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Top 10: Classic 70’s Precision, Krist Novoselic Signature Bass, Alex Webster’s Extreme Metal Bass, the Top Bass Videos and more

Last week, No Treble readers enjoyed new basses from Fender, Gibson, plus Planet Waves’ new tuner and the Bass of the Week… gear for the win!

A couple of new faces in our video coverage including Philip Smith performing his “Smooth Funk Bass Jam” and Ariane Cap’s duet with herselfof her “Bach Me Up” bass arrangement. Plus, the monthly top 10 videos, and one really bizarre chair bass.

Cannibal Corpse’s Alex Webster’s new book, Extreme Metal Bass caught readers’ attention too.

Check out the top 10 articles on No Treble for the week of September 25 – October 1, 2011.

Fender Releases Classic ’70s Precision Bass

1. Fender Releases Classic ’70s Precision Bass

Fender has released the Classic Series ’70s Precision Bass, paying homage to the P-bass of yesteryear. Made in Japan, the basses include era-specific features like the bass-side thumbrest, the ’70s-style large headstock logo and a bound neck with block inlays. The bass has an alder body with a C-shaped maple neck and fretboard, which has…

Smooth Funk Bass Jam

2. Smooth Funk Bass Jam

Bassist Philip Smith says, “a little funk jam for you.” Philip played all the instruments on this track, but it is the bass we liked the most, of course.

Gibson Introduces Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass

3. Gibson Introduces Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass

Gibson is helping to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind album with the introduction of the Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass. The grunge bassist used an RD Artist series bass during his years with the trio and as such, the new bass is a recreation of its predecessor, with Novoselic’s own customizations. The RD…

Ariane Cap: Bach Improvisation and Badinerie

4. Ariane Cap: Bach Improvisation and Badinerie

Bassist Ariane Cap plays a duet (with herself) dubbed “Bach Me Up”. Ariane performs this on her 6 string Marleaux Consat.

Alex Webster Releases Extreme Metal Bass

5. Alex Webster Releases Extreme Metal Bass

Cannibal Corpse’s Alex Webster has authored a new bass instructional book, released this week. Extreme Metal Bass is a book and CD combo guide offering insights into the techniques, concepts and applications of metal bass. The 64-page book is accompanied by an enhanced CD, offering demos of the materials presented in the book, play-along tracks…

Planet Waves Introduces NS Mini-Headstock Tuner

6. Planet Waves Introduces NS Mini-Headstock Tuner

Planet Waves has released the NS Mini-Headstock Tuner, designed in cooperation with Ned Steinberger. The discrete tuner has a ratcheting clip to fit to your headstock and a 360 degree swivel for easy adjustments. Instead of a microphone or cables, the NS Mini Tuner utilizes a piezo transducer to detect pitch and displays the reading…

The Rockin’ Chair Bass

7. The Rockin’ Chair Bass

Last week we featured a video about a bass being built into a snowboard. This time, it’s a little different. According to the guys who made this, “the Rockin Chair was invented on a coffee break at a newspaper in Värmland, Sweden, back in 1984 by the journalist Kjell Palmers and noted by his college…

Top 10: The Best Bass Videos (August 2011)

8. 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. There’s so much great…

M Basses Introduce Elite Series Basses

9. M Basses Introduce Elite Series Basses

M Basses has announced the Elite line of basses, stepping up from their Mj designs with more options while retaining the classic style. Available with Alder, Ash, or Mahogany bodies topped with your choice of figured wood. The maple necks feature Indian rosewood or maple fingerboards. The basses are passive and come standard with Nordstrand…

Bass of the Week: BL Designs Barbary Fretless 5-String

10. Bass of the Week: BL Designs Barbary Fretless 5-String

Our featured bass this week is a BL Design Barbary 5-string. This custom fretless bass is a single cutaway design built with a redwood theme, the body is birdseye redwood with a maple veneer, while the stunning top is exhibition grade redwood burl. From there, the body is accented by a 9-piece padauk neck that…