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

Last week was a good one in the land of the low end, including Geddy Lee’s 60th birthday (and the celebratory video that went with it). Here are the top 10 most popular stories, features and videos – decided by you – for the week of July 28 – August 3, 2013.

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Federico Malaman: “Do I Do” Bass Cover

1. Federico Malaman: “Do I Do” Bass Cover

Federico Malaman just nails these all-bass covers. Here’s a new one from him, performing his take on Stevie Wonder’s “Do I Do”…

Ruokangas Expands Steambass Series with 5-String Model

2. Ruokangas Expands Steambass Series with 5-String Model

Finnish manufacturer Ruokangas Guitars has announced the Steambass 5, a new 5-string version of their flagship bass model. Similar to its predecessor, the Steambass 5 comes in Classic and Deluxe models, which differ in body construction. The Classic is built with an alder body, while the Deluxe offers a Spanish Cedar body and Arctic Birch…

Song Exclusive: Vulfpeck’s “The Birdwatcher” from Upcoming Album

3. Song Exclusive: Vulfpeck’s “The Birdwatcher” from Upcoming Album

Vulpeck is releasing My First Car on Tuesday, and we have an exclusive first track from the upcoming album. My First Car is the third album by the group of studio musicians-turned-band…

Bass of the Week: C. Eller UT2

4. Bass of the Week: C. Eller UT2

This week we check out an innovative design out of Germany by C. Eller Design. The UT2’s striking body shape was ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in both standing and sitting position, while the lower cutaway allows for access all the way up to the bass’s 24th fret…

Rush: “La Villa Strangiato”, Live (1978)

5. Rush: “La Villa Strangiato”, Live (1978)

In celebration of Geddy Lee’s 60th birthday, we thought we’d go back to some early years Rush, and ultimately picked this 1978 performance of “La Villa Strangiato”. Oh, that tone!

Lesson: Funky Groove with Pentatonic Run

6. Lesson: Funky Groove with Pentatonic Run

Keeping up with this recent series of quick bass lick lessons, here’s a short groove in Em – with an open D string to achieve a note doubling effect. Follow along with the video and this transcription…

Living the Dream: An Interview with Bryan Beller

7. Living the Dream: An Interview with Bryan Beller

The last time we got to chat with Bryan Beller, it was several months before his freakishly good power trio The Aristocrats released their debut album. We reached out to him to get the scoop on the new Aristocrats album, his gear, and his advice for up-and-coming bassists…

JPGroov: Bass & Drums Jam Session

8. JPGroov: Bass & Drums Jam Session

Our friend Sylvain Gros-Desormeaux should be an official part of the No Treble team by now, thanks to all of his video recommendations he’s sent us. This one features bassist Thierry “JPGroov” Jean-Pierre and drummer Gerald Bonnegrace in a live jam session. The duo starts off with some humor before getting down to serious business…

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in July

9. Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in July

July saw some extra gear coverage, thanks to Summer NAMM. Here are the 10 most popular gear stories on No Treble, based on readership. Plus a bonus…

Fernando Lamadrid: Mollete Express

10. Fernando Lamadrid: Mollete Express

I’d never heard bassist Fernando Lamadrid until Flemming shared a video of the The Mencial Project last month. It knocked me out, and so did this one. Here’s Fernando with drummer Rick Arencibia doing their thing in the studio…