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  • Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in April 2015

    Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in April 2015

    Our monthly celebration of the top bass gear news coverage continues. Here are the top 10 most read gear stories on No Treble for the month of April, 2015. As always, it comes with a warning: may cause GAS. 1. Demeter Amplification Bass-400D Hybrid Bass Amplifier Amplification guru James Demeter was at NAMM this year... »

  • Warwick Announces German Pro Series Basses

    Warwick Announces German Pro Series Basses

    Warwick is introducing a new lineup called the German Pro Series, which aims to offers their German-made instruments at an affordable price. All of the basses are produced in Germany by Warwick and a partner company. “The tone woods for the German Pro Series are naturally air dried, hand selected, and glued at Warwick in... »

  • Hadas Trainin: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away

    Hadas Trainin: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away

    No Treble reader Shay Levy shared this video by Hadas Trainin performing her solo bass cover of the Beatles’ “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”. Shay said “I believe I won’t be the only one who loved the way she performs it.” He was right. »

  • Ben Williams Comes of Age on Second Album

    Ben Williams Comes of Age on Second Album

    Jazz bassist Ben Williams’ second album, Coming of Age, explores the musical and emotional growth of Williams, who won the 2009 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition. The album not only includes his own work, but also a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Here’s the album’s opening track, “Black Villain Music”: Coming of... »

  • Levy’s Leathers Announces MGJ2 Straps

    Levy’s Leathers Announces MGJ2 Straps

    Levy’s Leathers has introduced the MGJ2 Strap Series, featuring nine textured jacquards. Each of the nine models is lined with a tucked edge leather backing and tri-glide adjustment. The straps are two inches wide and adjustable up to 56 inches in length. An XL version adds an extra 12 inches to the overall length. They... »

  • Creating Tasteful Bass Lines

    Creating Tasteful Bass Lines

    Q: I’d like to know what your thoughts are on the subtle art of variation within bass lines; the where’s and whys, and indeed, the where nots and the why nots. I believe that this kind of understanding is one of the key factors separating good bass players from great ones. I know for myself,... »

  • Booker T and the MG’s: Melting Pot, Live 1989

    Booker T and the MG’s: Melting Pot, Live 1989

    Donald “Duck” Dunn is a legend for a reason. Here’s a great clip of the bassist laying it down with Booker T and the MG’s at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes back in 1989. The group played through many of their hits, including this version of 1971’s “Melting Pot.” Dunn’s rock solid groove lays... »

  • Enrico Galetta Debuts as Bass Instruction Author with “Grooving with Hybrid Techniques”

    Enrico Galetta Debuts as Bass Instruction Author with “Grooving with Hybrid Techniques”

    Bass player, composer and educator Enrico Galetta (known for his jazz work and the album 48 Hour Odyssey) is imparting his bass wisdom in his first book, Grooving with Hybrid Techniques for Bass. Featuring 100 exercises and 72 audio samples (available with the paper copy and the e-book), the book aims to teach a variety... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Mike Montgomery

    Reader Spotlight: Mike Montgomery

    Mike Montgomery first heard Stanley Clarke’s I Wanna Play For You and soon after heard Weather Report’s Heavy Weather (with Jaco Pastorius). That was all it took for him to want to switch from clarinet to bass. After a 15 year break from music, he stared up again. Mike is No Treble’s reader in the... »

  • Two Notes Audio Engineering Unveils Le Bass Preamp Pedal

    Two Notes Audio Engineering Unveils Le Bass Preamp Pedal

    Two Notes Audio Engineering introduced their new Preamplifiers series at Musikmesse this year including the Le Bass. Housed in a pedal format, the tube preamp features dual channels with a Fusion mode to blend them together. The company says it also runs internally at 200 volts to “preserve the interaction between you and your bass... »