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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of March 10

The best of the best in bass. Here are the top 10 most read stories and how-to’s and the most watched videos for the week of March 10 – 16, 2013.

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Jan Urbanec: Acid Jazz Fingerstyle/Slap Bass Groove

1. Jan Urbanec: Acid Jazz Fingerstyle/Slap Bass Groove

I’ve been following Czech bass player Jan Urbanec for many years now. As great as his videos are, they don’t have a lot of views. Maybe we can change that. Check out this cool acid jazz groove. Or as Jan calls it, “Just two grooves.” The only thing better would be if it was longer.

Boutique Basses: Are They Worth It?

2. Boutique Basses: Are They Worth It?

In his week Ask Damian Erskine column, Damian offers his take (and kicks off a great discussion with readers) on the subject of choosing a bass – and whether boutique basses are worth it.

Top 10 Cover Tune Videos Arranged for Bass - 4th Edition

3. Top 10 Cover Tune Videos Arranged for Bass – 4th Edition

One way to make a tune better is to turn it into an all-bass arrangement (or at least a bass-focused version). That may sound simple, but as you’ll see in the videos below, it often takes a remarkable combination of skill and musicianship. Sometimes going so far to seem impossible, even with the video proof…

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (February 2013)

4. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (February 2013)

February may be the shortest month, but there was no shortage of great bass videos! Not only that, but look at this list – the diversity is pretty amazing. Here are the top 10 most watched videos on No Treble for February, 2013…

Marcelo Feldman: “Beat It” Solo Bass Arrangement

5. Marcelo Feldman: “Beat It” Solo Bass Arrangement

When we first featured Marcelo Feldman he was covering Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There”. This time he’s tackling Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”. Watch for his rendition of the guitar solo played on a green-stringed Stingray.

Warwick Releases Limited Edition Thumb BO LTD 2013

6. Warwick Releases Limited Edition Thumb BO LTD 2013

Warwick’s limited edition bass this year is the Thumb BO LTD 2013, an upgraded version of the company’s existing model. Available in 4- and 5-string versions, the new model features bolt-on construction and is crafted from FSC certified woods…

Ibanez Refreshes Artcore Series Basses

7. Ibanez Refreshes Artcore Series Basses

Ibanez has updated their Artcore series of basses with the AGB205 and the AFB200SRD. As part of the Artcore line, the acoustic/electric basses follow vintage aesthetic and sport 30.3˝ scales. The AFB200SRD is built constructed with a 3-piece maple/mahogany neck, a maple body, and a bound rosewood fingerboard…

Player Spotlight: Jukka Haavisto

8. Player Spotlight: Jukka Haavisto

Meet bassist Jukka Haavisto, who hails from Finland and keeps a busy routine as a full-time bassist. Jukka is our player in the spotlight for the week of March 11, 2013…

Bass of the Week: CallowHill Guitars MDM

9. Bass of the Week: CallowHill Guitars MDM

This week we check out the CallowHill Guitars’ flagship bass, the MDM. The MDM was born out of three separate instrument models, and eventually evolved into a single model with several options. The MDM is offered in 5- and 6-string versions…

Earplugs… A Love-Hate Relationship (Part 1: Options)

10. Earplugs… A Love-Hate Relationship (Part 1: Options)

Ryan Madora kicks off a new series on the love-hate relationship we bassists have for earplugs. Readers responded with a lot of their own impressions too…