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  • Agile Partners Introduce AmpKit Version 1.4, with Ashdown Amp Model

    Agile Partners Introduce AmpKit Version 1.4, with Ashdown Amp Model

    AmpKit, the popular amp modeling app for iOS, has been updated with Version 1.4. The new incarnation introduces two new pedals and two new amplifiers including modeling of the Ashdown ABM-900 and its matching 8×10 cabinet. The second in AmpKit’s bass amp series, the Ashdown rig replicates all the features of the real ABM-900. Besides... »

  • Bass of the Week: Nordstrand NX5

    Bass of the Week: Nordstrand NX5

    I’ll admit it – I’m a sucker for boutique top woods. That’s why I had to do a double take when I saw Nordstrand’s first NX5 Bolt-on bass guitar. Its spalted maple top and matching headstock have a gorgeous textural look with striking light and dark contrasts thanks to the spalting, which is naturally created... »

  • Transcription: “No Woman, No Cry” Solo Bass Arrangement

    Transcription: “No Woman, No Cry” Solo Bass Arrangement

    This great version of the Bob Marley classic “No Woman, No Cry” was arranged by popular YouTube bassist Viaceslav Svedov, a talented young musician known for his hard-hitting covers of popular bass-driven songs. This arrangement is performed with the slap technique, and there a few notational elements that you should be aware of: The track... »

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  • Won’t Get Fooled Again: John Entwistle’s Isolated Bass (Live, 1978)

    Won’t Get Fooled Again: John Entwistle’s Isolated Bass (Live, 1978)

    Has there ever been anyone cooler than John Entwistle? I don’t think so, and here’s Exhibit A – the Ox’s isolated bass from “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, performed live in Shepparton, UK in 1978: »

  • Arild Andersen Steps Out Front With “Celebration”

    Arild Andersen Steps Out Front With “Celebration”

    For more than four decades, Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen has been a foundation in the sound of ECM Records. His recordings for the label include work with Bill Frisell, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian and many others. Now, the bassist has just released Celebration, an album consisting of music from ECM’s catalog. The six track collection... »

  • Alembic Unveils Stanley Clarke Signature Deluxe 5-String Bass

    Alembic Unveils Stanley Clarke Signature Deluxe 5-String Bass

    Stanley Clarke will be stretching out a bit more with the introduction of his new Alembic Signature Deluxe 5-string bass, which the company will offer in their signature series. Tuned E to C, the step from a 4- to a 5-string bass allows for playing Clarke’s songs written for tenor bass as well as everything... »

  • How and Why Woods Affect Your Bass Sound

    How and Why Woods Affect Your Bass Sound

    Q: Experience and all instrument makers tell us that the choice of wood affects the sound of a bass. Of course we know and feel the difference of alder vs. ash bodies, ebony vs. rosewood vs. maple fingerboards, and so many other differences. But, do we know why exactly this affects the amplified sound? What... »

  • James Jamerson: “Bernadette” Isolated Bass

    James Jamerson: “Bernadette” Isolated Bass

    This wouldn’t be much of an “isolated bass week” without including the legend, James Jamerson. So here’s a (mostly) isolated bass track from the 1967 Four Tops hit, “Bernadette”. There’s some disagreement about whether this is the bass on the actually released single, or if it is an out-take from the Motown vault. Doesn’t matter... »

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

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

    At the end of every month, we take a look at the most read articles on No Treble. So it only makes sense that we make a top 10 list from there. We lost one of the great bass legends of our time last month, with the passing of Bob Babbitt, who takes the #1... »