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Weekly Top 10: An Aluminum Bass, New Bass Gear, Bass Lick Series, The Best Bass Videos and More

The end of another week and two things seem to be true: time is flying, and the world of bass is doing just fine.

Here are the top 10 most read stories and most watched videos on No Treble for the week of July 20-26, 2014.

Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing the good stuff.

Meshell Ndegeocello: Pink Moon

1. Meshell Ndegeocello: Pink Moon

Earlier this year, Meshell Ndegeocello went into The Boombox’s studio for Off the Record and performed her cover of Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon”. Man… the way she plays the bass is always so distinctive and full of feel…

OZZtosh Introduces LUMA Aluminum Body Bass

2. OZZtosh Introduces LUMA Aluminum Body Bass

OZZtosh unveiled their latest creation, the LUMA Bass, at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee last week. The bass follows suit with the rest of their LUMA series and is CNC machined from a 6061 solid aluminum billet…

That 1 Guy: Live in Kalamazoo

3. That 1 Guy: Live in Kalamazoo

Our friend Cory O’Brien shared this terrific video, setting it up perfectly by saying it “exemplifies the fact that we are limited only by our imagination”…

Bass Lick Series: Funky Fingerstyle Bass Groove

4. Bass Lick Series: Funky Fingerstyle Bass Groove

MarloweDK changed things up a bit this time around with a funky 5-string bass groove (which can also be played on a 4-string). The fill is based on the Em Dorian scale and uses the open strings for a doubling effect…

Mike Frost Band: Come Together/Kashmir

5. Mike Frost Band: Come Together/Kashmir

Mike Frost sent in this awesome video of his band mixing two great classic rock songs with a funky attitude. Frost kicks off “Come Together” with a modified slap version of Paul McCartney’s iconic bass line before he seques into “Kashmir”…

Jansen Barbieri Karn: Sleepers Awake

6. Jansen Barbieri Karn: Sleepers Awake

This week we remembered the great bassist Mick Karn, on what would have been his 56th birthday on Thursday. Following the break up of Japan, Karn continued working with keyboardist Richard Barbieri and drummer Steve Jansen on new music. Here they are performing “Sleepers Awake”…

Bass of the Week: Lowe Custom Guitars Chromasonic

7. Bass of the Week: Lowe Custom Guitars Chromasonic

Luthier Brad Lowe launched his custom instrument business in 2009 in order to combine his lifelong interests of the musical, visual, and industrial arts. His flagship bass model called the Chromasonic is proof that he’s on the right track. Check out the Bass of the Week…

ValveTrain Amplification Announces Brandywine All-Tube Bass Amp

8. ValveTrain Amplification Announces Brandywine All-Tube Bass Amp

Amp company ValveTrain has announced the Brandywine amplifier, a 50-watt all-tube bass amp inspired by the bass amps for the early ’60s. The amp is described as marrying vintage tone with modern features and was designed primarily for studio use…

Thoughts On Multi-Instrumentalism

9. Thoughts On Multi-Instrumentalism

In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question about the value of learning to play multiple instruments. Check out what Damian has to say and add your comments…

TC Electronic Announces Limited Edition Ditto Looper Gold

10. TC Electronic Announces Limited Edition Ditto Looper Gold

TC Electronic is re-issuing the original Ditto Looper with a limited edition gold-colored run of the compact looping pedal. Limited to 5,000 units, the pedal will retain the same features as its predecessor including its true-bypass, analog dry-through design…