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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of May 12

Great bass is alive and well here in No Treble land, from videos to gear new and old to great how to columns.

Here are the top 10 most popular stories, features, videos and columns on No Treble for the week of May 12-18, 2013.

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Fabienne Gilbert: “Come On Come Over” Bass Play-Along

1. Fabienne Gilbert: “Come On Come Over” Bass Play-Along

We don’t feature a ton of bass play-alongs here, but when Francis Allen shared this one, it was too darn funky to ignore. Here’s Fabienne Gilbert laying it down on Jaco Pastorius’ fun and funky tune, “Come On Come Over”…

The Bass Solo: A Guide to Soloing More Freely

2. The Bass Solo: A Guide to Soloing More Freely

In this week’s Ask Damian Erskine column, a reader asks Damian for advice on learning to improvise and play more interesting solos. Damian delivers, as always…

Bass of the Week: KB Guitars Robert Hurst Acoustic Bass

3. Bass of the Week: KB Guitars Robert Hurst Acoustic Bass

Ken Bebensee of KB Guitars made this gorgeous acoustic bass guitar for jazz bassist Robert Hurst, whose work ranges from stints with Wynton Marsalis to being a member of The Tonight Show Band. The 5-string bass brings together elements of a cello and an archtop jazz guitar for a unique hybrid bass…

Ibanez Introduces Mike D’Antonio MDB3 Signature Bass

4. Ibanez Introduces Mike D’Antonio MDB3 Signature Bass

Killswitch Engage’s Mike D’Antonio and Ibanez have teamed up to release the bassist’s third signature model, the MDB3. Based on the company’s Destroyer model, the bass’s mahogany body features beveled edges to provide right arm comfort while picking…

Adam Ben Ezra: “Dear Prudence” Bass Cover

5. Adam Ben Ezra: “Dear Prudence” Bass Cover

Adam Ben Ezra doesn’t need a lot to produce his music. But he does an awful lot, in a most impressive way. Here’s Adam taking on the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” with his upright bass, a loop recorder and his voice… live.

Eric Avery Quits Nine Inch Nails

6. Eric Avery Quits Nine Inch Nails

Eric Avery has announced he’s parting ways with the newly revamped Nine Inch Nails, citing exhaustion from touring with Garbage. The band, whose lineup was unveiled in late February by creator Trent Reznor, has not named a replacement…

Old School: 1966 Höfner 500/1 “Beatle” Bass

7. Old School: 1966 Höfner 500/1 “Beatle” Bass

Bassist, designer and copywriter Adrian Elton shares his beautiful 1966 Höfner 500/1 in our latest Old School feature. And it is a beauty with a great new story…

Crash Kings: Hey Bulldog

8. Crash Kings: Hey Bulldog

It has been nearly two years since we first featured the band known as the Crash Kings. We were immediately drawn in by their story first, and then the music made us big time fans. Here’s the band that set out to “create a big rock sound without a guitar” do just that in this Beatles’ cover…

SmartMusic: A Look at the New Music Education App

9. SmartMusic: A Look at the New Music Education App

SmartMusic’s website is already a fantastic resource for students and educators, and they’ve recently started to expand their software to the iPad. The app allows you to record and listen to your performance, and get a score based on your performance. It even highlights any mistakes you made along the way…

Player Spotlight: Charles Robitaille

10. Player Spotlight: Charles Robitaille

Meet Charles Robitaille, a bassist from Montreal who got a later start in life than many here, but made up for it with hard work and a love for the bass. Charles is our reader in the spotlight for the week of May 13, 2013…