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Weekly Top 10: Exploring Rocco Prestia’s Tone, Top 10 Bass Videos, New Gear and More of the Best in Bass

I love it when this happens: the top 10 list includes a top 10 list. So if you came to see the best in bass for this week, sit back and enjoy.

These 10 stories and videos had the most views by No Treble readers for the week of August 10-16, 2014.

Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing.

Common Thread with Alissia Benveniste: For the One Time

1. Common Thread with Alissia Benveniste: For the One Time

Regular No Treble readers will probably recognize Alissia Benveniste from the killer videos we’ve shared in the past of her band. Here’s Alissia performing with Common Thread – a band she cofounded, described as “a collective of like-minded musicians from all over the globe…”

Bass of the Week: Whitt Guitars 5-String Fretless Archtop Acoustic Bass

2. Bass of the Week: Whitt Guitars 5-String Fretless Archtop Acoustic Bass

My friend Gil sent me a heads up for this week’s featured bass, and I’m glad he did. This intriguing instrument is a one-of-a-kind acoustic fretless 5-string bass built by Daniel Whitt of Whitt Guitars…

Dominic “Forest” Lapointe: Beyond Creation’s “Elusive Reverence” Bass Playthrough

3. Dominic “Forest” Lapointe: Beyond Creation’s “Elusive Reverence” Bass Playthrough

Technical Death Metal band Beyond Creation is getting ready to release their sophomore album, Earthborn Evolution, and bassist Dominic “Forest” Lapointe has dished up a bass playthrough of the first track from the album, “Elusive Reverence”……

Profiles in Tone: Francis “Rocco” Prestia

4. Profiles in Tone: Francis “Rocco” Prestia

Rocco Prestia has been making the world dance since 1965 when he first joined Tower of Power. His infectious and distinctive 16th note groove became a foundation of fingerstyle funk bass playing that innumerable bassists have been trying to master for decades. We took talked with Rocco about his tone and how he gets it…

Michelle Kuban: Over You

5. Michelle Kuban: Over You

Camarel bassist/vocalist Michelle Kuban took to the studio to record a scaled back version of the band’s song “Over You.” Using overdubs, Kuban lays down the bass line and chords as well as the lead and backup vocals…

Aries Basses Introduces the Aman II Bass

6. Aries Basses Introduces the Aman II Bass

Aries Basses has added a new model to their lineup called the Aman II. The design is brings together elements of two of their existing basses with the front pulling from the Aman I and the semi-acoustic body style of their Conis bass…

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (July 2014)

7. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (July 2014)

We smashed all previous records of visits to No Treble in the month of July, thanks in large part to the #1 most watched video of the month. As much as I loved all the videos, #6 might be my favorite. How about you?

Shahab Tolouie and Jan Urbanec: Natalia

8. Shahab Tolouie and Jan Urbanec: Natalia

I received a note from bassist Jan Urbanec about a new video by the incredible duo he has with guitarist Shahab Tolouie. Of course, any time that happens, I can’t wait to check out what they’re up to with their “flamenco fusion” sound. Once again, they seem to have outdone the last one…

Reader Spotlight: Jason Rungapadiachy

9. Reader Spotlight: Jason Rungapadiachy

Meet Jason Rungapadiachy, musician who has been playing bass for more than two decades, starting with one of the best “why I started” stories we’ve heard. As you read Jason’s story, you’ll see he’s an accomplished player with a great attitude…

Big Ear n.y.c. Announces Chaka Octave Fuzz Pedal

10. Big Ear n.y.c. Announces Chaka Octave Fuzz Pedal

Big Ear n.y.c. has unveiled the Chaka, an octave fuzz pedal designed for all instruments, but especially for bass. The pedal features Fuzz, Volume, and Tone knobs for dialing in your tone with a separate footswitch to activate the octave effect…