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  • Reed James Engineering Introduces VVN NEOA5 Pickups

    Reed James Engineering Introduces VVN NEOA5 Pickups

    Reed James Engineering was at the 2016 Winter NAMM show to introduce the VVN NEOA5 set of pickups. Based on their VVN RJNEO set, the new pickups differentiate themselves by creating a relationship between the neodymium magnets and vintage Alnico 5 rod magnets. “We mated precise amounts of each magnet material to create the magnetic... »

  • Project RnL: Moves Like Jagger (Live)

    Project RnL: Moves Like Jagger (Live)

    We got to check out Project RnL performing at NAMM, and it was a real thrill. Here they are in a recent live, pre-NAMM performance of Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”, Project RnL-style. Bassist Or Lubianiker brings it! »

  • Four Black Sabbath Albums Released in Deluxe Editions

    Four Black Sabbath Albums Released in Deluxe Editions

    Deluxe editions of Black Sabbath’s first three studio albums – Black Sabbath, Paranoid and Master of Reality – have been released, coinciding with the groundbreaking metal band’s final tour. Each edition features the 2012 remaster of its respective original album, available on CD for the first time, and a disc of outtakes previously unreleased in... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Ele Custom Basses Puntundo 5

    Bass of the Week: Ele Custom Basses Puntundo 5

    This week we’re checking out the Puntundo 5 by Spain’s Ele Custom Basses. This version of their El Puntundo bass was made for Fabio Lessa and features the headless version of the striking singlecut design. One’s eye is led straight to the buckeye burl top, which is accentuated with matching pickup covers. The set-neck bass... »

  • Ensuring a Productive Rehearsal

    Ensuring a Productive Rehearsal

    Over the years I’ve been involved with ensembles of varying sizes and genres. As a result, I’ve experienced some extremely productive rehearsals, and some less than productive rehearsals. Below are a few things that can help your next series of rehearsals run well. Be Prepared It is important to have your part ready to the... »

  • Gabrielle Walter-Clay & Common Thread: That Groove

    Gabrielle Walter-Clay & Common Thread: That Groove

    It was thrilling to see Alissia Benveniste perform with her group at this year’s Bass Bash at the Winter NAMM Show. Here’s Alissia laying it down with Common Thread in a 2013 video. The self-described “all-girl band” is performing the aptly named song “That Groove” – one the band says is “an original song we... »

  • In Memoriam: Jimmy Bain

    In Memoriam: Jimmy Bain

    Bassist Jimmy Bain, who laid down the low end for hard rock icons Rainbow and Dio, has passed away at the age of 68. A cause of death has not been announced. The announcement was made by Def Leppard guitarist and Last in Line bandmate Vivian Campbell. “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I... »

  • Weekly Top 10: Bass News from NAMM, Talking Technique, New Forums, Top Videos and More

    Weekly Top 10: Bass News from NAMM, Talking Technique, New Forums, Top Videos and More

    This time of year is big for us – thanks to the Winter NAMM Show. The No Treble crew attended the show on a mission to find everything new in the world of bass. But that’s not all that happened this week. Readers enjoyed Ariane’s string jumping exercises lesson, some great videos, Bass of the... »

  • Aguilar Amplification Introduces SL 410x Bass Cabinet

    Aguilar Amplification Introduces SL 410x Bass Cabinet

    Aguilar Amplification is expanding their SL line of bass cabinets with the SL 410x. The cab is rated at 800 watts RMS and weighs in at 49 pounds, which the company states is nearly half the weight of a traditional 410. The SL 410x comes in either 4 or 8 ohm configurations and is loaded... »

  • Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles: Live at NAMM ’16

    Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles: Live at NAMM ’16

    Videos from this year’s Winter NAMM show are starting to roll in, and this one really caught my ear. Cory Henry of Snarky Puppy performed at the ROLI event with his band The Funk Apostles, including bassist MonoNeon. The band spins out their own jaw-dropping versions of The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” and... »