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Weekly Top 10: String Gauge vs Speed, Brett Bamberger Interview, RIP Mike Chapman, Top Bass Videos, New Gear and More

This week’s top 10 list features a seriously great column, our interview with Revocation’s Brett Bamberger, reader favorite videos, new gear and more.

It also includes the sad news of bass session legend Mike Chapman’s passing.

Here are the most read stories/most watched videos for the week on No Treble. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

String Gauge vs. Speed

1. String Gauge vs. Speed

In this week’s “Ask” column, Damian Erskine covers the topic of string gauge vs. speed. Check out what he has to say and add your thoughts too…

Bass of the Week: Tomisic Guitars MarkOne Bass

2. Bass of the Week: Tomisic Guitars MarkOne Bass

Luthier Milos Tomisic and bassist Marko Cvetkovic have teamed up once again to create the MarkOne bass, which Cvetkovic says is an attempt to solve all the typical issues modern players face. The result in a creative instrument that centers around a forward-thinking set of electronics…

Great Is Our Sin: An Interview with Brett Bamberger

3. Great Is Our Sin: An Interview with Brett Bamberger

Alex Webster sent me some examples of his favorite bass tones in metal. One clip that caught my ear was Revocation’s playthrough of “Spastic,” with Brett Bamberger. We caught up with the bassist to talk about the new album and a lot more…

Kinga Głyk: Tears In Heaven

4. Kinga Głyk: Tears In Heaven

Bassist Kinga Głyk stunned us all with this excellent cover of a cover of “Tears In Heaven.” The original is by Eric Clapton. Kinga’s all-bass performance is a cover of the one by Jeff Berlin…

Tim Carey: You Don’t Know What Love Is

5. Tim Carey: You Don’t Know What Love Is

Many of you will remember bassist Tim Carey from his videos with vocalist Amanda Taylor. Tim sent us this video saying “It’s different than what I’ve shared before but I think the community will really dig it…” We think so too…

In Memoriam: Mike Chapman

6. In Memoriam: Mike Chapman

Nashville session bass ace Mike Chapman has passed away after battling an aggressive form of cancer. He was 63 years old. Chapman was an absolute staple of country music…

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals: Shine

7. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals: Shine

Regular readers here know we’re big fans of Juan Nelson. So hearing him back with Ben Harper (& The Innocent Criminals) is a thrill. From the band’s latest release, “Call It What It Is”, here’s “Shine”. We hope they’re here to stay…

Darkglass Electronics Unveils Vintage Ultra Pedal

8. Darkglass Electronics Unveils Vintage Ultra Pedal

After unveiling the Microtubes B7K Ultra at NAMM this year, Finland’s Darkglass Electronics has given the Ultra treatment to the Vintage Microtubes. The new Vintage Ultra is described as “super portable preamp which enables on one side a massive clean sound, and from the other side, a tasty saturated sound…”

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

9. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (May 2016)

Clear your calendar, because it is time for the top 10 bass videos for the month. Here are the No Treble reader favorite videos for the month of May, 2016…

Reader Spotlight: Eric Messihi

10. Reader Spotlight: Eric Messihi

Meet Eric Messihi, a bassist and Berklee grad who keeps busy playing and teaching music. Originally trained on piano, Eric heard Primus and that was that. Eric is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…