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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of November 25

Here are the most read bass stories, lessons, videos and more, for the week of November 25 – December 1, 2012.

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Bass of the Week: MechBass

1. Bass of the Week: MechBass

Science just got a whole lot cooler thanks to Victoria University of Wellington engineering student James McVay. As part of Bachelor’s degree, McVay designed and built the MechBass, a 4-string robotic bass guitar. And yes, it rocks. Built with lasercut and 3D-printed parts, MechBass has four separate units for each string controlled with PCBs…

Giveaway: Win a BH250 Head and BC210 Cabinet

2. Giveaway: Win a BH250 Head and BC210 Cabinet

Don’t Miss Out: TC Electronic and No Treble are teaming up for an ultimate gear contest! One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a TC Electronic BH250 Head and BC210 Cabinet. Five runners up prize winners will receive a coveted No Treble t-shirt, sticker pack and bumper stickers. Enter to win, no later than December 14…

Pipoquinha: IB&T Bass Festival Solo Performance

3. Pipoquinha: IB&T Bass Festival Solo Performance

A little over two years ago, we shared a video of Pipoquinha, a young bassist from Brazil. In that video, Pipoquinha was just 13 years old, but played (and sang) well beyond his years. Check out what this exciting young bassist has done more recently…

Metronomes: The Debate for Bassists

4. Metronomes: The Debate for Bassists

This week’s Ask Damian Question: What do u think about Jeff Berlin’s approach to teaching music, specifically: no metronomes?

Ernie Ball/Music Man Unveils Sledge Basses, Including Sabre Reissue

5. Ernie Ball/Music Man Unveils Sledge Basses, Including Sabre Reissue

Ernie Ball/Music Man has unveiled the Sledge basses, a new special offering available through their Premier Dealer Network. Designed in conjunction with Tony Levin, the Music Man Sledge has a custom metallic flake finish that shifts colors depending on your viewing angle…

The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” Bass And Drums Cover

6. The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” Bass And Drums Cover

We love it when bassist work together, and this is video is a reason why. Swiss bassist Sebastiano Mereu collaborated with Jasmine from Hong Kong (AKA deppwaswho) and drummer Fabio from Switzerland (AKA PingaloBIll) to make this sweet version of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”. Such a good groove.

Steve Harris: Us Against the World

7. Steve Harris: Us Against the World

In late September, Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris released his first solo album entitled British Lion. Now he’s put out a music video for the first single, “Us Against the World”. The project is a bit of a step away from Iron Maiden, but Harris’ ballsy bass tone is still the center of the music.

Edmond Gilmore: “Port Of Entry” Weather Report/Jaco Pastorius Play-along

8. Edmond Gilmore: “Port Of Entry” Weather Report/Jaco Pastorius Play-along

Bassist Edmond Gilmore is a bassist we’ve featured before, and one who loves to take on Jaco Pastorius bass lines and tunes. Here’s Edmond performing along to the Weather Report tune, “Port of Entry”. Great stuff, as usual.

New School: Mike Dimin

9. New School: Mike Dimin

Mike Dimin is a bassist that focuses on stretching what he calls “The Chordal Approach.” Inspired in part by jazz guitarist Joe Pass, Dimin took his knowledge of melody, harmony, and rhythm to start making chord-melody arrangements of songs for bass. Check out our interview with Mike…

Richard Bona: Continuum

10. Richard Bona: Continuum

Jaco’s birthday was December 1st, so we’re thinking a lot about the “world’s greatest bass player” around here. And so here’s an audio track of Richard Bona playing one of Jaco’s compositions, “Continuum”. (He throws in some extra Jaco stuff too). So much bass greatness, all in one spot.