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  • Fender Custom Shop Introduces Sean Hurley Signature 1961 Precision Bass

    Fender Custom Shop Introduces Sean Hurley Signature 1961 Precision Bass

    The Fender Custom Shop has unveiled the Sean Hurley Signature 1961 Precision Bass, available in Three-color Sunburst, Olympic White and Charcoal Frost. The model replicates the renowned session bassist’s own vintage Precision bass down to the piece of foam he stuffed under the strings in front of the bridge to deaden the strings. That led... »

  • Life as a Working Bassist: Where Does the Money Come From?

    Life as a Working Bassist: Where Does the Money Come From?

    Q: What is the reality of how guys like you earn a living? I don’t mean to imply that you are “rolling in it,” but how do bassists who focus on freelance work actually make ends meet? A: Great question! Although I’ve talked about the various ways to make things happen in a career or... »

  • Joe Osborn Birthday Celebration: Two Great Videos

    Joe Osborn Birthday Celebration: Two Great Videos

    Today is birthday of legendary bassist Joe Osborn, so we thought we’d share a couple of videos to help celebrate. The first one is an isolated track – vocals, drums and bass on the Carpenters hit “Close to You”. This one offers up a pretty simple bass line with some tasty licks throughout. But as... »

  • Linda Oh Releases “Sun Pictures”

    Linda Oh Releases “Sun Pictures”

    Jazz bassist Linda Oh has returned with her third solo album, entitled Sun Pictures. While the effort’s title is taken from an historic outdoor movie theater in her sister’s hometown of Broome, Australia, its concept is based on the bassist’s journeys abroad. “Each one of these tunes is a tiny snapshot of my recent travels... »

  • Reader Spotlight: William Hill

    Reader Spotlight: William Hill

    Meet William Hill, a veteran player of nearly 30 years now who has filled the role of bassist gladly for all that time. One of our favorite lines from his interview: “Groove and melody are the whole deal for me.” William is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of August 26, 2013.... »

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  • Aguilar Announces New Precision and Precision/Jazz Bass Pickup Sets

    Aguilar Announces New Precision and Precision/Jazz Bass Pickup Sets

    Aguilar has announced the AG 5P-60 Precision Bass pickup and the AG 5P/J-HC Precision/Jazz Bass Pickup Set. Built for 5-string basses, both pickup sets are wound in Aguilar’s New York City factory with heavy formvar wire. The AG 5P-60 delivers a vintage ’60s P-bass tone and uses period correct parts including Heavy Formvar wire and... »

  • Testament: Souls Of Black, Live in 2005

    Testament: Souls Of Black, Live in 2005

    “Souls of Black” has one of my all time favorite metal bass intros. Greg Christian lays it down with a big, round tone on Testament’s 2005 DVD Live in London. Have a favorite metal bass line? Post it in the comments! »

  • Korn Announces U.S. Club Tour in Support of Upcoming Album

    Korn Announces U.S. Club Tour in Support of Upcoming Album

    Korn has announced a handful of U.S. club shows in preparation of the release of their eleventh studio album, entitled The Paradigm Shift, due out October 8th. Kicking off September 26, the tour will have support from Love & Death and Asking Alexandria. The Paradigm Shift will be the first album to feature guitarist Brian... »

  • Understanding and Getting Around Roadblocks in Musical Development

    Understanding and Getting Around Roadblocks in Musical Development

    For this column, I wanted to answer a question I received on Facebook, as it is an important component in our musical development. Q: I’ve been working on these exercises for six months now and I haven’t made any progress on them. I am very frustrated and do not know how to move forward. Do... »

  • Michel Alibo: Djou Djou

    Michel Alibo: Djou Djou

    Our friend Joachim Mahoudeaux sent us this video, saying: “France has been lucky in the 90’s to see emerging huge bass players from world jazz/fusion music, as Linley Marthe (brought from Mauritius to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris by François Jeanneau), Richard Bona or Etienne M’Bappé with UltraMarine combining Afro/Latin/Caribbean musis with... »