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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of April 7

Our top ten this week included two different stories about prolific bassists giving their basses away: Geddy Lee’s Fender Jazz to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and Marcus Miller’s long list of basses to support UNESCO.

There was another trend of things coming in pairs this week, including two videos related to Pino Palladino. The first being Pino teaming up with Questlove for the Bonnaroo Superjam, and then Marta Altesa’s impressive play-along to Pino’s incredible fretless work on Paul Young’s “Everytime You Go Away”.

That, plus some of the most popular gear, a top 10 list of videos and more make up this list of the most read stories on No Treble for the week of April 7 – 13, 2013.

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Geddy Lee Gives Bass to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1. Geddy Lee Gives Bass to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In advance of Rush’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this month, Geddy Lee has given one of his basses to the Hall’s museum: the Fender bass he used in the recording of “Tom Sawyer” from the 1981 album Moving Pictures

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

2. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (March 2013)

Brace yourself… this is a lot of really really great bass you’re about to witness, all at once. Otherwise known as the top 10 list of most watched videos on No Treble for March, 2013…

Epiphone Announces Limited Edition TV Pelham Blue Bass Collection, Including EB-3

3. Epiphone Announces Limited Edition TV Pelham Blue Bass Collection, Including EB-3

Epiphone is paying tribute to the old school with a limited edition of six of their models in TV Pelham Blue, a color finish that was first introduced in the ’60s. The color was offered as a custom option in its heyday and as such is rare to find on vintage instruments…

Bonnaroo 2012 Superjam with Questlove, D’Angelo, Pino Palladino and More

4. Bonnaroo 2012 Superjam with Questlove, D’Angelo, Pino Palladino and More

During the 2012 Bonnaroo festival, the Superjam was set up by The Roots drummer Questlove. Questlove recruited Pino Palladino to play bass, setting the stage for some real magic. Questlove said Pino is “the second coming of James Jamerson…”

Old School: 1958 Fender Precision Bass

5. Old School: 1958 Fender Precision Bass

When we first met Phil Smallwood, he mentioned to us something about his old gear. The next day, he showed up at No Treble HQ with a 1958 Fender Precision Bass. We tried to figure out a way to ask him if we could borrow it, but opted instead to get some photos and the story. Here it is…

Marta Altesa: Paul Young’s “Everytime You Go Away” Play-Along

6. Marta Altesa: Paul Young’s “Everytime You Go Away” Play-Along

When we first featured bassist Marta Altesa, she knocked us out with her Jamiroquai play-along. The video showcased her great playing, but what really blew us away was that she started playing bass less than three years ago. Marta stunned us again her first attempt at playing a tune on fretless…

Ibanez Adds 6-String to Grooveline Bass Series

7. Ibanez Adds 6-String to Grooveline Bass Series

Ibanez has extended their Grooveline series with the introduction of the G106, a six-string version of the ergonomically-minded model. Made in Ibanez’s Japanese factory, the bass is designed for optimized balance in sitting and standing positions…

Fender Unveils Cabronita Precision Bass

8. Fender Unveils Cabronita Precision Bass

Fender has announced the Cabronita Precision bass, a take on their original bass model with a flair from their Cabronita series. The bass sports an alder body that comes in 2-color sunburst, black, or Candy Apple Red. The Cabronita Precision Bass is fitted with a single FideliTron humbucking bass pickup with classic Volume and Tone…

Marcus Miller Selling Personal Basses For UNESCO Project

9. Marcus Miller Selling Personal Basses For UNESCO Project

Just when you thought Marcus Miller couldn’t get any cooler, he tops himself. The legendary bassist was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace last month, and is now selling off several of his personal basses to help fund a special project with the organization…

Bass of the Week: SimpleBass e4 Fretless Bass

10. Bass of the Week: SimpleBass e4 Fretless Bass

After 20 years of playing a fretless Jazz Bass, Italian bassist Roberto Musso decided it was time to spice things up. That’s when he designed the SimpleBass e4, a 4-string fretless model with an extended fingerboard and a sleek body shape. The result is a lightweight, balanced bass…