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  • Darkglass Electronics Introduces the Alpha Omega Distortion Pedal

    Darkglass Electronics Introduces the Alpha Omega Distortion Pedal

    Darkglass Electronics wowed NAMM attendees this year with a brand new pedal called the Alpha Omega. Co-designed with Karnivool’s Jon Stockman, the stompbox is a departure from their previous circuits and preamplifiers. “[The Alpha Omega] is fully operational amplifier based and has two distinct distortion circuits (Alpha and Omega) which can be selected or blended... »

  • Jefferson Airplane: Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil, 1967

    Jefferson Airplane: Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil, 1967

    We’re kicking it old school today with a clip of Jefferson Airplane from a performance in 1967. Our friend Will Marks sent the clip in, noting the tasteful bass work of Jack Casady. “Interesting to see how he developed and presented his sections when the bass was featured — typically found them to be rooted... »

  • “Learn to Play the UBass” eBook Now Available

    “Learn to Play the UBass” eBook Now Available

    If you’ve been reading No Treble for a while, you’ve probably seen Magnus Sjöquist grooving hard on the Kala UBass. Now Sjöquist is sharing his bass playing knowledge in a new eBook entitled Learn to Play the UBass. Available for iOS, the book is highly interactive with picture galleries, multi-angle videos, and lesson quizzes. The... »

  • Ashdown Reveals Origin Bass Head and Tube Preamp/DI

    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. The Origin amp starts with an active/passive input switch and effects loop. It has a five-band... »

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  • Groove – Episode #26: Nathan East

    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 it runs across many genres. Whether you have grooved to the sounds of Daft Punk’s massive hit, “Get Lucky” or enjoyed the hit song “Easy Lover” by Phil Collins in the mid-eighties,... »

  • Eric Gales & Cody Wright Live at NAMM

    Eric Gales & Cody Wright Live at NAMM

    The Dunlop booth was a great hang during this year’s NAMM Show. Among the highlights was an appearance by Eric Gales and Cody Wright, who played “Pickin’ & Grinnin’.” Thankfully, cameras were rolling. »

  • Pino Palladino Joins John Mayer for North American Tour

    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 trek will showcase the songwriter in three settings starting with a full band, then moving to a solo acoustic set, and finishing with his trio. Mayer’s trio... »

  • Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in January 2017

    Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in January 2017

    January is always a big month for new bass gear, thanks to the NAMM Show. The No Treble crew attended the show, and our coverage will contiune in the coming weeks as we sort through the notes. There were some big stories thanks to this year’s show. Here are the top 10 reader favorites for... »

  • When Personal Beliefs Conflict with The Gig

    When Personal Beliefs Conflict with The Gig

    Q: I spent this past Saturday marching the streets of Austin, TX with about 50,000 like-minded fellow Americans. Felt great… both humbling and inspiring! The next morning, I was playing my regular church gig – a place with a very different worldview and some decidedly harsh perspectives regarding my fellow marchers. I kept my mouth... »

  • Jean-Baptiste Salles: Radiohead’s “Exit Music” for Double Bass

    Jean-Baptiste Salles: Radiohead’s “Exit Music” for Double Bass

    I’m a sucker for a good Radiohead song, and even more so when there’s a great bass cover of it. Jean-Baptiste Salles brings a beautiful depth to the melancholy melody of “Exit Music” from the band’s iconic OK Computer album. “I accompanied myself with a Bass VI,” Salles says, adding that he included the piano... »