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Carvin Introduces MB210 Combo Bass Amp
Amps

Carvin Introduces MB210 Combo Bass Amp

Carvin has added a 210 model to their micro bass combo amp series. The MB210 carries an internal head unit, a pair of 10” speakers, and a neodymium titanium tweeter, all while weighing a mere 36 pounds. Alone, the MB210 delivers 200W at 8 ohms, but can push up to 250W at 4 ohms with the addition of an 8...

The Most Influential Blues Bassists: Part 1
Blues Bass

The Most Influential Blues Bassists: Part 1

One of the common bonds between a lot of us bass players is that we learned how to play by ear. Unlike other instruments, such as the clarinet or piano, we didn’t start out by taking private lessons, nor did we play in the fourth grade orchestra at school. Instead, we heard songs on the radio with cool bass lines...

Gothenburg Bass Quartet: O, Tannenbaum
Bass Videos

Gothenburg Bass Quartet: O, Tannenbaum

Here’s a warming rendition of “O, Tannenbaum,” performed by the Gothenburg Bass Quartet. (Beware, the group also doubles as the Gothenburg Kazoo Quartet!) The four members play in front of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree… no, wait. That’s a bass flight trunk. Charles DeRamus shows the decorating of the trunk, saying it took “11 hours, which is a new Swedish...

Tool Expands Winter Tour with New Dates
Concerts & Tours

Tool Expands Winter Tour with New Dates

Tool has released more dates for their upcoming North American winter tour, including more shows on the East Coast. New performances are slated for the New England area as well as North Carolina and Florida. It’s also been announced that the progressive metal outfit Intronaut will provide opening support on their early shows. Though the band is secretive about their...

Sandberg Previews MarloweDK Signature Bass
Basses

Sandberg Previews MarloweDK Signature Bass

Thomas Risell, better known as MarloweDK, is one of the most watched bassists on Youtube. His instructional and playalong videos have been viewed more than 22 million times on Youtube, and his lessons here on No Treble are incredibly popular as well. No surprise then, that the bassist caught the attention of Sandberg Guitars, who are developing the MarloweDK Signature...

Bass of the Week: Marleaux Diva
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Marleaux Diva

Gerald Marleaux’s artistic flair really shines through in his Diva model, a fretless bass with an avant-garde body shape and three-octave rosewood fingerboard. Designed to have an acoustic resonance reminiscent of an upright bass, the neck-through bass is built with a three-piece padauk neck with a custom choice of woods for the body wings and top. The Diva includes a...

Nick Mason: Jingle Bells Solo Tap Bass
Bass Videos

Nick Mason: Jingle Bells Solo Tap Bass

Editor’s note: we’re celebrating the holidays this week with some awesome (and sometimes funny) holiday videos. Be sure to check back every day for some holiday cheer, bass-style. We first featured bassist Nick Mason recently, with his all-bass arrangement of Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me“. And then we spotted this fun holiday-inspired performance by Nick, two hand...

John Carey Releases Revelry Now
New Albums

John Carey Releases Revelry Now

New York bassist John Carey has released his fourth solo album, entitled Revelry Now. The project contains Carey’s takes on pop and rock standards, including Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me,” and the Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down.” Revelry Now provides a beautiful, intimate listening experience. Carey recruited singer Fawn Segerson and drummer Frank...

Dirty Loops: Baby (Justin Bieber Cover, with Bass Awesomeness)
Bass Videos

Dirty Loops: Baby (Justin Bieber Cover, with Bass Awesomeness)

This one is blowing UP! Dirty Loops has done it again. This time the Swedish trio has created a pumped-up version of Justin Bieber’s hit “Baby,” with an absolutely killing solo from bassist Henrik Linder at the 1:41 mark. Dirty Loops has a reputation for taking pop songs we can’t stand and making them awesome. If you haven’t heard of...

Reading Requirements: Bass and Treble Clef?
Ask Damian Erskine

Reading Requirements: Bass and Treble Clef?

Q: I can already read treble clef fairly instinctively, having played the clarinet for years. I started playing jazz (on bass) a few months ago, and now can find my way around most lead sheets, but my question is: should I bother to learn bass clef, when treble clef feels more natural to me? I rarely have a need to...