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  • Iced Earth Releases “Plagues of Babylon”

    Iced Earth Releases “Plagues of Babylon”

    Luke Appleton (former Fury UK bassist) is the latest in a long line of Iced Earth bassists, and after joining the power/thrash metal group back in 2012, he’s finally appearing with on a record with the group’s 11th studio album, . It’s the first album since the band’s acclaimed 2011 record, Dystopia, and bandleader Jon... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Mark Marxon

    Reader Spotlight: Mark Marxon

    Meet Mark Marxon, a musician hailing from Australia who has a great outlook on life. He’s seen plenty of highs (and some of the lows), but keeps his head high while he makes his living playing music. Mark is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of January 27, 2014. Bio: A lucky... »

  • Electra Updates the Phoenix Bass for 2014

    Electra Updates the Phoenix Bass for 2014

    Electra has updated the Phoenix Bass for 2014 with improvements including reshaping the body for a more comfortable playing. The upper horn has been moved out to the 12th fret while the belly of the body has been extended. The bass also marks Electra’s first collaboration with EMG. The Phoenix is fitted with two EMG... »

  • Sebastian Sanhueza: 50 Bass Intros

    Sebastian Sanhueza: 50 Bass Intros

    Everybody loves a good bass intro, especially bass players. Sebastian Sanhueza pays homage to the bass intro in this video he made in which he plays fifty bass intros in a single take. For anyone looking to play along, Sanhueza compiled tabs for each of them (grab them here). What’s your favorite bass intro? Tell... »

  • Reverend Horton Heat Returns with “REV”

    Reverend Horton Heat Returns with “REV”

    If you dig on rockabilly sounds with plenty of old-school rock-and-roll double bass work, you’ll be thrilled by The Reverend Horton Heat’s . It’s the psychobilly outfit’s first album since 2009’s more country-oriented Laughin’ and Cryin’ with the Reverend Horton Heat. As the band’s records have since 1989, the album features the work of upright/electric... »

  • Digitech Reintroduces Bass Whammy Pitch Shifting Pedal

    Digitech Reintroduces Bass Whammy Pitch Shifting Pedal

    Years after the original was discontinued, Digitech is reintroducing the Bass Whammy pedal. The updated pitch-shifting pedal is optimized for bass guitar tones and retains its classic settings while introducing new true bypass and MIDI operation. Digitech says the Bass Whammy is ideal for 4-, 5-, or 6-string basses and has very accurate pitch detection... »

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  • Improving Vibrato Control: A Guide for Bassists

    Improving Vibrato Control: A Guide for Bassists

    If the first step in acquiring control of our vibrato is to obtain a smooth motion that we can turn on or off at will, then the next step is to gain control over the speed and width of the vibrato. Being able to adjust the speed and width of a vibrato is indeed a... »

  • Now Vs Now: Big Pump (Live)

    Now Vs Now: Big Pump (Live)

    I hung out with Evan Marien for a while during the NAMM Show, and he told me I must check out bassist Panagiotis Andreou. I later got the chance to meet Panagiotis and asked him to send me some videos. It was nearly impossible to pick one, but in the end, I decided on this... »

  • Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of January 19th

    Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of January 19th

    NAMM week means the gear stories start flooding in. We had a handful ready in time for the show and loads more coming… And as is the case, gear coverage reigns supreme in late January. Add to that some really epic videos and some popular how-to’s, and you have one top 10 list worth checking... »

  • Squier Announces Eva Gardner Precision Bass

    Squier Announces Eva Gardner Precision Bass

    Squier has teamed up with Eva Gardner to introduce a new signature Precision bass. Gardner was the original bassist for The Mars Volta and has continued to work with artists ranging from Veruca Salt to Pink. The Squier Eva Gardner Precision Bass is built with a basswood body finished in gloss black, a maple neck,... »