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Orange Amplification Launches O Bass Guitar

1. Orange Amplification Launches O Bass Guitar

Orange Amplification took to NAMM to launch the O Bass, a vintage-styled bass that comes in Teardrop Sunburst, Off-Black and Orange finishes. The bass first made an appearance at the 2014 Winter NAMM show as a demonstrator piece, but came to production after videos of the instrument spread online…

VoBa Sound Experience: Dazed and Confused

2. VoBa Sound Experience: Dazed and Confused

We’re seeing some seriously great bass and vocal duet videos lately. This one was sent in by bassist Roberto Pace, who performs with vocalist Chiara D’Emilio in their duo, VoBa Sound Experience. Here’s their interesting arrangement of Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused”…

Advanced Bass: Playing over Minor II V Patterns

3. Advanced Bass: Playing over Minor II V Patterns

In this Advanced Bass lesson, we’re diving into the realm of playing over minor II V patterns. Joe Hubbard includes a solo etude along with two skill developing drills as we work step by step through a common chord progression…

McSim 3 Live: Linley Marthe Bass Solo

4. McSim 3 Live: Linley Marthe Bass Solo

Maxime Lenssens shared this video with just a simple note: “Mind blowing solo with ‘McSim 3’.” The mind blowing solo is by bassist Linley Marthe, who is joined by Jozef Dumoulin on keys and Lenssens on drums in this November, 2015 performance in Brussels…

Bass Players to Know: Justin Meldal-Johnsen

5. Bass Players to Know: Justin Meldal-Johnsen

Ryan Madora first discovered Justin Meldal-Johnsen thanks to Beck. In her latest “Bass Players to Know” column, she shares the story (and some recommended tracks) by the award winning producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist…

Peekaboom: Blackbird

6. Peekaboom: Blackbird

Simone Masina shared his latest with us, with his duo with vocalist Angelica Lubian, known as Peekaboom. “We have a brand new video made in a beautiful studio in Rome with a double bass solo in the middle,” Simone shared. “The ‘Blackbird’ version by Petro Klampanis that you shared the past year inspired us”…

Billy Sheehan’s Signature EBS Pedal Goes Deluxe

7. Billy Sheehan’s Signature EBS Pedal Goes Deluxe

The EBS Billy Sheehan Signature Drive Deluxe was unveiled at NAMM this year with the bass legend on hand to talk about it. The pedal adds on to his existing signature drive with more gain with a Boost footswitch, a phase inverter switch for add low end, and an innovative swappable op-amp…

How To Learn Difficult Bass Parts

8. How To Learn Difficult Bass Parts

In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian Erskine responds to a reader’s question about the best way to approach and learn difficult bass parts. Damian offers up a 3-step approach…

Reader Spotlight: Sean Carey

9. Reader Spotlight: Sean Carey

Meet Sean Carey, a bassist who credits both metal and jazz bassists as his influences, and studies and plays both genres (among other things). Sean is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…

Bass of the Week: Prat Basses Original I

10. Bass of the Week: Prat Basses Original I

This week we’re checking out an exquisite Original I by Prat Basses. This particular six-string, built by luthier Oscar Prat, will get Buckeye Burl lovers going with its prime top and matching headstock. The bolt-on bass has a 34-inch scale with a curly maple and walnut neck attached to its one-piece swamp ash body…