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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of February 24

No Treble readership just keeps going up up up, thanks in large part to the gear stories, how to’s, lessons and videos like those below.

Here’s our top 10 for the week of February 24 – March 2, 2013. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing.

Simon Fitzpatrick: “Bohemian Rhapsody” for Solo Bass Guitar

1. Simon Fitzpatrick: “Bohemian Rhapsody” for Solo Bass Guitar

Almost two years ago, we featured a video of Simon Fitzpatrick performing a live bass arrangement of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Simon is back with a new version, which reminds us of how epic Simon is.

Bass Strings: To Change Or Not To Change

2. Bass Strings: To Change Or Not To Change

For years, bass players have debated the concept of changing strings and most people have asked the same questions: Doesn’t it change the sound of the instrument? Does the funk disappear? How can someone get good tone playing strings that are a year old? Ryan shares her thoughts and asks for you to weigh in too in her latest column…

NS Design Announces CR5 Radius Bass Guitar

3. NS Design Announces CR5 Radius Bass Guitar

NS Design excited the bass community at last year’s NAMM show by unveiling the NS Radius Bass Guitar. This year, the company has introduced a production version of the headless bass. Made in the Czech Republic, the CR5 Model shares all the same dimensions as its U.S. counterpart…

Bass Fretboard Workbook: Essential Music Principles and Concepts for Fretboard Mastery

4. Bass Fretboard Workbook: Essential Music Principles and Concepts for Fretboard Mastery

Hal Leonard announced a few new bass-focused books at this year’s NAMM Show, including a new one by author Chad Johnson. For many bassists, complete fretboard knowledge is lacking. Bass Fretboard Workbook – Essential Music Principles and Concepts for Fretboard Mastery was written to overcome these unknown spots with Johnson’s method for becoming comfortable with the whole neck…

Stage Volume: Turn Up and Play Light (and Other Considerations)

5. Stage Volume: Turn Up and Play Light (and Other Considerations)

Damian answers a reader’s question about cutting through the mix, without killing your hands (or your ears)…

Aubrey Harris (aka BassGirl): “Crossroads”, with Keith Urban at ACA

6. Aubrey Harris (aka BassGirl): “Crossroads”, with Keith Urban at ACA

Since we first featured bassist Aubrey Harris just about two years ago, we’ve known here simply as “BassGirl”. And for two years, she’s been impressing No Treble readers – including us. Back in December, Aubrey hit the big stage at the American Country Awards and backing Keith Urban…

Pigtronix Introduces Three New Bass Effects Pedals

7. Pigtronix Introduces Three New Bass Effects Pedals

Pigtronix debuted three new bass-centric effects pedals at NAMM this year: the Bass Fat Drive, the Philosopher Bass Compressor, and the Bass Envelope Phaser. Each is a tweaked version of one their existing products that have been fine-tuned for bassists…

Jackson Introduces Quilted Maple Top Concert Basses

8. Jackson Introduces Quilted Maple Top Concert Basses

Jackson’s Concert Bass series has grown this year with the introduction of the JS3QM and JS3VQM models. The new versions take all the features of their brethren and add a quilted maple top. The JS3QM and JS3VQM Concert Basses feature basswood bodies, bolt-on maple necks, and 24-fret, compound-radius rosewood fingerboards…

Bass of the Week: Line 6 Variax Bass 700

9. Bass of the Week: Line 6 Variax Bass 700

This week we take a look at the Line 6 Variax Bass 700, an interesting bass that was produced during the 2000’s. It included special modeling software to reproduce tons of classic bass sounds, ranging from a ’61 Jazz Bass to a ’03 Thumb to bass synths…

Expanded Harmonics: More on Locations and Patterns

10. Expanded Harmonics: More on Locations and Patterns

Dr. D expands on his last column with a straightforward look at the specific harmonics that can be found at the end of the fingerboard on each string…