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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of December 22nd

This year is almost in the books, and we have one more weekly top 10 to get before ’14 begins.

This week’s list features a few top 10 lists – part of our Best of 2013 spotlights we’re running all week.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Happy holidays and here’s to an even better 2014!

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Bass Lessons and Transcriptions

1. Best of 2013: The Top 10 Bass Lessons and Transcriptions

When we started pulling the best of lists for No Treble this year, we were reminded of how much readers love the lessons and transcriptions we share. Of course, it helps a lot to have Thomas “MarloweDK” Risell as a primary contributor of bass lessons and Stuart Clayton as our primary guru for awesome bass transcriptions…

Musicvox Announces Limited Edition 12-String MI-5 Bass

2. Musicvox Announces Limited Edition 12-String MI-5 Bass

Musicvox has introduced a new limited edition 12-string version of their MI-5 bass. The Limited Edition 2014 MI-5 bass features four triple courses for a familiar tuning with more strings. It’s built with neck-through construction with a mahogany body and maple neck topped with a rosewood fingerboard…

Best of 2013: The Top 10 “I Wish I Knew That” Columns

3. Best of 2013: The Top 10 “I Wish I Knew That” Columns

Every other Friday, columnist Ryan Madora shares the lessons she’s learned along the way as a working bassist in her “I Wish I Knew That” column. Here are the top 10 most popular IWIKT columns for 2013…

The Dad Guitar

4. The Dad Guitar

I’ve been watching Flight of the Conchords a bit over the holidays and discovered this scene from the show’s second season. As the band warms up in their “dressing room”, band manager Murray Hewitt questions Bret on the whereabouts of his guitar. Then he goes on to describe the bass in epic fashion…

Yamaha Acquires Line 6

5. Yamaha Acquires Line 6

Line 6, makers of digital amplifiers and effects, is slated to be acquired by Yamaha Corporation, according to a press release issued by Yamaha. The deal will result in a 100% acquisition. Established in 1996, Line 6 specializes in guitar and bass modeling processors, including their POD line…

AC Guitars Unveils Über Graft Spec Bass Series

6. AC Guitars Unveils Über Graft Spec Bass Series

AC Guitars has added a new line of basses with the introduction of the Über Graft Spec Series. The new basses build upon the company’s Graft Series of handmade basses, which are made in batch to keep them in an accessible price range…

MonoNeon: Donyea’s Slo-Soul Arrangement of James Brown’s “I Feel Good”

7. MonoNeon: Donyea’s Slo-Soul Arrangement of James Brown’s “I Feel Good”

YouTube brings out a lot of collaboration and inspiration in people. Here’s an awesome video by Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas adding his own flourishes to producer Donyea Goodman’s arrangement of “I Feel Good” by James Brown. It’s a totally different groove from the original…

Bass of the Week: Scott Walker Guitars California Bass

8. Bass of the Week: Scott Walker Guitars California Bass

Scott Walker is an independent luthier based in North Carolina. Though his primary focus is electric guitars, his California Bass is more than an after thought. Its construction includes a long tenon design, laminated hard woods, and multiple bolt coupling to eliminate dead spots and promote resonance…

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Amps & Cabs

9. Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Amps & Cabs

We covered a lot of bass gear news in 2013, and there’s just too much to try to pack into a single Best Of list. So this year, we’re featuring the top 10 most popular gear stories in various bass gear categories. Kicking things off is the top 10 most popular bass amps and cabinets…

Nathan East to Join Eric Clapton’s Touring Band

10. Nathan East to Join Eric Clapton’s Touring Band

Guitar legend Eric Clapton has once again recruited bass giant Nathan East to his touring band. East, who played with Clapton from 1984 to 2004, will be hitting the road with the former Cream guitarist in 2014, starting in Japan…