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What can we say? If it is bass, we love it. If it makes the top 10 list of bass awesomeness, we love it even more.

Here are the top 10 most read articles and most viewed videos on No Treble for the week of July 22-28, 2012.

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PBS History Detectives to Trace History of Ampeg Amp Marked with James Jamerson’s Name

1. PBS History Detectives to Trace History of Ampeg Amp Marked with James Jamerson’s Name

In 2009, Los Angeles bassist Steve Fishman discovered a vintage Ampeg amp that may just be the find of the century. Stenciled on the back of the amp was the name of the Motown bass legend, James Jamerson. Fishman, who has recorded with Paul McCartney, decided to try to get this story investigated…

Mono Cases Unveils Vertigo Top-Loading Bass Guitar Case

2. Mono Cases Unveils Vertigo Top-Loading Bass Guitar Case

Mono Cases has unveiled the Vertigo, which they state is the world’s first top-loading instrument case. Available in bass and guitar models, the design unzips from the headstock down on both sides for quicker access to your axe. The company’s Headlock neck suspension system got a redesign for the Vertigo and no longer requires strapping…

Darrell Craig Harris: “Come Together” Funky Bass Jam

3. Darrell Craig Harris: “Come Together” Funky Bass Jam

Former Cirque du Soleil bassist Darrell Craig Harris took the Beatles’ “Come Together” and cranked up the funk knob on this solo bass version of the classic tune. Grooooooooooooooooovy.

Gigging Life: Elevating Your Game with the Right Musicians (or Vice Versa)

4. Gigging Life: Elevating Your Game with the Right Musicians (or Vice Versa)

Damian Erskine offers a reader advice on making the most of every gigging situation, in this week’s Ask Damian column…

Philip Smith: Crazy House Funk

5. Philip Smith: Crazy House Funk

We’re big fans of bassist Philip Smith (aka KingOfPain) here at No Treble HQ. Here’s a new video from Philip, described by him as “some freestyle slap stuff behind a House loop on a Pedulla Bass. Fun fun fun on a Saturday night.” Fun indeed. And the commercial break is hilarious.

Old School: 1960’s Kustom Model 200 “Tuck & Roll” Bass Amplifier

6. Old School: 1960’s Kustom Model 200 “Tuck & Roll” Bass Amplifier

In this edition of Old School, bassist Mike Whited shares his classic 1960′s Kustom Model 200 bass amp, an amp Mike has shared a lot of miles with over the years. Kustom introduced the 200 model as an upgrade to their 100 model amp, offering it in black, blue, cascade, gold, red, white and charcoal…

Simon & Garfunkel with Pino Palladino: The Only Living Boy in New York

7. Simon & Garfunkel with Pino Palladino: The Only Living Boy in New York

While preparing to interview Joe Osborn, I became borderline obsessed with this song. Originally played by Joe on Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, the bass line has such a beautiful melody to it while holding down the harmony in all the right spots…

Mesa Boogie Introduces Traditional Powerhouse Bass Cabinets

8. Mesa Boogie Introduces Traditional Powerhouse Bass Cabinets

Mesa Boogie has introduced a new line of bass cabinets called the Traditional Powerhouse Series that offers up 2×10, 4×10, 1×15, 6×10, and 8×10 speaker configurations. Each of the cabs are hand built in Petaluma, California with Marine-grade Baltic Birch and are covered with Black Bronco Vinyl with a gray and black weave jute grille…

New School: Aaron Gibson

9. New School: Aaron Gibson

Aaron Gibson presents an interesting blend of singer/songwriter and solo bassist. Once described as “Jack Johnson playing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers,” the Oregon-based low-ender comps for himself while playing impressive original tunes as well as covers. Aaron scores solo gigs by covering the bass line, harmony, melody, and vocals all on his own…

Bass of the Week: Blasius Bali Fretless 4-String

10. Bass of the Week: Blasius Bali Fretless 4-String

Hungarian boutique bass shop Blasius designed their Bali model for players who prefer a more classical sounding instrument. Knowing versatility is key, they also included electronics to give it the ability to sound modern, too. Here’s a gorgeous fretless 4-string version of the Bali, built with an 8-piece body of ash, maple and walnut…