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Weekly Top 10: Developing a Solo, Popular Bass Gear Stories, Top Videos, Bass of the Week and More

Another exciting week from the world of bass comes to a close, which means it is time to celebrate the No Treble reader favorites.

You all did great too – this is a fun top 10 list.

Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing!

Bass of the Week: Joe Goldsmith Fretless Singlecut Bass

1. Bass of the Week: Joe Goldsmith Fretless Singlecut Bass

We’re featuring another incredible bass made by an amateur builder this week. Bassist Joe Goldsmith sent us some pictures of a stunning singlecut bass he built to suit his style. The eighteen-year-old, who mainly plays double bass, decided to make something that would make him feel more at home on an electric…

Meshell Ndegeocello: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

2. Meshell Ndegeocello: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

Meshell Ndegeocello celebrated a birthday on August 29th, so we wanted to celebrate with another video by the talented bassist/vocalist. In this clip, Meshell performs a cover of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”. The song was written for Nina Simone, who recorded it in 1964. A year later, The Animals released their hit version. Meshell makes it groove…

Developing a Solo Over Chord Changes

3. Developing a Solo Over Chord Changes

In this “Ask” column, Damian responds to a reader’s question about improvisation – specifically how to approach a solo over chord changes. As always, Damian’s answer is gold…

Maddie Jay and the pH Collective: Throw Away Your Hate

4. Maddie Jay and the pH Collective: Throw Away Your Hate

Bassist/vocalist Maddie Jay and her band the pH Collective has released their first original. “Throw Away Your Hate” was written by Jay, and offers up a nice groove and some great bass tone…

Pedalboard Supplies Introduces Pedal-Links Effect Mounting System

5. Pedalboard Supplies Introduces Pedal-Links Effect Mounting System

Bassists using pedalboards have a new option for keeping their effects in place with the Pedalboard Supplies Pedal-Links Effect Mounting System. Pedal-Links utilize the housing screws found on the bottom corners of most pedals to fasten them to your pedalboard…

NOISE Audio Design Unveils The Perfect Storm Bass Preamp

6. NOISE Audio Design Unveils The Perfect Storm Bass Preamp

Veteran tube amplifier tech Blackie Pagano of NOISE Audio Design has unveiled The Perfect Storm, a limited edition high-transconductance, high-current tube bass guitar preamp. The sleek preamp takes its moniker from a realization Pagano had after receiving a box of Russian-made 6C45pi tubes, which are sensitive to audio signals…

Ibanez Expands SR Fanned Fret Line With New Finish

7. Ibanez Expands SR Fanned Fret Line With New Finish

After getting into the multi-scale bass market earlier this year, Ibanez is expanding their SR Fanned Fret bass line with a new finish. Available in five- and six-string versions, the bass will come in a Walnut Flat finish as well as its original black stain…

Mark Marxon: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

8. Mark Marxon: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Mark Marxon sent this video to me recently (on his birthday!) Mark arranged Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” as a chill solo bass piece – complete with some smooth lines, chords and harmonics. Really enjoyed this one…

Cheikh Ndoye: Ngoni Bass

9. Cheikh Ndoye: Ngoni Bass

Bassist Cheikh Ndoye shared this awesome video of his work on the African Contrabass, also known as the bass ngoni. The West-African traditional instrument is fretless with three strings. Ndoye, who was born in Senegal, did some of his own modifications to get it to fit his style…

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in August 2015

10. Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in August 2015

Time for the celebration that gives most No Treble readers a bad case of G.A.S. We prefer to call it the top 10 most read gear stories on No Treble for the month though. Enjoy…