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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of February 2nd

Add some bass gear news from NAMM to a handful of epic videos, and then add a bass lesson, a message from Flea and a Bass of the Week and you get one terrific top 10 list worth checking out.

Here are the most popular videos, stories and features on No Treble for the week of February 2-8, 2014.

Thanks as always for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Rickenbacker Announces 4003W Bass

1. Rickenbacker Announces 4003W Bass

Rickenbacker has introduced the W Series of guitars and basses for 2014. The lineup is a spin on their classic models, including the 4003 bass, but are made with walnut bodies…

Alissia Benveniste: Let it Out

2. Alissia Benveniste: Let it Out

Our Facebook friend Ricardo Franco sent us this killer video of bassist Alissia Benveniste leading a band with her song “Let it Out.” The super catchy tune features her on bass and vocals. Alissia has got some serious groove!

Flea Makes Statement on Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Halftime Show

3. Flea Makes Statement on Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Halftime Show

The Red Hot Chili Peppers received a lot of heat for their performance during the Super Bowl halftime show, and not in a good way. After a few days of outrage, Flea posted a statement to the Red Hot Chili Peppers website to explain the situation.

Unidentified Flying Project: There is a Dream, with Pino Palladino

4. Unidentified Flying Project: There is a Dream, with Pino Palladino

Songwriter Simon Wood Harris has been busy working on a project with some awesome musicians and goals. Anchored by Pino Palladino along with an all-star cast, the group pulled together one epic tune…

Yamaha Now Shipping TRBX Basses

5. Yamaha Now Shipping TRBX Basses

Yamaha was showing off their new TRBX series of basses at this year’s Winter NAMM show. Combining elements of their former TRB and RBX lines, the new basses come in 300 and 500 levels with differing controls and pickups…

Doug Johns: Booty Groove

6. Doug Johns: Booty Groove

When Doug Johns got together with drummer Jordan Simmons, he described it as “just groovin’.” Here’s some of that groovin’, titled “Booty Groove”. Oh yeah.

Warwick Unveils 2014 Limited Edition Fortress Bass

7. Warwick Unveils 2014 Limited Edition Fortress Bass

Each year, Warwick releases the latest in their Limited Edition series of basses, and this year the company has announced the 2014 Limited Edition Fortress Bass. The model, which comes in 4- and 5-string versions, is limited to only 100 instruments in the world…

Manuel Jiménez Gastélum: “Fine China” Bass Cover

8. Manuel Jiménez Gastélum: “Fine China” Bass Cover

It’s always great to discover cool bass lines that you wouldn’t normally hear. I don’t listen to much pop, but Manuel Jiménez Gastélum sent in this cover of Chris Brown’s “Fine China,” and I dig it… How about you?

Bass of the Week: CG Lutherie Sequel 5-String Hollow Body Fretless

9. Bass of the Week: CG Lutherie Sequel 5-String Hollow Body Fretless

I got a tip to check out CG Lutherie, a French bass builder, and I’m glad I did. The company’s Sequel bass is an interesting take on a hollow body with multiple sound holes on the bass side of the instrument. This 5-string fretless Sequel is the Bass of the Week…

Funky Slap Bass Lesson

10. Funky Slap Bass Lesson

In this new lesson, we’re going to dive in to some more intermediate level slap bass techniques. This lesson builds upon topics we’ve covered in the past, including beginning slap bass patterns and techniques, the double thumb technique and shakes. Follow along with the video and the transcription – standard notation and tab included…