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  • Gear Watch: Gold Tone PBB and BB-400+

    Gear Watch: Gold Tone PBB and BB-400+

    While checking out all the great new gear at NAMM, the Gold Tone booth really caught our eye with some great twists on the bass. New for 2010 is their PBB model, a resonator bass with an extending aluminum endpin allowing it to sit in an upright position. The bass has a 32″ scale, with... »

  • Sublime with Rome Announce Tour

    Sublime with Rome have announced an extensive tour as a follow-up to their debut 6-date trek in April and May. The group continues to perform popular songs from Sublime’s self-titled album, which was released just after original singer Brad Nowell’s death. Bassist Eric Wilson explained earlier this year, “Many of our songs have never been... »

  • Gear Watch: EMG X Series Pickup Sets for Jazz Bass

    Gear Watch: EMG X Series Pickup Sets for Jazz Bass

    EMG has released Jazz bass versions of their X series pickups: the JX, JAX, and JVX sets. The brand’s X-Series is made to provide increased headroom, giving the voicing an organic and open tone while keeping great clarity and response. EMG describes them as “bridging the gap between passive and active tone.” The JX retains... »

  • Gear Watch: Digitech BP90 Multi-Effects Processor

    Gear Watch: Digitech BP90 Multi-Effects Processor

    Digitech released the new BP90 Bass Multi-Effects Processor as part of their appearance at the 2010 Summer NAMM Show. Powered by the AudioDNA 2 processor, the BP90 is built to digitally represent equipment including stompboxes, amplifiers, cabinets, and tons of effects. In all, it features 27 effects, 11 amps, five cabinets, and five stompboxes to... »

  • Summer NAMM Gear Watch: Fleabass Street Bass

    Summer NAMM Gear Watch: Fleabass Street Bass

    The Fleabass line will be expanding with the coming of the Street Bass model, due to ship in late July. The Street Bass is an even more affordable version of the already available Touring Bass, which Flea himself is using to tour and write the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album with. The Street model... »

  • Help Kickstart Tri-Fi’s New Album

    Jazz trio Tri-Fi, featuring bassist and Scott Lafaro expert Phil Palombi, have announced that they are in the process of creating a new album. The CD will be their third album, following up on 2007’s Postcards. To fund the project, they have created a Kickstarter account, which asks for donations in return for gifts, ranging... »

  • Low Notes for Nashville Kicks Off NAMM Weekend Right

    The guys from Low Notes for Nashville really know how to throw a party. Low Notes For Nashville – The Benefit Concert was held last night in Nashville, with a non-stop, 4+ hour lineup of bassists performing and sharing stories about Nashville, area musicians and ways to help people impacted by the flooding that took... »

  • Thump Music Announces Victor Wooten Australian Clinic Tour

    Following a successful tour in 2009, Thump Music and Victor Wooten have announced they’re joining forces again this year. The clinic will be expanded this year, including stops in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Joining Wooten is Australian bassist Dane Alderson, who will be presenting a clinic of his approach to technique, practice, improvisation... »

  • Fender Announces Rock & Roar Giveaway

    As a part of the promotion of the new Green Day: Rock Band video game, Fender has announced the Rock & Roar Giveaway. The grand-prize winner receives an autographed Squier by Fender Mike Dirnt Precision Bass Gutar, a Fender Rumble 15 combo amp, and a copy of the new Green Day: Rock Band game. Five... »

  • Leaving for NAMM

    Kevin and I are loading up the notreble-mobile with lots of tunes, snacks and a bunch of No Treble stickers and heading south today for the big Summer NAMM show. It is a 10 hour drive (each way!), and it’s a sacrifice we’re willing to make so we can cover all the new bass stuff.... »