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Weekly Top 10: The Best in Bass for the Week of April 13th

Take two great bass lessons, add four bass gear stories, three bass videos and one bassist story… add them together, and you have the top 10 stories and videos on No Treble.

Here’s the list for the week of April 13-19, 2014.

Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Dan Lakin Launches D. Lakin Basses with Two New Models

1. Dan Lakin Launches D. Lakin Basses with Two New Models

Three years after selling Lakland Basses to a private investment group, Dan Lakin is getting back into the bass building business. His new company, D. Lakin Basses, is launching two new models that with his signature artists Joe Osborn and Bob Glaub…

Boisse: Flor

2. Boisse: Flor

Bass and voice duets can be so powerful. Here’s a gorgeous song by the Mexican duo Boisse, comprised of bassist Hector Baños and vocalist Majo Saenz performing “Flor”…

Lesson: Blues Bass Lick Using a Minor Pentatonic

3. Lesson: Blues Bass Lick Using a Minor Pentatonic

Here’s a new lesson in our ongoing series of bass lick lessons. This time, we’ll play around with a minor pentatonic, in the key of A. Follow along with the video and this transcription…

Old School: 1962 Fender Precision Bass

4. Old School: 1962 Fender Precision Bass

After featuring a beautiful 1969 Fender Precision Bass in our Old School series, Tim Wolfe, Jr. sent us a note about his 1962 Precision. Not only is this one great looking bass, the story is equally terrific. Tim’s grandfather gave him the bass after playing it for years. Here’s the story…

Improving Your Time and Feel on Bass

5. Improving Your Time and Feel on Bass

In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian responds to a reader’s question about keeping time when playing in a band setting. Check out what Damian has to say…

Patax: “Billie Jean” Rumba

6. Patax: “Billie Jean” Rumba

Our good friend Sylvain Gros-Desormeaux delivers once again with a incredible video he’s shared with us. “This band Patax has some serious stuff. DIG THAT TONE!!! The bassist is really amazing. I hope you guys will enjoy watching this an share it to the readers.” We did, and here it is…

Flea Joins Former Mars Volta Members to Form Antemasque

7. Flea Joins Former Mars Volta Members to Form Antemasque

Music lovers all over were heartbroken last year at the dissolution of Mars Volta. The group, which in the end was anchored by bassist Juan Alderete, split after a dispute between founders Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala. Now, the duo has made amends to form a new band with Flea…

Carvin Introduces Vanquish Series Bass Guitars

8. Carvin Introduces Vanquish Series Bass Guitars

Carvin has unveiled a new line of basses called the Vanquish Series, which the company calls a “radical departure from traditional bass guitars.” Available in 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions, the new model is built with a beveled body for comfort and a 5-bolt neck for increased body/neck contact…

Derek Frank: All Day Sucker

9. Derek Frank: All Day Sucker

Derek Frank has some serious groove, and he put it to work on this cover of Stevie Wonder’s “All Day Sucker.” Frank shares that his version is “played ala Marcus Miller, with some fun analog synths and vocoder in addition to bass.” Get ready to nod your head…

Shredneck Introduces Z-Series Travel Basses

10. Shredneck Introduces Z-Series Travel Basses

Shredneck, a company that specializes in practice and travel instruments, has introduced the Z-Series of travel basses. At a total body length of 36.25″, the Z-Series bass is approximately 5/8ths the size of a standard bass guitar…