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Weekly Top 10: The Best Bass Videos, New Bass Gear from Wild Customs, Mesa Boogie and G&L & More Bass Goodness

Brace yourself… massive amounts of bass greatness below.

Which is another way of saying, here’s the top 10 most read articles and columns, and most watched bass videos for the week of June 10 – 16, 2012 on No Treble.

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

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

Typically, we share lots of videos featuring bassists doing their thing, laying down serious supporting lines, doing their solo bass thing, and everything in between. For some reason in May, we shared more than our share of funny/entertaining videos without playing. And readers dug it…

Billie Jean’s All Stars, Featuring Marcus Miller

2. Billie Jean’s All Stars, Featuring Marcus Miller

What do you get when you have five jazz masters improvise to an a cappella version of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”? An Italian radio show decided to find out by having their guests record to Jackson’s voice while they were on the show. with bassist Marcus Miller, guitarist Jean Paul “Bluey” Maunick, drummer Billy Cobham, trumpeter Enrico Rava, and pianist Stefano Bollani

Wild Customs Introduces Bass Version of Vulture Guitar

3. Wild Customs Introduces Bass Version of Vulture Guitar

Wild Customs has made a bass version of their Vulture guitar. The Vulture Bass’s retro design features a reverse headstock, angular body shape, and three pickups made by SP Custom. Stocked with passive electronics, each pickup has a volume control in addition to the master tone knob…

Bass Sight: A Look at the Notation and Fretboard Training App for iOS

4. Bass Sight: A Look at the Notation and Fretboard Training App for iOS

Bass Sight is a nice addition to the handful of apps that already exist to help those who wish to learn how to read music notation and/or better know their fretboard. Combining both training for reading notation and learning the fretboard, the app offers up a layout which is simple and to the point…

Blake Branch: “Space Lion” for Solo Bass

5. Blake Branch: “Space Lion” for Solo Bass

We don’t know anime very well, but Blake Branch is making us love the music of anime. The first time we featured Blake, he’d put together an incredible all-bass arrangement of “Raspberry Heaven“. This time around, he’s taken Yoko Kanno’s composition “Space Lion”, which was featured in the anime series Cowboy Bebop…

First Look: Mesa Boogie Prodigy and Strategy All-Tube Bass Amps

6. First Look: Mesa Boogie Prodigy and Strategy All-Tube Bass Amps

Mesa Boogie unveiled some sweet new gear at Musikmesse this year, including a pair of new all-tube bass amps called the Prodigy and the Strategy. Rated at 120 watts and 300 watts respectively, the pair are both equipped with three 12AX7 preamp tubes and a class A/B multi-watt power amp…

Chord Substitutions, Tritones and Bass

7. Chord Substitutions, Tritones and Bass

Q: When is it ok to use chord substitutions on standards? Also, can you explain tritone substitutions? A: The use of chord substitutions is fun to practice but must be used with caution on the gig. Our role as a bass player is to support the harmonic foundation for the rest of the band, as…

Isolated James Jamerson: I Heard It Through the Grapevine

8. Isolated James Jamerson: I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” wouldn’t have amounted to much without the iconic bass line we’re able to recognize without hearing anything else. To prove that, here’s the isolated bass, featuring the incredible bass line by James Jamerson…

Bass of the Week: Delgado Bass

9. Bass of the Week: Delgado Bass

This week we take a look at a unique bass made by Delgado Guitars out of Nashville, Tennessee. Proprietor Manuel Delgado is a third-generation luthier with specialties in acoustic instruments, and the Delgado Bass is no exception. The acoustic-electric bass has a hollow-body with about 2˝ in depth and a 34˝ scale…

G&L Unveils 2012 Special Collection with Three Limited Edition Basses

10. G&L Unveils 2012 Special Collection with Three Limited Edition Basses

G&L has announced their 2012 Special Collection, which includes three new limited edition basses. The lineup takes some of the company’s existing models and gives them a new “Nearly Naked” (NENA) finish in a Honey Ale color. G&L’s NENA is a super thin finish that uses a proprietary finishing technique for a naturally balanced appearance…