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  • Bass of the Week: Bas-Extravaganza Fluffy

    Bass of the Week: Bas-Extravaganza Fluffy

    While this bass may conjure images of ZZ Top, the idea for the Bas-Extravaganza Fluffy actually came to proprietor Bas Wittenberg on a trip through IKEA. The luthier saw a rug and immediately decided to put it to use as a “finish.” “This is a real party bass,” he writes. “Women love it, and men... »

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  • Let’s Talk About the Blues Scale

    Let’s Talk About the Blues Scale

    The Blues Scale. Why do so many players talk about this as the quintessential soloing tool? Have you ever wondered why the blues scale doesn’t always sound good while being played over a blues progression? Aren’t you looking for something more “realistic” in terms of an approach for soloing? Although this column is starting to... »

  • Li’nard, “The Best Bass Guitarist in NYC”: Live Bass Solo

    Li’nard, “The Best Bass Guitarist in NYC”: Live Bass Solo

    When we saw the title of this video (“The Best Bass Guitarist in NYC”), we of course had to check it out. And Li’nard blew us away. The video description went on to say, “Li’nard is a New York City legend. He is recognized as a genius in the art of dynamic, live performance and... »

  • Rush Releases “Sector” Box Sets from Mercury Records Career

    Rush Releases “Sector” Box Sets from Mercury Records Career

    Rush is having one busy November. Following the release of Time Machine 2011 – Live in Cleveland, the trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart are reissuing their first fifteen albums from their 14-year run with Mercury Records. Sectors is broken down into three separate six-disc box sets, each including five CDs in... »

  • Aristides’ New and Unique Arium “050” Bass Now Available

    Aristides’ New and Unique Arium “050” Bass Now Available

    Dutch instrument maker Aristides has released their newest bass, the 050. The 050 is a 5-string bass with a unique design which sets it apart from most: it is made of Arium, a synthetic tone material created for maximum sustain and resonance. The body and neck are all one piece molded from the material. The... »

  • Getting Started with a Looper: A How to Guide

    Getting Started with a Looper: A How to Guide

    Q: I recently bought a looper after reading some of your columns. It’s for practicing, not for performing, but I’m stumped as to what I should actually do with it. Any thoughts on good (or bad) ways to use a looper for practicing? A: Good for you! Looping pedals are a wonderful tools for practice... »

  • Viz Maurogiovanni: Fauré’s Pavane, Op. 50

    Viz Maurogiovanni: Fauré’s Pavane, Op. 50

    With the help of an ebow and a looper, Italian bassist Viz Maurogiovanni creates a beautiful solo bass rendition of Gabriel Fauré’s “Pavane,” Op. 50, proving that great music transcends time. »

  • Led Zeppelin FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Hard Rock Band of All Time

    Led Zeppelin FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Hard Rock Band of All Time

    Writer, critic and musician George Case has penned an incredibly detailed book on one of the biggest rock groups of all time: Led Zeppelin. Case, who previously wrote an unauthorized biography of the band’s guitarist, Jimmy Page, turns his sites to the band, on a mission to uncover many of the mysteries and insiders look... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Glenn “SmittyG” Smith

    Reader Spotlight: Glenn “SmittyG” Smith

    Meet Glenn “SmittyG” Smith, a bassist from Texarkana who can play the spectrum of music from country to punk to jazz and everything in between. The reader spotlight is one of our favorite features on No Treble, and it is people like Glenn who really make it extra special. I’m sure you’ll enjoy his sense... »

  • Question of the Week: What’s your next gear purchase?

    Question of the Week: What’s your next gear purchase?

    Our question of the week: What’s next up on your gear list? Hey, this is even a chance to dream a little. The holidays are right around the corner! Give us the scoop! Answer below in the comments, or on our Facebook page. »