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  • Jaco Pastorius: 30 Years Later

    Jaco Pastorius: 30 Years Later

    Today marks 30 years since Jaco Pastorius passed away. Though three decades have come and gone, his approach to the bass and singular voice on the instrument is still strongly felt. We remember him today with a collection of reader favorite videos and transcriptions from our archives »

  • Wayne Jones Audio Introduces the WJBPII Twin Channel Bass Preamp

    Wayne Jones Audio Introduces the WJBPII Twin Channel Bass Preamp

    Australia’s Wayne Jones Audio has unveiled the bass amp builder’s latest creation: the WJBPII Twin Channel Bass Preamp. The comprehensive unit has two independent channels with the second channel having the option of phantom power. “Listening to endorsees Scott Colley & André Berry I designed this new edition for the endorsee family,” designer Jones writes.... »

  • Gary Peacock Trio Releases “Tangents”

    Gary Peacock Trio Releases “Tangents”

    At 82 years old and after playing for nearly 65 years, jazz bass master Gary Peacock still has the fire. Any proof you’d need of that is evidenced in his latest album called Tangents, featuring his trio with Marc Copland and Joey Baron. Peacock’s signature bass lines and thoughtful solos grace the album with a... »

  • Cort Guitars Unveils the GB75JH Bass Guitar

    Cort Guitars Unveils the GB75JH Bass Guitar

    After introducing a JJ model earlier this year, Cort has once again added to their GB7 series with the GB75JH bass. The new bass takes a “proven body and bridge design” and adds a new pickup configuration – in this case a single coil pickup with a humbucker in the bridge position. “This model is... »

  • Living Colour Returns With “Shade”

    Living Colour Returns With “Shade”

    It’s been eight years since the last Living Colour album, but the wait has been worth it. The band has just released Shade, a 13-song record that brings their unique blend of rock, blues, and funk to 2017. This time, it focuses particularly on the blues. The spark for the album came from performing a... »

  • Bass of the Week: Brooks EB-RBL

    Bass of the Week: Brooks EB-RBL

    Hans Grimm shared his fantastic bass on the No Treble Facebook group, and it got lots of us excited. “This beauty was built for me by very talented amateur luthier Rob van den Broek, under his Brooks brand,” the bassist wrote. “The model is based on a classic Gibson, and also sports Hamer-ish looks.” The... »

  • Electro-Harmonix Now Shipping the Hot Wax Dual Overdrive Pedal

    Electro-Harmonix Now Shipping the Hot Wax Dual Overdrive Pedal

    Electro-Harmonix has combined their Hot Tubes and Crayon overdrive pedals to create the Hot Wax Dual Overdrive. Each side of the pedal can be used independently with their own footswitches or stacked for extra dirt. Both circuits have their own Volume and Drive knobs while a master EQ controls tone for the whole output. A... »

  • Copeland, Cosma, King, and Belew Team Up for Gizmodrome

    Copeland, Cosma, King, and Belew Team Up for Gizmodrome

    Earlier this year, we found out about a new project started up by The Police’s Stewart Copeland and keyboardist Vittorio Cosma. As if that duo wasn’t cool enough, they brought in Level 42 bassist Mark King and guitar legend Adrian Belew. Now the quartet has released an album that came together in a burst of... »

  • Nordstrand Audio Unveils the Big SplitMan Pickup

    Nordstrand Audio Unveils the Big SplitMan Pickup

    Nordstrand Audio has expanded their pickup line once again with a new creation called the Big SplitMan. It takes two of their Big Splits and puts them into the MM-style BigMan cover. “In essence, this pickup is a quad-coil BigMan with a cutthroat vendetta against hum and a raw energy slightly superseding the BigMan’s iconic... »

  • Dean Markley Unveils Blue Steel Cables

    Dean Markley Unveils Blue Steel Cables

    Dean Markley’s Blue Steel cryogenic treatment has been used on their Blue Steel strings for years. Now they’re applying that to instrument and speaker cables. “Using our unique process, we cryo treat Blue Steel instrument cables with a quick blast of liquid nitrogen, changing their molecular structure with marvelous results,” the company explains. “We’re talking... »