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Weekly Top 10: Remembering John Wetton, Nathan East Podcast, More Bass News from NAMM, Top Videos and More

Sadly, we lost another legend this week, and our tribute to John Wetton was the most read, most shared story over the past seven days.

Rounding out the list of most read/most watched features include our Groove interview with Nathan East, more news from NAMM, a timely column from Damian Erskine, some terrific videos, and more.

Thanks as always for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

In Memoriam: John Wetton

1. In Memoriam: John Wetton

Sad news to report: prog rock legend John Wetton has died after a battle with colon cancer. He was 67 years old…

Schecter Unveils CV Series Basses

2. Schecter Unveils CV Series Basses

Schecter announced the CV Series of basses at the Winter NAMM Show this year. Available in four and five-string versions, the model centers around its electronics with a new set of the company’s Diamond J-Bucker pickups…

Pino Palladino Joins John Mayer for North American Tour

3. Pino Palladino Joins John Mayer for North American Tour

John Mayer is gearing up for his new album, The Search for Everything, with a North American tour to take place from March 31st to April 22nd. The tour will include bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan…

When Personal Beliefs Conflict with The Gig

4. When Personal Beliefs Conflict with The Gig

This week’s “Ask Damian” question is about as timely as they come. A reader asked Damian for advice on how to handle a gig where beliefs aren’t in sync between the band members. An interesting subject for sure for this new column…

Bokanté: Jou Ké Ouvè

5. Bokanté: Jou Ké Ouvè

Bokanté is a new band and experiment by Snarky Puppy founder and GroundUP Music creator Michael League. For the most part, League plays baritone guitar in this group, but he also doubles on bass…

Bass of the Week: Lawalin Guitars Chamele Bass

6. Bass of the Week: Lawalin Guitars Chamele Bass

This week we’re checking out a bass that went viral on Facebook. If you didn’t see this video of the Lawalin Chamele yet, watch it, and you’ll understand why it was so popular. Besides the incredible light show, the Chamele is not your typical bass…

MarloweDK: Slow Funk Groove in Dm

7. MarloweDK: Slow Funk Groove in Dm

It is always great to see MarloweDK doing his thing, and he’s back with a new video. Here’s what he describes as a “thumb plucking, finger picking bass groove in D, using (as always) as many open strings as possible.” This one grooves…

Ashdown Reveals Origin Bass Head and Tube Preamp/DI

8. Ashdown Reveals Origin Bass Head and Tube Preamp/DI

Ashdown debuted the Origin series at NAMM this year, including a 300-watt bass amplifier and a tube preamp and DI pedal. Both units are designed to be “lightweight, portable and stripped back” for a strong yet streamlined bass signal…

Sadowsky Introduces Compact SBP-2 Preamp Pedal

9. Sadowsky Introduces Compact SBP-2 Preamp Pedal

Sadowsky Guitars has released a compact version of their preamp pedal called the SBP-2. The new outboard preamp has the same circuitry that the company fits into their basses but in a slimmed down design…

Groove – Episode #26: Nathan East

10. Groove – Episode #26: Nathan East

It’s hard to not hear the music of Nathan East. His discography is – literally – a who’s who of popular music and runs across many genres. Nathan is our guest for this month’s episode of Groove – the No Treble podcast. Enjoy the conversation…