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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of January 13

Gear coverage is cranking up as we get closer to the NAMM show this week, and plenty of gear made this week’s top 10.

Here our the most read stories, lessons and the most watched videos on No Treble for the week of January 13-19, 2013.

Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing!

TC Electronic Announces Ditto Looper Pedal

1. TC Electronic Announces Ditto Looper Pedal

TC Electronic is getting back to the basics with the Ditto Looper, a looping pedal that keeps things simple with only a footswitch and a level control. The Ditto allows for five minutes of looping with unlimited overdubs to create full arrangements…

What Makes A Great Bassist? Part 3: Defining Groove

2. What Makes A Great Bassist? Part 3: Defining Groove

As bassists, one of our main goals is to make the band groove. The only problem is that the term can be vague. Many young players that begin their quest for the elusive groove are met with descriptions like, “If you have to ask, you’ll never know.” So we ask, how do you define groove?

How to Improve Your Phrasing

3. How to Improve Your Phrasing

Damian tackles this question in his weekly column: “I’m looking to make my phrasing more dynamic. What would you suggest?”

Victor Wooten Announces February 2013 Tour Dates

4. Victor Wooten Announces February 2013 Tour Dates

Victor Wooten has announced the first tour dates of 2013 in support of his latest releases Words and Tones and Sword and Stone. The band will be trekking across the West Coast through February, including a two night stay at Yoshi’s in Oakland, California…

Making Resolutions: A Guide for Bass Players

5. Making Resolutions: A Guide for Bass Players

Although it seems most people have given up on the practice of making New Year’s resolutions, some musicians still make music-related resolutions. While the intent is laudable, it is unlikely that such “resolutions” will have a positive end result. Dr. D breaks down his suggestions for a better approach in 2013…

EBS Announces Billy Sheehan Signature Drive Pedal

6. EBS Announces Billy Sheehan Signature Drive Pedal

EBS will be debuting their latest offering for bassists at next week’s NAMM Show, the Billy Sheehan Signature Drive Pedal. Designed along with the bassist himself, the new pedal mixes clean and distorted signals together to preserve low frequencies to “find balance between distortion and definition.”…

Munir Hossn and Tedy Santana: De rua pra rua!

7. Munir Hossn and Tedy Santana: De rua pra rua!

Damian Erskine sent this to us with the headline “Killer Groove.” Coming from Damian, that means something! Here’s a tricked out tune from bassist Munir Hossn and drummer Tedy Santana called “De Rua Pra Rua!” from an upcoming album entitled Tambour du Prince…

Bass of the Week: Ibanez BTB776PB

8. Bass of the Week: Ibanez BTB776PB

This week we look at the Ibanez BTB776PB, a six-string bass featuring a hot poplar burl top. Ibanez created the BTB line to create a boutique feel by implementing the same concepts without the boutique price. The line, including the BTB776PB, features a 35˝ scale, select body materials, neck-thru construction, and deep cutaways…

Sadowsky Releases Onboard Bass Preamp Assembly

9. Sadowsky Releases Onboard Bass Preamp Assembly

Sadowsky has introduced a new onboard bass preamp that comes prewired and offers the same controls and preamp as all Sadowsky basses. The controls include Volume, Pan, Vintage Tone Control, Treble, and Bass. Pulling up on the tone control bypasses the preamp…

Dunlop Releases MXR M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe

10. Dunlop Releases MXR M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe

Dunlop’s new chorus pedal is described by the company as “powered by pure analog bucket-brigade technology”. The MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe includes top-mounted Flanger and X-Over buttons with LED status indicators. The pedal’s “X-Over Mode” offers up decreased modulation in the lower frequencies…