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Gear Watch: Gallien-Krueger Introduces New MB Series Amps for 2011
Bass Gear, NAMM 2011

Gear Watch: Gallien-Krueger Introduces New MB Series Amps for 2011

Gallien-Krueger Amplification has expanded their MB series by adding a new more powerful head unit, a new combo, and powered enclosures to the line up. The MB800 is an 800-watt amp that weighs in at 4.9 pounds and features a discreet FET driven preamp and power amp. The unit includes a 10dB pad, tuning mute switch, two gains, a four...

Walking the Bass: Jazz Standard Progressions
Sheet Music & Instruction

Walking the Bass: Jazz Standard Progressions

Mel Bay’s new jazz bass method was actually written by guitarist Frank Vignola. Walking the Bass: Jazz Standard Progressions is a collection of ten walking bass lines for the most common progressions in jazz standards. The 28 page book is designed to provide the student with strong concepts for playing each walking line, while also learning how to outline chords...

Victor Wooten Announces VIX Records, Re-Releases “A Show of Hands”
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Victor Wooten Announces VIX Records, Re-Releases “A Show of Hands”

Victor Wooten will be expanding his musical footprint as he launches VIX Records, his self-owned label on which he will release all of his future albums. The new record label will give Vic “complete control of his creations,” as well as help others keep their voice. “We aim to provide, by example, a different standard and model for record labels...

Gear Watch: TC Electronic Blacksmith Bass Amp
Bass Gear, NAMM 2011

Gear Watch: TC Electronic Blacksmith Bass Amp

TC Electronic’s bass amp 2.0 line has just gotten a little bigger and a lot louder with the introduction of the Blacksmith. The amp shares many of the same features as its siblings, including an integrated chromatic tuner, four-band EQ, SpectraComp ‘per-string’ compression, TubeTone tube amp recreation, and TweeterTone high frequency control. Three user presets are also available for versatility....

Gear Watch: Ibanez Paul Gray Tribute Bass
Bass Gear, NAMM 2011

Gear Watch: Ibanez Paul Gray Tribute Bass

Among a slew of new instruments, Ibanez has released a tribute bass to the late Slipknot bassist, Paul Gray. The new bass was designed in conjunction with Gray’s family and the Slipknot management. Proceeds from sales of the bass will go towards a special trust for Paul’s daughter and family. The PGB2T features a mahogany body and maple neck with...

NAMM Watch 2011: Part 1
NAMM 2011, No Treble Originals

NAMM Watch 2011: Part 1

No Treble’s first day at NAMM 2011 witnessed some amazing developments in the bass space. To start off, we’re going to share some exciting clips and photos of exceptionally talented bassists we know you’ll enjoy, plus a few gear previews. Check out our ongoing NAMM 2011 coverage. Sterling Ball & Dave LaRue Game Changer bass demo Sterling Ball and Dave...

Gear Watch: Dean Guitars’ John Entwistle Signature Series
Bass Gear, NAMM 2011

Gear Watch: Dean Guitars’ John Entwistle Signature Series

Dean Guitars has unveiled two new John Entwistle signature basses at NAMM, named the Spider and the Hybrid. The Spider is a limited edition, where the Hybrid will be a standard model available in a USA model and one presumably built overseas. The John Entwistle Spider is an extremely limited run with only 25 produced worldwide. With it’s angular design...

Win a TC Electronic BG500
Contest

Win a TC Electronic BG500

Don’t Miss Out: TC Electronic and No Treble are teaming up for an ultimate gear contest! One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a TC Electronic BG500 bass amp. Four first-prize winners will receive one of two TC Electronic PolyTune tuners, a Nova Delay pedal or a Nova Repeater pedal. Five runners up prize winners will receive a coveted No...

Jonny Decker: Slap, Tap, Pluck, Snap Solo Bass Performance
Bass Videos

Jonny Decker: Slap, Tap, Pluck, Snap Solo Bass Performance

Our friend Nick Huckeby shares this video of bassist Jonny Decker in this extended solo bass performance. Jonny is playing a Peter Hilton bass. Nick writes, “He taps, he picks, he plucks, he snaps, etc. He is just great. Please share his awesomeness with the other No Treble fans.” Happy to do it Nick! Thanks.

Bootsy Collins Announces First Studio Album in Five Years
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Bootsy Collins Announces First Studio Album in Five Years

Bootsy Collins will be releasing his first studio album in five years, according to BillBoard.com. The project, entitled Tha Funk Capital of the World, serves as a memorial to his late musical heroes, including James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Thelonious Monk, and fellow P-Funk member Garry Shider. “In 2008 we went out and did a tribute to James Brown tour with…...

Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten Announce Spring Road Trip Tour 2011
Concerts & Tours

Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten Announce Spring Road Trip Tour 2011

The biggest bass tour of the year (so far) has been announced as the Victor Wooten Band and the Stanley Clarke Band will be hitting the road together throughout March. The bass heavyweights will begin their Spring Road Trip 2011 tour in Oklahoma City and work their way throughout the U.S., finishing up on the 26th as part of Gerald...

Ask Damian Erskine: Music as a Language
Ask Damian Erskine

Ask Damian Erskine: Music as a Language

Q: I often hear people speak of music as a language but for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to relate to that idea and make it useful. Any thoughts? A: You’re not alone. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I’ve been in the same boat you’re in. I have chosen to think of...