

Ibanez Unveils Limited Edition Destroyer Bass

4. Ibanez Unveils Limited Edition Destroyer Bass

Ibanez has introduced a revamped version of their Destroyer bass, which will be available only as a limited run. Based on their guitar version, the Destroyer bass was discontinued in the late ’80s. Available in a Candy Apple Red finish, the DTB100 features a mahogany body with a classic angular design and a three-piece maple…

A Guide for the Self-Taught Bassist

5. A Guide for the Self-Taught Bassist

Q: I’m in the middle of high-school, and I’m really thinking of pursuing bass as a career. However, with a lack of decent teachers around, I’ve turned to teaching myself. But there’s so much to cover… where do I start? A: I would first suggest that you continue to keep your eyes and ears open…

Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (August 2011)

6. Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (August 2011)

From the Story of Bootsy to Larry Graham’s 65th birthday, here are the top 10 bass videos of the month, based on views by No Treble readers. 1. Unsung: The Story of Bootsy Collins Here’s TV One‘s documentary on Bootsy Collins, sharing the highs and lows of the funk legend’s life…

Custom Shop: M Basses

7. Custom Shop: M Basses

After growing up around woodworking, Jon Maghini turned his fascination of instrument building into a reality when he founded M Basses about a decade ago. Though the Connecticut-based luthier has built completely custom basses in the past, he began streamlining his process by focusing on J-style basses late last year with his Mj model…

Understanding Blues Forms and Common Substitutions

8. Understanding Blues Forms and Common Substitutions

In this lesson, we’re going to examine a couple of different blues forms, specifically the 12 bar, 8 bar, and 16 bar blues. Additionally, we’ll go over a few different approaches to playing through the form and knowing when it would be appropriate to substitute chords or when to adhere to the traditional changes…

Bass Of the Week: Xylem 5-String Black Limba Bass

9. Bass Of the Week: Xylem 5-String Black Limba Bass

This week we’re featuring a beautiful custom Xylem 5-string bass. This particular bass is a neck-through design featuring a black limba body with a bookmatched macassar ebony top, accented with bocote and maple. The quartersawn neck is bird’s eye maple and has an ebony fretboard and custom inlays of a tomoe and falling leaves…

In Memoriam: Laurie McAllister

10. In Memoriam: Laurie McAllister

Laurie McAllister, who played bass in the final lineup of the iconic all-girl rock band the Runaways, has passed away at the age of 54. McAllister joined the Runaways in November 1978, replacing Victory Blue and becoming the 6th bassist in the band’s four year history…

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