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  • Still Truckin’: Hot Tuna Announces Massive 2012 Tour

    Still Truckin’: Hot Tuna Announces Massive 2012 Tour

    Longtime collaborators Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady are gearing up for a major 2012 Hot Tuna tour, in support of their latest album, Steady As She Goes. The new album was the first featuring new material in nearly 20 years for the group. The duo, who have performed together for over 50 years, will be... »

  • Ashdown Introduces Classic Tube Magnifier All Tube Bass Amp

    Ashdown Introduces Classic Tube Magnifier All Tube Bass Amp

    Ashdown CTM Custom Bass Amp Ashdown unveiled their new Classic Tube Magnifier all tube bass amp at the NAMM show last month. The company, who is celebrating their 15th anniversary, also rolled out custom shop options and were displaying the head in standard and custom covering. Housed in 18mm Marine grade birch ply cabinet, the... »

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  • Pat Metheny Quartet Live: “James”, Featuring Christian McBride (2003)

    Pat Metheny Quartet Live: “James”, Featuring Christian McBride (2003)

    In 2003, Pat Metheny assembled an all-star quartet including Christian McBride on bass, the late Michael Brecker on sax and Antonio Sanchez on drums. The quartet performed live in Germany for the Jazz Baltica festival. Here, the group performs the Metheny classic “James”, with a nice spotlight on McBride. »

  • Marlene Rosenberg Quartet: Bassprint

    Marlene Rosenberg Quartet: Bassprint

    Chicago bassist Marlene Rosenberg has performed around the world with leading jazz artists, including Kenny Barron, Frank Foster, Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Roy Hargrove, Marian McPartland, Cedar Walton, David ‘Fathead’ Newman, Monty Alexander, Teddy Edwards, Joe Williams and Nancy Wilson. The bassist has just released Bassprint, her third album as a leader, and one which... »

  • Ampeg Releases Micro-CL Stack

    Ampeg Releases Micro-CL Stack

    Ampeg has unveiled the Micro-CL Stack, a “micro-sized SVT” rated at 100-watts. The solid state head and 2×10 cabinet resemble the company’s iconic SVT-CL at a fraction of the size. Available only as a set, the “mini fridge” have many of the same features as their larger counterparts, including a dedicated FX Loop, a stereo... »

  • I Wish I Knew That: The Size of the Crowd Doesn’t Matter

    I Wish I Knew That: The Size of the Crowd Doesn’t Matter

    Greetings, bass players! Although I’ve enjoyed writing about the blues for the past few months, a new year calls for a new subject, and I’ve decided to shift gears a bit. Thanks to you guys, No Treble readers, and to the nifty technological advancements that allow us to communicate in new ways, I’ve been impressed... »

  • Marco Ignacio Toba: Milonga for Two Basses

    Marco Ignacio Toba: Milonga for Two Basses

    Bassist Marco Ignacio Toba sent us a note and a few awesome videos he’s done. Marco is from Argentina and plays in a prog metal band by the name of Thabu. In this video, Marco plays “Milonga” for two basses, arranged by Bucky Arcella. You know what we say, two basses are better than one!... »

  • Top 10: The Best of No Treble in January 2012

    Starting this month, we’re going to highlight the best of the best from the world of bass. Here are the most popular features on No Treble in January, 2012. As always, our top 10 lists are based on readership. Thanks for reading! 1. Fender Custom Shop Introduces 2012 Bass Models Fender’s Custom Shop has announced... »

  • Jackson Ampworks Introduces The Behemoth Bass Amp

    Jackson Ampworks Introduces The Behemoth Bass Amp

    Jackson Ampworks unveiled four new amps at NAMM this year including The Behemoth, a 120-watt all-tube bass amp. Sporting dual channels, the company describes the new amp as a marriage of a B-15N and an SVT, with Channel 1 designated as the Vintage Channel while Channel 2 is the Modern Channel. As such, Channel 1... »

  • Bass of the Week: Brown’s Guitar Factory Fretted/Less Bass

    Bass of the Week: Brown’s Guitar Factory Fretted/Less Bass

    Fretted, fretless, or both? Based out of Minnesota, Brown’s Guitar Factory has a unique take on electric bass with their Fretted/Less models. The design allows for half of the fingerboard to be fretted while the second half has a raised fretless section, which is elevated to the height of the fretted section to keep its... »