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Weekly Top 10: The Best in Bass for the Week of June 15th

Bassist birthdays, new bass gear, awesome bass videos, and some great bass-focused columns = another great week in the land of the low end.

Here are the 10 most popular stories, columns and videos on No Treble for the week of June 15-21, 2014.

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Fender Introduces American Standard Jaguar Bass

1. Fender Introduces American Standard Jaguar Bass

Fender is adding a Jaguar model to their American Standard bass lineup, which will be the first U.S.-made Jaguar bass. Built in their Corona, California plant, the American Standard Jaguar Bass will be built with an alder body finished in 3-color Sunburst, Olympic White, Black, or Mystic Red…

Replacing Lead Guitar with Piccolo Bass?

2. Replacing Lead Guitar with Piccolo Bass?

This week’s Ask Damian Erskine column tackles on of the more interesting questions we’ve seen. The question is about the concept of replacing a departing lead guitarist with a piccolo bass. Check out what Damian has to say…

Simon Fitzpatrick: “Let It Go” Solo Bass Performance

3. Simon Fitzpatrick: “Let It Go” Solo Bass Performance

If you have young kids, you may have heard the song “Let it Go” – from Frozen – many more times than you’d like. But we think you’ll appreciate this arrangement by Simon Fitzpatrick, who takes the song and performs one of his trademark solo bass arrangements…

The Beatles: “Don’t Let Me Down” Rooftop Performance

4. The Beatles: “Don’t Let Me Down” Rooftop Performance

On Wednesday, we celebrated Paul McCartney’s 72nd birthday with some old school Beatles. The bass line to “Don’t Let Me Down” has always been a favorite of mine for it’s big round tone and melodicism, and this video from their final live performance on the rooftop of the Apple building is palpable, to say the least…

Bass Lick Series: Fat & Dirty Synth Bass Groove

5. Bass Lick Series: Fat & Dirty Synth Bass Groove

Here’s a fun lick you can use any time the music calls for a fat, dirty groove. This is in E♭­, built predominantly on a E♭­ minor pentatonic fill (with a 9th added). To achieve this sound, you’ll need a couple of effects: an octaver and an overdrive. MarloweDK shows us the way…

Mark Michell Releases Sightreading Instructional Book for Bass

6. Mark Michell Releases Sightreading Instructional Book for Bass

Looking to beef up on your sight reading? Scale the Summit bassist Mark Michell has just published Sightreading 101 for Bass, Reading Standard Notation, Vol. 1. Michell was motivated to write the book after having to learn to read music and seeing gaps in other method books…

Leo Nocentelli’s Meters Experience, Featuring Bill Dickens: Live in New Orleans

7. Leo Nocentelli’s Meters Experience, Featuring Bill Dickens: Live in New Orleans

The great week of bass birthdays continues with the fantastic Bill Dickens, who turned 56 on Thursday. Here’s a great clip of Dickens laying it down with guitarist Leo Nocentelli’s Meters Experience at a concert in New Orleans…

DigiTech Announces DOD Envelope Filter 440 and Drop Pedals

8. DigiTech Announces DOD Envelope Filter 440 and Drop Pedals

Digitech has announced two new stompbox effects for bass and guitar to their lineup including the The Drop and a reissue of the DOD Envelope 440. Both pedals feature true bypass and 9-volt operation…

Bass of the Week: Lieber Guitars Spellbinder 2001

9. Bass of the Week: Lieber Guitars Spellbinder 2001

Stanley Clarke has not only pushed the way people play the bass, he’s helped to push the way people build the bass. In 2001, Clarke teamed up once again with luthier Thomas Lieber to Spellbinder 2001. Check out our Bass of the Week…

Bass Players To Know: Rick Danko

10. Bass Players To Know: Rick Danko

As a solo artist, accompanist and bassist for The Band, Rick Danko made an indelible mark on roots, blues, and rock music. In Ryan Madora’s latest “Bass Players You Need to Know” column, she breaks down Danko’s unique playing style, defined by his understanding of interplay and arrangement…