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Weekly Top 10: New Bass Gear Epiphone and Ibanez, Victor Wooten Tour, and the Best Bass Videos and How To’s

In case you missed them (and even if you didn’t), here are the top 10 most read bass related stories and most watched videos on No Treble for the week of August 12 – 18, 2012. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing!

Epiphone Introduces Tobias-Designed Toby Deluxe-V Bass Guitar

1. Epiphone Introduces Tobias-Designed Toby Deluxe-V Bass Guitar

Epiphone has unveiled the Toby Deluxe-V, a 5-string version of the bass originally designed by Michael Tobias. The new instrument shares many of the same features of the last year’s reintroduced Toby Deluxe IV, including an asymmetrical neck profile, Tobias SCR and SCT split humbucker pickups, and the Active Tonexpressor Bass Enhancement control…

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

2. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (July 2012)

Bass videos rule. And here are the ten that ruled most in July 2012, based on No Treble reader views. Enjoy!

Ibanez Now Offering SR256 6-String Bass

3. Ibanez Now Offering SR256 6-String Bass

Ibanez’s SR series has gotten a little bigger with the new SR256PW, a 6-string bass with active electronics and a price most can reach. Offered in Pearl White, the bass is built with a mahogany body and a bolt-on 3-piece maple neck. The rosewood fingerboard has pearl dot inlays as position markers…

Victor Wooten: “The Lesson”, Live

4. Victor Wooten: “The Lesson”, Live

EMG has shared an excellent video by the one and only Victor Wooten, performing his tune, “The Lesson” live in studio. The tune was written as a companion for his book, The Music Lesson, and appeared on the soundtrack released last year. Is there anything Victor can’t do?

Bass of the Week: Schecter Stargazer-4

5. Bass of the Week: Schecter Stargazer-4

Schecter’s Stargazer-4 is a quirky take on basses of years past. The old school-inspired 4-stringer is built for versatility with EMG’s MMHZ humbucking pickup in the bridge position and the EMG SJHZ single-coil pickup in the neck position. For further tonal adjustments, the bass has an EMG active 2-band EQ in addition to a pickup blend knob…

Nothing but Bass: Nico Abondolo Plays the Octobass

6. Nothing but Bass: Nico Abondolo Plays the Octobass

Now this is a bass. The Octobass is an enormous, three-string instrument that tunes an octave below a standard double bass. It’s so large that the player has to use special keys on its side to change pitches on each string…

Thumb Position Exercises for Bassists

7. Thumb Position Exercises for Bassists

“Thumb position” is a left hand technique in which the thumb is used on top of the board to press down the strings. In essence, we use it just as we use our other fingers. Although the technique can be used anywhere on the instrument, this technique is most often used at the midpoint of the string or higher…

In Memoriam: Bob Birch

8. In Memoriam: Bob Birch

We’re sad to report the passing of Bob Birch, longtime bassist for Elton John and session musician. Birch, who was 56, reportedly took his own life near his home in Los Angeles…

Victor Wooten Expands 2012 Tour with Fall Dates

9. Victor Wooten Expands 2012 Tour with Fall Dates

As we reported back in May, Victor Wooten is releasing two new albums – Words & Tones and Sword & Stone – on the same day next month. Wooten, who has been on tour throughout the summer, has now added fall dates, including co-headlining some dates with the Jimmy Herring Band starting in November…

Kinky Wizzards: Bass and Drum Brother Duo

10. Kinky Wizzards: Bass and Drum Brother Duo

The Kinky Wizzards is a British bass and drum duo made up of Jonathan and Matthew Griffiths. The brothers have been playing together since they were around 11 years old, playing as a duo as well as a rhythm section in several bands. Bassist Matthew sent us this awesome video of three of their original tunes…