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  • Lehle Now Shipping Julian Parametric Booster Pedal

    Lehle Now Shipping Julian Parametric Booster Pedal

    Lehle is now shipping the Julian, a preamp pedal with parametric mids and treble controls for tonal shaping and recreating sounds of classic treble boosters. Its booster offers up to 15dB of boost or cut. Since the vintage boosters had low input impedance, the Julian is equipped with a switch that reduces the impedance from... »

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

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

    Q: The (new) guitarist in my band has mentioned a few times that I’m not “holding it down” because I don’t always play the root, and he finds it “detracts from the song.” He is an extremely good musician and I respect his opinion. However the chords in our songs are super vanilla. Our vocalist... »

  • Jesús Rico Pérez: “Still Silhouette” Cover

    Jesús Rico Pérez: “Still Silhouette” Cover

    Jesús Rico Pérez is a bassist we discovered earlier this year thanks to his cover of Michael Manring’s “Come With Me, My Love”, and later, his own original compositions. Here’s Jesús once again, performing a cover of Jeff Schmidt’s “And I Crumble”. [Editor’s note: we featured Jeff performing this tune in April.] Great tune, great... »

  • Jon Liebman’s “Rock Bass” Method Reissued

    Jon Liebman’s “Rock Bass” Method Reissued

    Fifteen years after its original release, Jon Liebman’s Rock Bass instructional book has been updated. The revised edition features a new section focusing on music from the 2000’s, an updated appendix on equipment and effects and a foreward by Billy Sheehan. Rock Bass now features over 130 musical selections ranging from the earliest rock riffs... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Matt Lawton

    Reader Spotlight: Matt Lawton

    Meet Matt Lawton, a bassist who has played for more than half his life now, and covering many genres along the way. He didn’t start that way, first choosing the guitar. But once he discovered he was playing “single note lines” on the guitar, he knew he was really a bassist at heart and made... »

  • Sandberg Announces 5-String MarloweDK Signature Bass

    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. Built with an alder body and a bolt-on maple neck, the bass has a longer 35″... »

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

    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. Jason Bonham, the son of the late John Bonham, is on drums. Man, I dig JPJ’s tone on this performance... »

  • Deep Purple Releases “Perfect Strangers Live” DVD/CD

    Deep Purple Releases “Perfect Strangers Live” DVD/CD

    1984 was a big year for Deep Purple fans. The band, notorious for personnel changes, announced a full-scale reunion with its classic “Mark II” lineup of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, singer Ian Gillan, keyboardist Jon Lord, drummer Ian Paice and bassist Roger Glover. The resulting Perfect Strangers album was the lineup’s first work together since 1973... »

  • Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in November

    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, based on readership. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Sorry for the GAS. 1. F Bass Unveils VF-P Bass F Bass has expanded their Vintage Series... »

  • Thoughts on Improving Your Technique on Bass

    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 trill today?) when doing technical work. However, the best results are gained when we balance our focus between the musical... »