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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of February 17

Last week was a record-breaking one for No Treble and readership, thanks in large part to the top 10 stories and videos that made this top 10 list.

Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing. It means a lot to us.

Marta Altesa: “Time Won’t Wait” Jamiroquai Play-Along

1. Marta Altesa: “Time Won’t Wait” Jamiroquai Play-Along

Holy smokes. How have we missed Marta Altesa all this time? Once again, our friend Sylvain Gros-Desormeaux sent us a gem of a video, saying, “This cover is very good. Killing tone, perfect timing, I love the smile on [Marta’s] face…” Marta is playing along to Jamiroquai’s “Time Won’t Wait” on her MusicMan StingRay 5….

Bass of the Week: Stash Stainless Bass Guitar

2. Bass of the Week: Stash Stainless Bass Guitar

While perusing Facebook, I stumbled upon this uber-sleek, uber-unique instrument: The Stash Stainless Bass Guitar. Designed and built by Stanislaw Potyrala in Mississauga, Ontario, the bass is made entirely of stainless steel, which the company says improves stiffness, mechanical and environmental stability, sound quality and tunability…

Advanced Bass Fretboard Knowledge with the Pentatonic Scale

3. Advanced Bass Fretboard Knowledge with the Pentatonic Scale

Last time, we took a look at some basic exercises aimed at expanding fretboard knowledge through the use of the pentatonic scale. For this lesson, we’ll cover more advanced patterns and build on what we’ve started in the first part…

Playing Through Changes with Arpeggios: Exercises for Bassists

4. Playing Through Changes with Arpeggios: Exercises for Bassists

Many of my past columns have focused on answer readers’ questions related to playing through changes. So for this week’s column, I decided to put together the video below to cover a few approaches to getting comfortable with changes, through the use of arpeggios…

Setting Yourself Up For Success In The Practice Shed (Part 2)

5. Setting Yourself Up For Success In The Practice Shed (Part 2)

Guest columnist Adam Nitti wraps up his two-part series on building a successful practice routine…

Lőrincz Viktor: Vikofunk

6. Lőrincz Viktor: Vikofunk

It has been almost two years since we featured bassist Lőrincz Viktor and his Boomerang Competition Bass Solo video (which knocked everyone out). Lőrincz is back with a new video and tune called “Vikofunk”, recorded on his Modulus FB5. Lőrincz is having fun and showing off his incredible technique once again.

Ernie Ball Introduces Classic Sabre Bass

7. Ernie Ball Introduces Classic Sabre Bass

After a limited release for their Premier Dealer Network, Ernie Ball has reissued the Music Man Sabre as a standard model. The original Sabre, first introduced in 1978, was Music Man’s first dual humbucking bass. The new Classic Sabre is the first production of the instrument in twenty years and brings back the vintage design…

Sean Martinez: “Shards of Scorched Flesh” Rings of Saturn Bass Play-Along

8. Sean Martinez: “Shards of Scorched Flesh” Rings of Saturn Bass Play-Along

Extreme death metal bassist Sean Martinez does a play-through of the song “Shards of Scorched Flesh” by his band Rings of Saturn. Hold on to your hats. Things are going to get heavy.

ESP Introduces LTD BB-4 Bass

9. ESP Introduces LTD BB-4 Bass

ESP Guitars unveiled a host of new basses at NAMM this year, including the LTD BB-4. Available in Natural and Black finishes, the new model features neck-thru construction, a P/J pickup configuration, and active/passive electronics. The ESP LTD BB-4 is built with a 5-piece maple and walnut neck with an alder/swamp ash body…

Player Spotlight: Adam Neely

10. Player Spotlight: Adam Neely

Meet Adam Neely, a bass player living in Brooklyn, NY and keeping busy with a music-filled calendar. Kevin featured Adam during our Featured Reader Video week, with a video of his band, Inside//Outside. We enjoyed learning more about this exciting bassist with his spotlight submission…