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  • Underrated Bassist: An Interview with Colin Hodgkinson

    Underrated Bassist: An Interview with Colin Hodgkinson

    This is part one of a new series on underrated bass players. First up is Colin Hodgkinson, best known for the innovative blues, rock and jazz group Back Door. While players like Jaco Pastorius were still in high school, Colin Hodgkinson was playing solos, counter-melody, bass lines and chords with Back Door. In my opinion,... »

  • La Vague: Straight Contrariwise – Resophonic Bass & Vocals

    La Vague: Straight Contrariwise – Resophonic Bass & Vocals

    Here at No Treble HQ, we like things that are a little out of the ordinary. Check out this video of La Vague performing their song “Straight Contrariwise”. The duo is made up of Francesca Pirami on vocals and Alessandro Corsi on resophonic bass, stomp box guitar and back up vocals. Corsi’s unique style incorporates... »

  • Bill Laswell Releases Solo Bass Album, “Means of Deliverance”

    Bill Laswell Releases Solo Bass Album, “Means of Deliverance”

    Bassist and producer Bill Laswell‘s amazing career in music has spanned the spectrum. Looking at a short list of the musicians Laswell has worked with says it all: Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, Public Image Ltd, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Bootsy Collins, Motorhead, Sting, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock… It was Laswell’s work with Hancock that brought... »

  • Ibanez Introduces IJXB150B Jumpstart Electric Bass Package

    Ibanez Introduces IJXB150B Jumpstart Electric Bass Package

    Ibanez has everything covered for a beginner in their new IJXB150B Jumpstart Bass Package. The package centers around a GSR190 bass, but also includes a bass amp, a gig bag, a tuner, a stand, a cable, an accessories pouch, and a card good for online lessons. The bass, which comes in five colors, sports a... »

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  • Krist Novoselic’s “Smell Like Teen Spirit” Bass to Be Auctioned

    Krist Novoselic’s “Smell Like Teen Spirit” Bass to Be Auctioned

    The famed bass played by Krist Novoselic and smashed by Kurt Cobain in Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video is heading to Christie’s in London for an auction later this month. The 1960’s Japanese Zen-On bass was bought by Novoselic from a pawn shop, because he knew it would be destroyed in the video. The... »

  • Steve Metcalf: All-Bass cover of the Chili Peppers’ “Don’t Forget Me”

    Steve Metcalf: All-Bass cover of the Chili Peppers’ “Don’t Forget Me”

    Steve Metcalf has just shared the latest in his epic collection of all-bass covers. And this one came by request. “Someone suggested I cover ‘Don’t Forget Me’ in another RHCP video. Well, I did it,” he said. “The timelapse photography shots are vantage points from my room in downtown LA. I love this city.” This... »

  • Protection Racket Introduces iPad/Tablet Case

    Protection Racket Introduces iPad/Tablet Case

    For bassists who rely on their iPad or tablet computer, Protection Racket has released a new iPad/Tablet case designed to protect your gear. The slim case is built from the company’s Racketex, a high abrasion polyester that resists fading, cracking, shrinking, and is waterproof. Besides a dedicated pocket for your iPad or tablet, the case... »

  • Bootleg Guitars Introduces Dawg Pounder Bass

    Bootleg Guitars Introduces Dawg Pounder Bass

    Jon Hill of Bootleg Guitars decided to get back to basics with his new Dawg Pounder model. “I’ve been preaching simplicity lately: 1 humbucker 1 knob,” the luthier explained. “I feel guitars kinda went through a ‘Big Hair’ phase and I’m back in the garage with the garage bands!” Delivered in a sleek, black satin... »

  • Bass Lesson Round Up: The Top 10 Lessons, Columns and How To’s in October

    Bass Lesson Round Up: The Top 10 Lessons, Columns and How To’s in October

    Just in time for your weekend, here are the 10 most popular how to columns and lessons on No Treble last month. Enjoy! 1. No Bass Amp? A Guide to Hearing Yourself Practice Damian answers this reader question: “My amp and most of my gear got confiscated when I got to college because they said... »

  • Rich Brown: Solo Bass Beauty

    Rich Brown: Solo Bass Beauty

    Facebook friend Michael J. Benham shared this solo bass video of bassist Rich Brown, saying “Just found this guy. Quite amazed that he has remained under the radar.” This solo piece is just beautiful, with amazing technique and a sound that makes you think Rich is using a delay (but isn’t). We haven’t featured Rich... »