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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of January 26th

This week’s top 10 features more gear news and videos from the NAMM Show. But it was Damian Erskine’s new column that reigned supreme. One person asked about modes and scales thousands of bassists apparently wanted to know more about the topic as well.

One of our favorites here at NT HQ also made the list: the latest Profiles in Tones feature on the legendary Jack Casady.

Add it all up and you have the top 10 for the week of January 26 – February 1, 2014. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing.

Learning Modes and Scales: A Study Guide for Bassists

1. Learning Modes and Scales: A Study Guide for Bassists

The topic of Damian’s last “Ask Damian Erskine” column must have been on the mind of a lot of bass players lately, because a lot of bassists checked this one out…

Sebastian Sanhueza: 50 Bass Intros

2. 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…

Squier Announces Eva Gardner Precision Bass

3. 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…

Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey: NAMM Jam 2014

4. Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey: NAMM Jam 2014

It wouldn’t be NAMM without a performance by this epic duo. This year, Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey took the stage and did their take on George Gershwin’s “Summertime”…

Digitech Reintroduces Bass Whammy Pitch Shifting Pedal

5. 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…

Hadrien Feraud and Federico Malaman: Cherokee Jam at NAMM 2014

6. Hadrien Feraud and Federico Malaman: Cherokee Jam at NAMM 2014

I’m still in recovery mode from NAMM this year, but I’ve been checking out all the great videos pouring in from the show. Here’s a crazy fast version of “Cherokee” by Hadrien Feraud and Federico Malaman at the Ken Smith booth. The duo trade solos at break-neck speeds, each more intense than the last…

Now Vs Now: Big Pump (Live)

7. 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 one…

Profiles in Tone: Jack Casady

8. Profiles in Tone: Jack Casady

Jack Casady has one of the most distinct tones in rock and roll, and it’s not by accident. The Hot Tuna/ex-Jefferson Airplane bassist has always been very detail oriented when it comes to getting his sound right. We dug deeper to get this legend’s philosophy on tone…

Electra Updates the Phoenix Bass for 2014

9. 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…

Source Audio Introduces the Soundblox 2 Manta Bass Filter

10. Source Audio Introduces the Soundblox 2 Manta Bass Filter

Source Audio debuted the latest in their line of bass envelop filters at the NAMM show this year with the announcement of the Soundblox 2 Manta Bass Filter. The Manta offers 12 filter effects, plus a new edition for the Soundblox…