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

Of all the stories, videos and how-to’s we posted over the last week, these ones reign supreme for No Treble readers.

Here is your top 10 for the week of March 17-23, 2013.

Bass of the Week: Amfisound “Hellbass”

1. Bass of the Week: Amfisound “Hellbass”

Our friend Greg B. emailed me with a few shots of his bass, and I couldn’t wait to share it. Greg’s axe was built by Finnish luthier Sampo Leppävuori of Amfisound, who based it after their Kuru model. The six-stringer – dubbed the “Hellbass” – has two personalities…

Lucas Pimentel: 6/8

2. Lucas Pimentel: 6/8

Here’s Brazilian bassist Lucas Pimentel playing a looped chordal groove in 6/8 – simply entitled “6/8” – and soloing over it in style…

GFS Pickups Introduces REDactive Bass Pickups

3. GFS Pickups Introduces REDactive Bass Pickups

GFS Pickups has announced new REDactive series of pickups, including Jazz and P Bass styles. The pickups are low impedance, noiseless models with internal preamplifiers. Each pickup is vintage voiced and “position calibrated” by their coils and the internal preamplifier. Beyond standard configurations, each pickup can be matched with REDactive components…

Warwick Introduces RockBass Vampyre Dark Lord

4. Warwick Introduces RockBass Vampyre Dark Lord

Warwick has added to their RockBass series with the Vampyre Dark Lord, a 35˝ scale bass built for extra low tuning. From lowest strings to highest, the Dark Lord is tuned F#, B, E, A, which the company says gives it a “diabolic sound character”…

Phil Jones Bass Announces H-850 Headphones

5. Phil Jones Bass Announces H-850 Headphones

Phil Jones Bass has introduced the H-850 headphones, a pair of headphones designed with bassists in mind the company says bridges the gap between “high-quality music and deep clear bass.” Designed for practice, studio and casual listening, the set utilizes 40mm neodymium magnets and closed back acoustic loading for clear sound reproduction…

Antonio Angotti: Panic Superstition Bass Cover

6. Antonio Angotti: Panic Superstition Bass Cover

Antonio Angotti shared this interesting mashup with us, with the bassist playing Chris Wolstenholme’s bass line from Muse’s “Panic Station” against Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”. Very cool… and a little mind-bending too.

Marleaux Bass Guitars Introduces Votan XS Deluxe Model

7. Marleaux Bass Guitars Introduces Votan XS Deluxe Model

German luthier Gerald Marleaux has introduced a new model for 2013 named the Votan XS Deluxe. Continuing on the traditionally inspired Votan series, the XS Deluxe features a slim birdseye maple neck and a smaller solid African Dibetou hardwood body…

The Bass Guitarist’s Guide to Reading Music

8. The Bass Guitarist’s Guide to Reading Music

Stuart Clayton has authored three new books for Bassline Publishing’s Bass Essentials series, aimed at helping bassists master the fundamentals of reading music. The Bass Guitarist’s Guide to Reading Music includes beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, to allow bassists to choose the ones best suited to their current skill level…

Playing Bass: To Right a Left or Leave It Right

9. Playing Bass: To Right a Left or Leave It Right

Damian answers an interesting reader question, and kicks off a great discussion with readers this week…

Player Spotlight: Taylor Lee

10. Player Spotlight: Taylor Lee

Meet bassist Taylor Lee, who has a lot of great stories to tell, including how he got his gig, who gave him his main bass and how he switched from guitar to bass as soon as he heard Jaco’s debut. Taylor is the player in the spotlight for the week of March 18, 2013…