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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of October 6th

Here’s the best of the best in the land of the low end… the most viewed stories, how-to’s and videos on No Treble for the week of October 6-12, 2013.

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Guitar Bank: Fender Jazz Bass Shootout

1. Guitar Bank: Fender Jazz Bass Shootout

There’s always been debate about the differences in quality between Fender basses made in different factories. Guitar Bank decided to settle it with a shootout video comparing Jazz Basses built in the USA, Mexico, and Japan with varying materials to make a straight comparison. Which one do you like the best?

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (September 2013)

2. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (September 2013)

Out of a full month’s worth of bass videos, only 10 can reign supreme. And for those bassists in the #1 through #9 slots, feel extra great in that you beat a rare Jaco video. Here are the most watched videos on No Treble for the month of September, 2013…

Deciding on an Amp: A Discussion for Bass Players

3. Deciding on an Amp: A Discussion for Bass Players

In this week’s column, Damian Erskine answers a question a lot of people ask: how do you decide which amp is right? Check out his suggestions and share your own…

Star Wars Meets Metal Bass

4. Star Wars Meets Metal Bass

Davie504 combined two of my favorite things (bass and Star Wars) and made one pretty epic video. Davie said, “Here’s a little metal arrangement on my bass of some Star Wars tracks…” When he started playing the Cantina song, I was completely hooked. Now if only Vadar really played the bass…

The Who Featuring Pino Palladino: My Generation

5. The Who Featuring Pino Palladino: My Generation

It’s pretty telling when the top comment on a video by one of the world’s greatest rock bands is “Thumbs up if you are here only to see Pino playing.” Here’s the one and only Pino Palladino rocking out with The Who on Later… With Jools Holland back in 2007…

Pyramiding: An Approach to Musical Exercise

6. Pyramiding: An Approach to Musical Exercise

There are many ways to approach a given exercise (e.g. trills, vibrato, etc.) and each have benefits. Some, of course, are more thorough than others. When I want to truly want to intensive on a particular area of technique I sometimes apply a concept borrowed from bodybuilding known as “pyramiding.” Dr. D shows us the way…

Fender Introduces Vintage Hot Rod ’60s Precision and ’70s Jazz Basses

7. Fender Introduces Vintage Hot Rod ’60s Precision and ’70s Jazz Basses

Fender has rolled out two new basses as part of their Vintage Hot Rod series, an American-made lineup that the company describes as incorporating the best of old and new features. The Fender Vintage Hot Rod ’60s Precision Bass and ’70s Jazz Bass riff on classic designs while adding new features…

Alberto Rigoni: Dream Theater’s “Erotomania” Play-Along

8. Alberto Rigoni: Dream Theater’s “Erotomania” Play-Along

From the tricky fingerings to the melodic phrasing, Alberto Rigoni absolutely nails John Myung’s part on the Dream Theater song “Erotomania” in this play-along. Dig that tone, too!

Bass of the Week: Aquilina Basses DB

9. Bass of the Week: Aquilina Basses DB

Sébastien Aquilina of Aquilina Basses is making some beautiful instruments. Case in point: the Aquilina DB, a suave singlecut design with French aesthetic. The neck-through bass is built around a sycamore and ash neck with carbon reinforcements, topped with a sycamore fingerboard…

John Entwistle Band: Young Man Blues

10. John Entwistle Band: Young Man Blues

On Wednesday, we celebrated the life and music of John Entwistle, on what would have his 69th birthday. The Ox was a huge figure in the development of the bass guitar and is referred to as the greatest who ever lived. His classic bass lines for The Who inspired thousands to pick up the bass…