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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of December 1st

The first week of December proved to be a good one in the land of the low end.

New gear, new how-to’s, our interview with Bobby Vega, and some pretty awesome bass videos made up this week’s list of the most read, most viewed by No Treble’s readers. And it even comes with a bonus: a top 10 list made the top 10 list.

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Sandberg Announces 5-String MarloweDK Signature Bass

1. Sandberg Announces 5-String MarloweDK Signature Bass

Two years after issuing MarloweDK’s signature bass, Sandberg has unveiled a five string version of the instrument. The MarloweDK 5-string bass retains most of the features of the four-string with a few adjustments to accommodate for the extra string…

Sketches of Bob: An Interview with Bobby Vega

2. Sketches of Bob: An Interview with Bobby Vega

We chatted with the great Bobby Vega to get the scoop on how he got his start, his ’61 Fender Jazz “Shark” bass, and why he thinks “funk” is a four letter word…

David Pastorius: Tech N9ne’s “Worldwide Choppers”

3. David Pastorius: Tech N9ne’s “Worldwide Choppers”

David Pastorius recently wowed us all with his performance of Tech N9ne’s “Questions”. He’s at it again. Here’s David adding his thing to Tech N9ne’s “Worldwide Choppers”…

Peter Erskine on Jaco Pastorius’ Stage Antics

4. Peter Erskine on Jaco Pastorius’ Stage Antics

In celebration of the 62nd birthday of Jaco Pastorius on December 1st, we decided to share this awesome video of drummer Peter Erskine reminiscing about his first live experience with Jaco and Weather Report…

Thoughts on Improving Your Technique on Bass

5. Thoughts on Improving Your Technique on Bass

There are voluminous technical exercises designed to make us better instrumentalists. Nearly all have benefit when executed properly. Unfortunately, many people focus solely on the musical result expected (e.g. How fast can I play that today?) However, the best results are gained when we balance our focus between the musical. Dr. D shows us the way…

When to Play with the Harmony: A Discussion for Bass Players

6. When to Play with the Harmony: A Discussion for Bass Players

In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian Erskine responds to a reader’s question about the balance between playing the root and getting into harmony – without stepping on toes…

Bass of the Week: Prometeus Guitars Ahab

7. Bass of the Week: Prometeus Guitars Ahab

Any instrument named after the monomaniacal captain from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick needs to have a similar aggressive design, and the Prometeus Guitars Ahab delivers in spades. This week we check out a 6-string, multi-scale version of the bass that left Kevin speechless…

Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day: “Black Dog” Live

8. Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day: “Black Dog” Live

A little over a year ago, Led Zeppelin released Celebration Day, recorded when the surviving members reunited for a 2007 concert. The lineup included singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones. Man, I dig JPJ’s tone on this performance…

Janek Gwizdala: “Once I Knew” Live

9. Janek Gwizdala: “Once I Knew” Live

Back in May, Janek Gwizdala performed with Bob Reynolds, Alan Pasqua and Peter Erskine at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles. This tune, “Once I Knew” features an incredible intro by Janek, who eventually creates a loop to solo over with bass and voice…

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in November

10. Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in November

November is in the books, and that means it is time for our monthly bass gear roundup. Here are the 10 most popular new gear stories on No Treble for the month…