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Top 10: New Bass Gear, Practice Routines, the Top Bass Videos and More Popular Stories of the Week

Last week, No Treble readers enjoyed more 6-string bass coverage than we think we’ve ever shared in a given week. Ibanez’s new 6-string SR Premium bass, Eastwood Guitars’ interesting Sidejack VI Bass Guitar and Basone Guitars’ new 6-String Bass Guitar all made the top 10 most read stories of the week.

Also in gear, Lemmy Kilmister’s Nick Page Gott 4 Bass – our bass of the week – had a lot of people buzzing.

In videos, Eric Czar blew people away with “Trigger Fingers” and Marcus Miller performs a high-octane version of Tower of Power’s “What is Hip?”

Damian Erskine shared his practice routine, covering groove, changes and soloing, in response to a reader’s question. And readers responded with their own practice routines too.

Check out these and the rest of the top 10 most read features on No Treble for the week of April 8 – 14, 2012. Thanks for reading!

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (March 2012)

1. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (March 2012)

Time for one of our favorite lists of the month, when we look back at the top 10 bass videos for the month. This time around, we feature the best of the best in March, 2012 (meaning: most viewed by No Treble readers). Enjoy. 1. John Paul Jones: “What Is And What Should Never Be”…

Bass of the Week: Lemmy Kilmister’s Nick Page Gott 4 Bass

2. Bass of the Week: Lemmy Kilmister’s Nick Page Gott 4 Bass

Apparently, Lemmy Kilmister has one of the coolest bass collections on the planet. One of our very first Bass of the Week features was of the Motorhead frontman’s signature Rickenbacker. This week, we’re checking out his Nick Page Gott 4, which the luthier built specially for him. “The Lemmy Bass was a very special move…

Ibanez Adds 6-String SR Premium Model Bass

3. Ibanez Adds 6-String SR Premium Model Bass

Ibanez expanded their SR Premium lineup with the inclusion a new 6-string model, the SR1206. Sporting the mahogany body and ovangkol top combination, the new bass shares the rest of the qualities of its siblings, including a 5-piece wenge/bubinga neck, a rosewood fingerboard, and a pair of Nordstrand Big Single pickups. The preamp is Ibanez’s…

Eric Czar: Trigger Fingers

4. Eric Czar: Trigger Fingers

Here’s an awesome video by Eric Czar for his song “Trigger Fingers”. Eric uses three basses (including his Adamovic signature 7-string) to fill out all the parts while using some tricky fingering techniques for a hypnotizing groove.

Marcus Miller: “What Is Hip” (Live)

5. Marcus Miller: “What Is Hip” (Live)

Here’s the drill: take a tune anchored by one phenomenal bassist and have it covered by another. This is Marcus Miller and his band covering Tower of Power’s “What is Hip”, which of course featured the bass work of Rocco Prestia. TOP fans might notice a difference in tempo from the original. Drummer Jason “JT”…

Eastwood Guitars Now Shipping Sidejack VI Bass Guitar

6. Eastwood Guitars Now Shipping Sidejack VI Bass Guitar

Taking a cue from Fender’s Bass VI from the ’60s, Eastwood has unveiled the Sidejack VI: a 6-string, 30˝ scale bass guitar. Similar to a guitar, the bass is tuned E to E, but it vastly improves on the guitar concept by taking it down an octave. Available in Vintage Cream and Metallic Blue finishes,…

Basone Guitars Unveil 6-String Bass Guitar

7. Basone Guitars Unveil 6-String Bass Guitar

Canadian custom shop Basone Guitars recently unveiled a new 25-fret, 6-string bass guitar. The elegant instrument features a chambered body made of Honduran Mahogany topped with spalted maple as well as walnut and ebony accents. The bolt-on neck is also honduran Mahogany supported with dual truss rods, with a black walnut fingerboard. As an interesting…

Ashdown Introduces MiBass Combo Amps

8. Ashdown Introduces MiBass Combo Amps

Expanding on their ultra compact MiBass head units, Ashdown has unveiled a new range of MiBass combos. The new models carry the 550-watt version amplifier in a 1×15˝ configuration and the 220-watt version in 1×10˝, 2×8˝, and 1×12˝. Features on the combos carry over from the MiBass head, including a switchable active/passive instrument input, a…

Brubaker Introduces Brute MJXSC Single Cut 5-String Bass

9. Brubaker Introduces Brute MJXSC Single Cut 5-String Bass

Brubaker is expanding their Brute Bass series this year with the addition of the MJXSC line of basses. The new 5-string models sport a single-cut body design while keeping a low price point. Weighing in a 10 pounds, the MJXSC sports an ash body and a bolt-on maple neck with a slim taper contour. The…

From Groove to Changes to Soloing: Damian Erskine’s Practice Routine

10. From Groove to Changes to Soloing: Damian Erskine’s Practice Routine

Q: You answer a lot of questions to help bassists out. But I’d like to know, what are you personally working on to improve your playing? A: I am in a constant state of flux with my practice habits. Different things bug me about my playing depending on the gigs I have one week versus…