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Weekly Top 10: Best Bass Videos, Freeing Up Your Walking Bass Lines, New Gear, Old School Gear and More

Time once again for our weekly celebration of all the best in bass… AKA the top 10 No Treble reader favorites from the the week.

Thanks as always for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (August 2015)

1. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (August 2015)

If you love the bass, you’re going to really love this collection of videos. These are the top 10 most watched videos by No Treble readers in August. Enjoy!

Mesa Engineering Introduces Subway Bass Series

2. Mesa Engineering Introduces Subway Bass Series

Mesa Engineering has gotten into the world of lightweight amplifiers with their new Subway Bass Series. The lineup includes the company’s first ultra-lightweight Class D amplifier and a pair of bass cabinets loaded with neodymium speakers…

Freeing Up Your Walking Bass Lines

3. Freeing Up Your Walking Bass Lines

In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question about freeing up walking bass lines. Damian delivers another terrific/inspiring column…

Bass of the Week: CG Lutherie Orchid

4. Bass of the Week: CG Lutherie Orchid

This week we’re checking out the Orchid bass by CG Lutherie, a headless bass with some sleek features. The unique body shape includes a forearm contour and an extended upper horn, while the majority of the bass’s top sits flush thanks to recessed volume and tone controls…

Old School: 1969 Gibson Les Paul Bass

5. Old School: 1969 Gibson Les Paul Bass

Emre Kayaalp reached out to me with one beauty of a bass – his recently acquired 1969 Gibson Les Paul. We’re thrilled to share it in this all new Old School feature…

Ibanez Introduces New SR500 Series Basses

6. Ibanez Introduces New SR500 Series Basses

Ibanez has announced two new basses to their SR500 series with the SR500TFF and the SR505TFF. The basses, which are four- and five-string versions of the same model, feature mahogany bodies with a traditional Tri-Fade Burst Flat finish…

Kate Davis: Keep An Open Heart

7. Kate Davis: Keep An Open Heart

Sometimes it’s not the notes you play, it’s how you play them. Kate Davis proves that point in this beautiful duet with guitarist Rob Moose on her song “Keep An Open Heart,” filmed for the One On One Sessions at City Winery in New York City…

Cuibul: Ne Vom Topi

8. Cuibul: Ne Vom Topi

No Treble reader Bruno Dumant sent me this video recently of Cuibul performing a tune called “Ne Vom Topi.” “I particularly dig the tone of the ABG the bassist uses, very warm, very different from a double bass tone,” Bruno said of this acoustic session. We loved the tune, and the bass…

Adam Nitti & Friends: Butterfly

9. Adam Nitti & Friends: Butterfly

Adam Nitti sent us a great video of his band performing Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly” at the Blue Canoe in Tupelo, MS in July. The song of course is awesome. The band is tight. And Adam throws in some seriously incredible solos…

Top Transcriber Pens Book on Warm-Up Exercises

10. Top Transcriber Pens Book on Warm-Up Exercises

Prolific bass and guitar transcriptionist Steve Gorenberg (he’s written transcriptions of work by Iron Maiden, Boston, The Rolling Stones, Queen and more) also uses his talents for a different kind of instruction — warm-up exercises. His book, “Warm-Up Exercises for Bass Guitar”, provides players with a slew of stretches, coordination exercises, pentatonic scales and more…