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  • Steely Dan: Kid Charlemagne (Live)

    Steely Dan: Kid Charlemagne (Live)

    Here’s a great live performance of Steely Dan’s tune “Kid Charlemagne”, for VH-1’s Storytellers. In this version, bassist Tom Barney really brings it! »

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  • Top 10: Jaco’s 60th Birthday Celebration Plus the Best Bass Lessons, Videos and Gear of the Week

    Top 10: Jaco’s 60th Birthday Celebration Plus the Best Bass Lessons, Videos and Gear of the Week

    Last week we celebrated Jaco Pastorius’ 60th birthday with our own tribute and the most popular Jaco videos we’ve featured here on No Treble over the years. Readers responded with their own stories, making this quite a celebration for the bassist who changed it all, and who we dearly miss. On the lessons front, Thomas... »

  • Watson Pickups Launches Product Line

    Watson Pickups Launches Product Line

    Watson Guitars has just launched a new pickups company, specializing in a variety of bass pickups. Run by former Nordstrand employee Michael Cooper, Watson Pickups’ new line offers products ranging from vintage replacements to completely custom creations for extended-range instruments. Cooper designed the entire line. “My current favorite design is a tap-able modern P pickup,”... »

  • Suzi Quatro: Strict Machine

    Suzi Quatro: Strict Machine

    Bassist Suzi Quatro started her musical career at the age of fourteen, playing in the all-female band, The Pleasure Seekers and Cradle, with her sisters. Her father got her started, giving Quatro as 1957 Fender Precision as her first bass. Quatro has another claim to fame: starring in the sitcom Happy Days as Leather Tuscadero,... »

  • Phil Palombi’s Tri-Fi Releases Christmas Album

    Phil Palombi’s Tri-Fi Releases Christmas Album

    Here’s something to help get you in the holiday spirit. Tri-Fi, featuring bassist Phil Palombi, have released a new holiday album entitled A Tri-Fi Christmas. The piano trio’s seasonal record contains their personal spins on twelve Christmas classics including “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and “Joy to the World.” “Even though we recorded it in... »

  • Nordstrand Releases Pre-Ernie Ball Music Man-Inspired 2B-MM Preamp

    Nordstrand Releases Pre-Ernie Ball Music Man-Inspired 2B-MM Preamp

    Nordstrand has released the 2B-MM preamp, an accurate reproduction of an early pre-Ernie Ball Music Man 2-band preamp. The preamp comes prewired, and while it works as a direct replacement for early Music Man basses, the company explains it works well for many instruments. As with the original design, the 2B-MM’s bass control only boosts... »

  • New School: Steve Lawson

    New School: Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson is the epitome of new school. After beginning to play solo bass in the late 1990s, Lawson has been utilizing his love of technology and community to not only expand the scope of the instrument’s identity, but also to bring players together in discussions through social media. Steve’s advocacy for a “do-it-yourself” career,... »

  • New Charles Mingus Documentary in Progress

    New Charles Mingus Documentary in Progress

    Charles Mingus’ grandson Kevin Ellington Mingus has set out to make a film exploring his grandfather’s life. Mingus on Mingus will be a full-length documentary including interviews with the musicians from bassist/composer’s band and his family and friends, to get a deeper understanding of the jazz icon. Mingus, who passed away in 1979, had a... »

  • Bass of the Week: Jerzy Drozd Barcelona

    Bass of the Week: Jerzy Drozd Barcelona

    Luthier Jerzy Drozd’s Barcelona design was made in collaboration with famed flamenco bassist Carles Benavent, who spent time playing with Paco de Lucia, Chick Corea and Miles Davis. The bass, named after the city they both live in, is built after Benavent’s unique playing style. “With the help of Carles, I tried to design the... »

  • Top 10: The Best of No Treble in November – Lessons, How-To’s, Interviews and More

    Top 10: The Best of No Treble in November – Lessons, How-To’s, Interviews and More

    Lessons and how-to’s reigned supreme in November, starting with a new video lesson series by Grant Stinnett, and the return of Thomas “MarloweDK” Risell with a new series on Practical Theory. Readers enjoyed our exclusive interviews with the extreme metal bassist Alex Webster and the 7-string fretless guru, Jeroen Paul Thesseling. Damian Erskine’s conversation on... »