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  • NS Design Announces NXT-Series Omni Bass

    NS Design Announces NXT-Series Omni Bass

    NS Design has introduced an NXT-Series version of their Omni Bass, an electric upright that sports a 34˝ scale like that of a bass guitar. The new instrument is designed for the bass guitarist interested in adding the character and expressiveness of an upright. Available in 4- and 5-string models, the NXT Omni Bass is... »

  • Best of 2012: The Top 10 Bass Gear Stories

    Best of 2012: The Top 10 Bass Gear Stories

    There is no such thing as too much bass gear. We covered a ton in 2012. These ten gear stories were the most read and most shared all year by No Treble readers. 1. Fender Custom Shop: 2012 Bass Models Fender’s Custom Shop announced two new bass models for 2012, including the 2012 Closet Classic... »

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  • Spawn of Possession: Erlend Caspersen Plays Through “Bodiless Sleeper”

    Spawn of Possession: Erlend Caspersen Plays Through “Bodiless Sleeper”

    One of the things I really love about YouTube is that everyone uses it, so it’s easy to find awesome bassists doing their thing. Case in point: Norwegian death metal bassist Erlend Caspersen has an account that he’s filled up with play alongs of the songs he plays. Here’s his play through for Spawn of... »

  • Black Crowes End Hiatus With 2013 Tour

    Black Crowes End Hiatus With 2013 Tour

    The Black Crowes will be breaking a three-year hiatus in 2013 with a Spring tour of the UK and United States. The “Lay Down With Number 13” tour kicks off at the Manchester Academy on March 24th with four more UK dates before hopping the pond to tackle New York City and the U.S. This... »

  • Best of 2012: Top 10 Bass How To’s, Columns and Lessons

    Best of 2012: Top 10 Bass How To’s, Columns and Lessons

    Just in time for your new year’s resolutions, here are the top 10 most popular bass lessons, how to’s and columns from 2012. From practicing and technique to advice on life as a musician, these features should help you make big musical strides in 2013. 1. Finger-Style Funk Bass Lesson: Build Dexterity and Accuracy in... »

  • Gear Review: Kinal SK5-B Bass Guitar

    Gear Review: Kinal SK5-B Bass Guitar

    It’s bass guitar review time once again, and this time we’re checking out the SK5-B made by Michael Kinal of Kinal Guitars. Please bear with the theoretical extrapolations in this review. It might seem like a long review here, but the information will come in handy for you when you start to compare basses, giving... »

  • The Entrance Band with Paz Lenchantin: “Temptation” Live

    The Entrance Band with Paz Lenchantin: “Temptation” Live

    Paz Lenchantin has added mystique and sultriness to every band she’s been in. A former member of A Perfect Circle and Zwan, she knows how to groove. Here’s a cool fan shot video of The Entrance Band playing “Temptation” in Oakland in 2010. Lenchantin locks in perfectly with the drums to propel the song with... »

  • Best of 2012: The Top 10 Bass Reader Spotlights

    Best of 2012: The Top 10 Bass Reader Spotlights

    We love the Reader Spotlight feature here at No Treble HQ, because we get to feature an amazing bassist from our community every week. Here are our top 10 most popular bassists in the spotlight for 2012, based on readership. If you haven’t submitted your story to us, we hope you will (here’s the interview... »

  • Wearing a Ring while Playing: A Discussion for Bass Players

    Wearing a Ring while Playing: A Discussion for Bass Players

    Q: I’m getting married soon and thought about how much wearing a wedding ring could affect my playing. I suppose it takes some time to adjust to it anyway, but I’m especially thinking about fret and string noise, or neck scratches. I noticed that you play with a wedding ring yourself and seem pretty comfortable... »

  • Stephane Barral: Upright Slap Bass Improv

    Stephane Barral: Upright Slap Bass Improv

    Here’s some sweet double bass action by Stephane Barral. His right hand technique is so fast, it looks like a blur! »