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Weekly Top 10: More News from NAMM, Gigging without a Car, Top Bass Videos and More

Time for your weekly dose of bass greatness – aka the No Treble top 10 reader favorites.

This week has a bonus – a top 10 list inside the top 10 list.

Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Bass of the Week: Gibson SG Standard Bass

1. Bass of the Week: Gibson SG Standard Bass

Today we’re checking out another iconic bass with the Gibson SG Standard. Originally introduced in the 1961 as the EB3, the current incarnation of the bass carries many of the same attributes including the instantly recognizable body shape…

Ibanez Introduces Artcore Vintage Basses at NAMM 2016

2. Ibanez Introduces Artcore Vintage Basses at NAMM 2016

Ibanez gave their Artcore line of basses a rustic turn this year with the Artcore Vintage Series. The semi-hollowbody, short-scale basses come in distressed finishes to give the vibe of an old workhorse instrument, right down to the antiqued pickup covers…

James Taylor with Leland Sklar: Your Smiling Face, Live 1988

3. James Taylor with Leland Sklar: Your Smiling Face, Live 1988

I was going through my records this weekend and realized just how many of them feature the tasteful bass lines of Leland Sklar. Of course, that sent me into a Sklar phase on YouTube, which led me to this great version of James Taylor’s “Your Smiling Face” from 1988…

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (January 2016)

4. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (January 2016)

Time to celebrate some bass greatness. Here are the top 10 most watched videos on No Treble for the first month of 2016…

Rich Brown: _our Hero

5. Rich Brown: _our Hero

Rich Brown sent me his latest video, with his performance of “_our Hero”. Rich gets such a sweet, synth-like tone on this one…

Sadowsky Unveils Single Cut 24 Fret 5-String Bass

6. Sadowsky Unveils Single Cut 24 Fret 5-String Bass

When we interviewed Chip Shearin last year, he let us in on the scoop that he was working with Roger Sadowsky on a special project. That project came to light at the 2016 NAMM Show with the unveiling of the Sadowsky Single Cut 24 Fret 5-String Bass…

Davie504: Google Translate Meets Bass

7. Davie504: Google Translate Meets Bass

Davie504 always scores major points for creativity, but this one might take the prize. In this video, Davie built a beat box track using Google Translate, and then laid down some funky bass…

TC Electronic Introduces SpectraComp Bass Compressor Pedal

8. TC Electronic Introduces SpectraComp Bass Compressor Pedal

TC Electronic has taken the SpectraComp found in some of their bass amps and put it into a TonePrint-enabled effects pedal. The multi-band compressor is specifically tuned for bass and housed in a mini enclosure to fit on tight pedalboards…

ESP Announces LTD Multi-Scale Basses

9. ESP Announces LTD Multi-Scale Basses

ESP got into the multi-scale game this year with the LTD B-1004SE and B-1005SE basses. Four and five-stringers, respectively, the new models have different scales for each string to optimize tension and ergonomics…

Gigging Without a Car: A Discussion on Gear

10. Gigging Without a Car: A Discussion on Gear

Damian received a question from a reader asking for suggestions on reducing the amount of gear needed on a gig (since he sold his car and relies on public transportation). Damian’s answers can help us all – with or without a car. Check it out…