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Weekly Top 10: Modes on a String, Freudenstein Minibass, Top Videos, Bass of the Week and More

Time to celebrate the best of the best from the world of bass… AKA the top 10 No Treble reader favorites of the week.

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Fender Introduces The Mod Shop

1. Fender Introduces The Mod Shop

If you’ve been wanting to get a customized Fender, the company has got you covered with the Mod Shop. The online “immersive digital studio experience” allows you to pick an instrument model and make it your own with options for its orientation, body color, pickguard, fingerboard, pickups, and hardware…

Cody Wright: Funk Funko Potamus

2. Cody Wright: Funk Funko Potamus

Cody Wright a real funkmeister, which is why it’s perfect that he’s helping to create the soundtrack to the new Toejam and Earl video game. Here’s a clip of the bassist getting down on the quacky “Funk Funko Potamus”…

Kike Mora: “Yesterday” Solo Bass Performance

3. Kike Mora: “Yesterday” Solo Bass Performance

Kike Mora shared this video of him performing a solo bass arrangement of The Beatles’ “Yesterday.” We couldn’t think of a better day to share this video than on Paul McCartney’s birthday…

Prophets of Rage Announce Make America Rage Again Tour

4. Prophets of Rage Announce Make America Rage Again Tour

Guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilk and bassist Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine fame have teamed up with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real to form Prophets of Rage. The politically themed band blends elements of each of the members’ respective groups…

Talking Technique: Modes on a String

5. Talking Technique: Modes on a String

Typically when we play scales, we play across the strings, but there’s a lot of value in playing all the way up a single string. In this new lesson, Ariane Cap shows us the way…

Claus Freudenstein Introduces US Made Minibass

6. Claus Freudenstein Introduces US Made Minibass

Claus Freudenstein has unveiled the US version of his Freudenstein Minibass, a miniature contrabass designed for teaching children as young as five years old. It has a 70cm string length and comes in multiple colors…

Rich Brown: Violin Partita No. 1 in Bmin

7. Rich Brown: Violin Partita No. 1 in Bmin

Rich Brown is always cooking up some great videos for us to share. “[Here’s a] short video of me playing one of the Bach Violin Partitas,” he said. “I love this stuff and I had such a blast learning this piece. I hope you and your readers enjoy it.” We think you will…

RHCP Release First Studio Album in Five Years

8. RHCP Release First Studio Album in Five Years

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released their 11th studio album, The Getaway, the band’s first record since 2011’s I’m with You. The album was produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Nigel Godrich, and as always, features Flea on bass…

Reader Spotlight: Janette Kidd

9. Reader Spotlight: Janette Kidd

Meet Janette Kidd, a bassist from Scotland who has had an interesting career – in and out of music. One of my favorite parts of her story is how she turned a guitar into a bass (way before our how-to video), which set her on a path for life…

Bass of the Week: AJR Guitars Singlecut Bass

10. Bass of the Week: AJR Guitars Singlecut Bass

Our friend Christopher Kerton sent in pics of his bass for us to check out, and it almost knocked me out. The custom singlecut bass by AJR Guitars is a beauty to begin with, but digging into the details got me even more excited…