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Weekly Top Ten: The Top Bass Stories, Columns and Videos for the Week of December 29th

This week’s top 10 spans the last few days of 2013 and the first few of 2014. And so that means it also includes some of our Best Of lists… And that means there’s a lot of great bass-related stuff to read about!

Here are the most popular stories, columns, videos and more on No Treble for the week of December 29, 2013 – January 4, 2014.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing!

Ojay: Funky Newcastle Street Performance

1. Ojay: Funky Newcastle Street Performance

We’ve featured Ojay before, with one of his awesome solo bass performances on a Newcastle street in the UK. Here’s another, recorded back in 2011. I’ve played out in the cold before, and I’m sitting here wondering how in the world Ojay is doing what he’s doing. Looks nasty out there…

Xotic Unveils Chuck Rainey Signature Bass

2. Xotic Unveils Chuck Rainey Signature Bass

Bass legend Chuck Rainey has a new signature model from Xotic called the XPJ-1T, a bass designed with versatility in mind. Rainey collaborated with Xotic on the bass which features a P/J pickup configuration with elements of the company’s XP and XJ models…

2013 Reader Favorite Bassists

3. 2013 Reader Favorite Bassists

At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up with a list of top 10 most popular bassists. This is entirely based on readership, not on opinions, polls or anything else. Just having some fun. Here are the top 10 for 2013…

In Memoriam: Remembering the Bassists We Lost in 2013

4. In Memoriam: Remembering the Bassists We Lost in 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect on the notable bassists that left us during the year. Their grooves helped to create the soundtrack of life for people all over the world…

The Backline Blues: Preparing for the Mystery Rig

5. The Backline Blues: Preparing for the Mystery Rig

Getting hired for a gig is great! Finding out they’ve got backline? The stars have aligned. This gig just got easy… maybe. Backline in any scenario can be a blessing, a curse, or something in between. Ryan Madora shares the different scenarios (and what to do) in this week’s I Wish I Knew That column…

Bass of the Week: Nelson Instruments Coquette Bass

6. Bass of the Week: Nelson Instruments Coquette Bass

This week we check out the Nelson Instruments Coquette Bass, a neck-through bass that blends elements of retro styles. The quarter-sawn hard maple neck is flanked with basswood body wings, which the company says offers enhanced sustain, rigidity, and projection. Check out the Bass of the Week…

In Memoriam: Dwayne Burno

7. In Memoriam: Dwayne Burno

Jazz bassist Dwayne Burno has passed away of undisclosed causes at the age of 43. Born in Philadelphia, Burno was a mainstay of the New York City jazz scene for the past two decades. His resume includes work with legendary artists including Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Henderson and many more…

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in December

8. Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in December

The last month of the year featured more new basses than anything else in the gear category, but a few pedals and accessories were announced as well. Here are the top 10 most popular gear stories in December…

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Pedals & Effects

9. Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Pedals & Effects

Some bassists love them, some don’t. But pedals and effects news this year was as big as any on No Treble. Here are the 10 most popular pedal and effects stories on No Treble in 2013…

OM: State of Non-Return

10. OM: State of Non-Return

Our friend Lyall Storey sent us this video of OM performing “State of Non-Return,” saying the doom metal band is a prime example of “no treble”. OM consists of just a rhythm section with Al Cisneros on bass and vocals, Emil Amos on drums and Robert Lowe on percussion…