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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of April 28

Another week ends, but that’s okay with us… because it is time for another top 10 list of bass goodness.

Here are the most read stories and how-to’s, and the most watched videos on No Treble this week. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing!

Squier Introduces Precision Bass PJ Model to Affinity Series

1. Squier Introduces Precision Bass PJ Model to Affinity Series

Squier is adding to their Affinity Series this year with a new Precision Bass PJ model. Building on a traditional P-bass style, the new bass includes a single-coil Jazz Bass pickup in the bridge position for further tonal variety…

Right Hand Technique for Bassists: Expanding Your Finger Patterns

2. Right Hand Technique for Bassists: Expanding Your Finger Patterns

In this week’s Ask Damian Erskine column, a reader asks how he can improve his playing using the three-finger technique, while maintaining use of his thumb. Damian delivers the goods…

Bass of the Week: Christopher Woods Guitars Wizard Bass

3. Bass of the Week: Christopher Woods Guitars Wizard Bass

This week we check out the Wizard by Christopher Woods Guitars. Woods got his start working for Michael Tobias, and started building under his own name in 2000 on a custom basis. The Wizard is one striking bass. Check out the bass of the week…

DBZ Guitars Now Shipping Hailfire Basses

4. DBZ Guitars Now Shipping Hailfire Basses

DBZ Guitars is now shipping the Hailfire bass, available in Standard and Flame Maple versions. The company describes the new model as “classic-meets-modern”, with an old school body shape that’s been reshaped with modern contours and balancing…

ESP Introduces Tommy Stinson Signature Basses

5. ESP Introduces Tommy Stinson Signature Basses

Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson has a new line of signature basses from ESP as part of their Artist Series instruments. While the basses share many qualities, the ESP Tommy Stinson Bass is built in the company’s custom shop while the TS-4 runs as part of their LTD lineup…

One Man Band: Giulio Carmassi Performs Brecker Brothers “Slick Stuff”

6. One Man Band: Giulio Carmassi Performs Brecker Brothers “Slick Stuff”

In this video Giulio Carmassi not only covers Will Lee’s bass part in “Slick Stuff” by the Brecker Brothers, he covers everything else as well. Talk about a multi-instrumentalist!

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in April

7. Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in April

Time for another top 10 gear list! Our usual disclaimer applies: may cause G.A.S. These are the top ten most read, commented and shared bass gear stories on No Treble in April…

Herbie Hancock with Christian McBride: Watermelon Man

8. Herbie Hancock with Christian McBride: Watermelon Man

There’s just no way to describe just how epic Christian McBride is on bass. This video does him justice though. Herbie Hancock was featured on Elvis Costello’s “Spectacle” TV show back in February 2009. As part of the show, Herbie took the stage with McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins and performed “Watermelon Man”…

Josh “Bass Mountain” Townsend: For My Father

9. Josh “Bass Mountain” Townsend: For My Father

Josh “Bass Mountain” Townsend sent in this very personal performance of his original song, “For My Father.” He wrote the song without understanding what it was about until his father passed away. This is a touching tune, and a great reminder for us all…

Dean Introduces USA Jeff Berlin Basic Bass

10. Dean Introduces USA Jeff Berlin Basic Bass

Dean Guitars has released a new bass to their Signature Series with the USA Jeff Berlin Basic. Made in the USA, the new model scales things back from the Patchwork bass while keeping the design’s strengths in place….