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Weekly Top Ten: The Top Bass Stories, Videos and How-To’s for the Week of April 21

Here are the top 10 most viewed stories and videos by No Treble readers for the week of April 21-27, 2013.

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Fender Introduces Classic Series Precision and Jazz Basses with Lacquer Finishes

1. Fender Introduces Classic Series Precision and Jazz Basses with Lacquer Finishes

Fender has expanded their bass lineup with the Classic Series ’60’s Jazz Bass Lacquer and Classic Series ’50s Precision Bass Lacquer. In following with the series, the basses pay homage to their vintage counterparts and distinguish themselves with period-correct gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finishes…

Improving your Technique: Habits and Awareness for Bass Players

2. Improving your Technique: Habits and Awareness for Bass Players

Most bassists are looking to improve some aspect of their technique. Certainly if there is something in our technique that is creating a problem, physical or musical, then we need to make a change. Sometimes this is a major change, other times this is simply a refinement. Dr. D shares some thoughts in his latest Lowdown column…

Fret-King Announces STVDIO Country Squire Semitone Bass

3. Fret-King Announces STVDIO Country Squire Semitone Bass

Fret-King will be adding to their high-end, one-off STVDIO series of instruments this fall with the introduction of the Country Squire Semitone Bass. The singlecut, bolt-on bass features a pair of designer Trev Wilkinson’s new JM pickups wired to a 3-way toggle switch…

Rocco Prestia Facing Health Issues, Needs Kidney Transplant

4. Rocco Prestia Facing Health Issues, Needs Kidney Transplant

Rocco Prestia is facing serious health issues again, according to reports shared on Tower of Power’s website and Facebook page. The bassist, who is famed for his unique 16th note finger-style funk playing, is in need of a kidney transplant…

Jens Ritter Introduces R8-Concept Fretless Bass

5. Jens Ritter Introduces R8-Concept Fretless Bass

Jens Ritter has expanded on the idea of his R8-Singlecut bass with the R8-Concept Fretless Bass. The new models set themselves apart by utilizing the Ritter Backside Tuning System, which puts the tuning machines on the back of the bass’s body while accepting standard single-ball strings…

Player Spotlight: Nenne Effe

6. Player Spotlight: Nenne Effe

Meet Nenne Effe, a musician who took up bass later in her life, after starting on guitar. We’re glad she decided to join the good team. Nenne an engaging and entertaining person, as we’re sure you’ll see when you read her story…

Bass of the Week: Brett Wall’s “ThunderBacker”

7. Bass of the Week: Brett Wall’s “ThunderBacker”

Brett Wall has been making his own basses ever since he started playing. He dropped us an email with a couple of his latest creations including what he calls The ThunderBacker. The dual-course, 8-string bass brings together elements of a Rickenbacker, a Thunderbird and a Precision bass for a unique blend and stunning design…

Johan Hansén-Larson: KNOWER’s “Gotta Be Another Way” Bass Playalong

8. Johan Hansén-Larson: KNOWER’s “Gotta Be Another Way” Bass Playalong

Johan Hansén-Larson sent us this new video of himself playing along with “Gotta Be Another Way” by the Los Angeles electronica duo KNOWER. The bassist adapts the synth line to make a cooking and catchy bass line to jam along with the track, adding beautiful chords during the breakdowns…

D&A Introduces IceStand Collapsable Bass and Guitar Stand

9. D&A Introduces IceStand Collapsable Bass and Guitar Stand

D&A has announced the IceStand, a foldable stand for basses and guitars. Available in Acoustic and Electric versions, the IceStand is a take on the company’s flagship GigStand that features a clear material to unveil its structure. The IceStand opens in two steps to offer a cradle with a three-point base and non-slip polymer materials…

Weather Report: Barbary Coast (1976)

10. Weather Report: Barbary Coast (1976)

When Jaco Pastorius joined Weather Report, they were close to finishing Black Market, which had been recorded up to that point by bassist Alphonso Johnson. Jaco played on two tracks on that album, which included one of his own compositions, “Barbary Coast”. Here’s a live performance early on in Jaco’s tenure with the band…