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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of October 13th

This one goes to 10.

Here are the top 10 most read stories and most watched videos for the week of October 13-19, 2013.

Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing.

Low Action on a Bass: The Pros & Cons

1. Low Action on a Bass: The Pros & Cons

In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question about setting action on a bass, and specifically the pros and cons of setting your action low…

David Pastorius: Tech N9ne’s “Questions”

2. David Pastorius: Tech N9ne’s “Questions”

David Pastorius adds some serious fire to Tech N9ne’s song “Questions” by riffing off of rapper’s lyrical rhythm as well as throwing in his own freestyle licks. The bassist brings his incredible technique and creativity together to dish out some really cool lines and add a new dimension to the track…

Moog Introduces Five New Minifooger Effects Pedals

3. Moog Introduces Five New Minifooger Effects Pedals

Moog has unveiled the Minifooger family of effects pedals designed for use with bass and electric guitar. The compact stompboxes are housed in cast aluminum enclosures and feature completely analog signal paths, true bypass, optional battery power, and an expression input for adjusting parameters on the fly…

Bass of the Week: AV Basses AVB1

4. Bass of the Week: AV Basses AVB1

This week we check out the AVB1 from AV Basses, a versatile custom bass that comes in 4-, 5-, 6- or 7-string versions. Made in the Czech Republic by luthier AleÅ¡ Vychodil, the AVB1 comes with tons of options ranging from bolt-on or neck-thru construction to choice of woods to choice of pickups…

New School: Jauqo III-X

5. New School: Jauqo III-X

Jauqo III-X is a bassist that plays by his own rules. After coming up in a household filled the sounds of jazz and Motown, Jauqo picked up bass as a teenager and never looked back. We caught up with Jauqo III-X to get the scoop on his music, his philosophy, and his gear…

Cody Wright: “Blackbird” Solo Bass Arrangement

6. Cody Wright: “Blackbird” Solo Bass Arrangement

“Blackbird” by The Beatles may be one of the most covered songs ever written, but Cody Wright of the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra puts an awesome spin on it with his unique bass arrangement. Switching between tapping, fingerstyle and picking, Wright’s mesmerizing version was captured during his performance at the Asheville Music Hall…

Reader Spotlight: Nick Montou

7. Reader Spotlight: Nick Montou

Bassist Nick Montou’s resume just sounds cool. He’s the bassist for a well-known zydeco band from Lousiana, and one who has a pretty wicked double thumb slap style (see the videos below). Nick is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of October 14, 2013…

Mudvayne: “Dig” Music Video with Ryan Martinie’s Angle

8. Mudvayne: “Dig” Music Video with Ryan Martinie’s Angle

Ryan Martinie is one sick bassist. Judging by this video, he might also be a little crazy. Here’s the music video for Mudvayne’s “Dig,” featuring Martinie’s infamous bass line…

Electro-Harmonix Introduces Next Step Crying Bass Wah/Fuzz

9. Electro-Harmonix Introduces Next Step Crying Bass Wah/Fuzz

Electro-Harmonix has expanded their Next Step series of pedals to the bass realm with the Crying Bass Wah/Fuzz. Similar to other Next Step effects, the pedal features no moving parts and uses a motion sensor to translate movement…

Alejandro Masafret: Bass Improv #2

10. Alejandro Masafret: Bass Improv #2

Alejandro Masafret sent me this video of him performing what he calls “fragments of several improvisations” on bass. His slap skills are quite impressive, as you’ll see. But then after he lays down some loops, he switches to soloing over top of it all in an equally impressive way…