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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of June 30

Serious bass stuff right here, AKA your top 10 list of bass-focused stories, how-to’s and videos on No Treble for the week of June 30, 2013.

Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing!

Bass Centre Introduces Jaco Pastorius Tribute Bass

1. Bass Centre Introduces Jaco Pastorius Tribute Bass

The Bass Centre is paying tribute to the late great Jaco Pastorius with their new Portrait Bass. Based on their Jive Bass, the latest addition to the Bass Collection range features a lined fretless rosewood fingerboard and Solar Flare finish…

Focus on Breathing: An Essential Guide for Bass Players

2. Focus on Breathing: An Essential Guide for Bass Players

So many of us play with unneeded tension and spend a great deal of time trying to remedy this. We spend untold hours searching for the freedom of motion that will allow us to transcend our instrument. One aspect of tension that is sometimes overlooked is a player’s breathing…

Travel Tips for Bass Players

3. Travel Tips for Bass Players

Damian shares his tips on travel – flying, driving, hotels, gear, health and the rest in this new Ask Damian Erskine column…

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in June

4. Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in June

A roundup of the top 10 most read, commented and shared bass gear stories on No Treble for the month of June, 2013…

Jaco Pastorius Trio: “Black Market” (March 1986)

5. Jaco Pastorius Trio: “Black Market” (March 1986)

In 1986, Jaco Pastorius toured Europe in a trio with guitarist Bireli Lagrene and different drummers. Thankfully, someone had a video camera, so we can watch it now…

Fender Now Offering Precision and Jazz Bass Replacement Bodies and Necks

6. Fender Now Offering Precision and Jazz Bass Replacement Bodies and Necks

Fender has announced a new line of replacement bodies and necks, produced at their manufacturing facilities in both Corona, California and Mexico. The parts come with the exact specifications as those used in their full American and Standard series instruments. So far, Fender is offering Precision and Jazz bodies and necks…

Norm Stockton: “Star Spangled Banner” Solo Bass Performance

7. Norm Stockton: “Star Spangled Banner” Solo Bass Performance

In honor of Independence Day, we celebrate the only way we know how, musically speaking. Norm Stockton’s solo bass performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” is just perfect for the occasion…

Bass of the Week: Ramsay Musical Instruments Aurora NW6BP

8. Bass of the Week: Ramsay Musical Instruments Aurora NW6BP

When Bryan Acampo sent us a photo of his bass, and I knew we had to feature it. Bryan plays an Aurora NW6BP bass, by the London-based Ramsay Musical Instruments. The single-cut, neck-thru bass features ash body wings, an alder/mahogany tone block, and a birdseye poplar top for a stunning display…

Newsted Previews New Album with Free Download

9. Newsted Previews New Album with Free Download

After a hugely successful EP, Newsted is previewing their first full-length album Heavy Metal Music with a free download of the first single, “Heroic Dose”…

Ben Shepherd Announces Solo Debut, Preview Track

10. Ben Shepherd Announces Solo Debut, Preview Track

Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd is preparing to step out on his own with his solo debut album later this summer. His new project, which will be under the moniker HBS, started as a only voice and acoustic guitar, but collaborations with drummers Matt Cameron and Matt Chamberlain quickly expanded the effort’s sonic palette…