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  • Washburn Announces Sonamaster SB1 Bass

    Washburn Announces Sonamaster SB1 Bass

    Beginning bassists have a new option with the Washburn Sonamaster SB1 bass. The entry-level instrument, which comes in Black and Tobacco-Sunburst finishes, is inspired by their ’80s models in its body shape, reverse headstock, and offset position markers. It’s built with an alder body, maple neck, and fingerboard. Washburn fits it with a P-style pickup... »

  • Me and Maria: Wintertime in My Heart

    Me and Maria: Wintertime in My Heart

    Bassist Johannes Pehrson shared this video by his duo with Maria Rosenberg, known as Me and Maria. This is their new single, “Wintertime in My Heart.” Johannes told me that the chords are played on his 4-string MusicMan bass, and the melodies and solos are played on his 4-string piccolo bass. In other words, outside... »

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  • Electro-Harmonix Introduces the Bass Preacher

    Electro-Harmonix Introduces the Bass Preacher

    Electro-Harmonix unveiled the Bass Preacher at the Winter NAMM Show this year. The compact compressor/sustainer pedal is designed specifically for bass guitar to manipulate its dynamics. It begins with input sensitivity ranges from -10 dBu to +2 dBu, which EHX says makes it ideal for passive and active basses. The Bass Preacher has Volume and... »

  • Slave: Slide, Live 1981

    Slave: Slide, Live 1981

    Slave’s “Slide” was one of those songs that created a wave of new bass players, thanks to the down and dirty groove pinned down by the late Mark Adams. Get a dose of some old school funk with this performance from a 1981 episode of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. »

  • Electric Moon’s “Theory of Mind” Available

    Electric Moon’s “Theory of Mind” Available

    German psych-rock trio Electric Moon’s live album, Theory of Mind, previously available in 2015 as an import, has gotten an American release. The band, featuring bassist Komet Lulu (who also created the album’s cover art), recorded the album in February 2014 in Heidelberg, Germany, and as the record has filtered out there, response to it... »

  • Earthquaker Devices Introduces The Bellows

    Earthquaker Devices Introduces The Bellows

    The eccentric effects creators at EarthQuaker Devices have released the Bellows Fuzzdriver, which they describe as a “back-to-basics, transistor-based dirt device.” The pedal is pared down to just Level and Drive controls for a straight-forward vintage vibe. “Similar to the volume control of a “non master” amp, the Drive determines how hard the signal hits... »

  • NAMM 2016: All the Bass News

    NAMM 2016: All the Bass News

    The No Treble Crew is in Anaheim, California to cover all the bass-related news from the 2016 Winter NAMM Show. Be sure to check in throughout the show and in the days following for the most complete coverage from the world of bass. »

  • Olivier Babaz: Minor Swing

    Olivier Babaz: Minor Swing

    Bassist Olivier Babaz sent us this video of himself taking an arco solo over the gypsy jazz standard “Minor Swing”, and I had to watch a few times. Besides playing some great ideas, he gets a huge tone that will make your ears happy. »

  • Reuben Rogers Continues to Hold Down the Low End on Charles Lloyd and The Marvels’ Latest

    Reuben Rogers Continues to Hold Down the Low End on Charles Lloyd and The Marvels’ Latest

    Charles Lloyd & The Marvels’ latest album on Blue Note Records, I Long to See You, features not only the jazz group’s longtime bassist, Reuben Rogers, but also some special guest vocalists. Norah Jones is the featured vocalist on “You Are So Beautiful,” while Willie Nelson steps in for “Last Night I Had the Strangest... »

  • Start the Discussions: Announcing Forums on No Treble

    Start the Discussions: Announcing Forums on No Treble

    Over the years, we’ve had many requests to launch a forum on No Treble. Today, we’re thrilled to announce our Forum Beta is here. As of this posting, the forum is empty… we wanted you all to go first. You’ll see many familiar forum areas which match up with our editorial topics, plus some other... »