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Top 10: The Best of No Treble – Top Bass Gear, Lessons and Stories for June 2012

You like top ten lists. We like top ten lists.

So it only makes sense that we’d share the top 10 most popular stories on No Treble for the month of June 2012.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing, as always. Bass players rule.

Bass on a Budget: 12 Basses Under $500

1. Bass on a Budget: 12 Basses Under $500

We see and cover a ton of basses here at No Treble. And while the features are often as varied as they get, they also vary wildly on price. Many basses today are topping the $5,000 mark. Some by a lot. But there have been plenty released in 2012 with street prices under $500 too. So we decided to take a look back at these low cost basses — all at once…

Fender Introduces Factory Special Run Antigua Jazz and Precision Basses

2. Fender Introduces Factory Special Run Antigua Jazz and Precision Basses

Fender continues to bring old school to the forefront with the announcement of a “Factory Special Run” of instruments with their retro Antigua finish. Introduced in the late 1960’s, the distinct color scheme was revisited in 1977 with more of a greenish shade. The new limited edition line includes both Jazz and Precision bass models….

Fender Custom Shop Introduces Dusty Hill Signature Precision Bass

3. Fender Custom Shop Introduces Dusty Hill Signature Precision Bass

The Fender Custom Shop has expanded its Artist Series instruments with the Dusty Hill Signature Precision Bass. Available in Black and Nocaster Blonde, the bass oozes old school with a road worn finish and reverse headstock…

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

4. 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…

Getting to Know Your Bass: Part 1 – Tone Controls

5. Getting to Know Your Bass: Part 1 – Tone Controls

In this column series, we’ll examine a few different things that all fall under the heading of “knowing the capabilities” of your bass. First, we’ll focus specifically on the importance of tone knobs and learning what they do. We’ll also highlight how this comes into play when you’re searching for a new bass to buy or why you may feel as if you’re not getting the most out of the bass you already own…

Expanding Your Voice on Bass: Inflections and Articulations

6. Expanding Your Voice on Bass: Inflections and Articulations

Damian answers this reader question: I notice bassists adding what I would call a “slur”, but I think the correct term would be trill at the end of lines and phrases. I really dig the effect, but my hands and mind are not naturally inclined to do this. What would you recommend to help me work on this?

Bass of the Week: Surine Basses Regency 8-String “Rainbow”

7. Bass of the Week: Surine Basses Regency 8-String “Rainbow”

Surine Basses decided to go all out on their Regency model with this “Rainbow” 8-string bass. The hollow-body bass has a stunning 32-strip laminate top and matching headstock with a variety of exotic woods. Equally impressive is the 7-piece thru neck made of rock maple and purple heart, which is topped by an ebony fingerboard….

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

8. 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…

Wild Customs Introduces Bass Version of Vulture Guitar

9. 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…

Eastwood Introduces Stormbird Bass

10. Eastwood Introduces Stormbird Bass

Eastwood has issued the Stormbird, a bass with vintage-vibe and a Metallic Blue finish that conjures images of surf rock. The 34˝ scale bass sports a basswood body, set maple neck, and a rosewood fingerboard. The Stormbird is equipped with a pair of humbuckers with a three-way selector switch, and volume and tone controls…

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