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  • BOSS Introduces TU-10 Clip-on Tuner

    BOSS Introduces TU-10 Clip-on Tuner

    BOSS has entered into the realm of clip-on tuners with the announcement of the TU-10. Available in five colors, the compact tuner is designed so that the meter and the clip are all one piece in order to avoid structural weakness. The TU-10 supports flat tuning up to five semitones down for drop-tuning and a... »

  • Bass of the Week: Thin Gypsy Thief Studio’s RevolveR Steampunk Bass

    Bass of the Week: Thin Gypsy Thief Studio’s RevolveR Steampunk Bass

    This week we check out something a little different: The RevolveR Steampunk bass made by Kyle Miller, aka “Thin Gypsy Thief”. Miller, who works as a visual artist, luthier and propmaker in Vancouver, was commissioned to build the fully functional instrument for rapper T-Pain. “The bass was built for Grammy winning recording artist T-Pain as... »

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  • Pop With a Twist: An Exclusive Interview with Henrik Linder of Dirty Loops

    Pop With a Twist: An Exclusive Interview with Henrik Linder of Dirty Loops

    How do you make pop music cool again? One way is to have Dirty Loops cover it. Since posting their cover of Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” on YouTube, the Swedish trio has caught the attention of fans across the world. Their latest cover of Justin Bieber’s “Baby” has gotten over 1.3 million views in about... »

  • Paul McCartney and Wings: Band on the Run, Live in 1976

    Paul McCartney and Wings: Band on the Run, Live in 1976

    Here’s a nice throwback sent to us by our Facebook friend Patrick Tobin: Paul McCartney and company getting down on “Band on the Run” from their 1976 performance at the Seattle Kingdome. “Now lets not forget Macca on his [Rickenbacker], and a nice bit of bass playing,” Tobin reminded us. Good call! »

  • Gruv Gear Announces Damian Erskine Duostrap Signature Bass Strap

    Gruv Gear Announces Damian Erskine Duostrap Signature Bass Strap

    Gruv Gear has introduced the Duostrap Signature, a genuine leather strap backed by bassist (and No Treble columnist) Damian Erskine. The new strap features a pair of over-the-shoulder straps for balanced weight distribution to reduce shoulder strain while keeping a comfortable playing position. By design, the right shoulder strap loops around the upper horn of... »

  • Tech 21 Introduces New 1000-Watt VT Bass Amp Head at NAMM

    Tech 21 Introduces New 1000-Watt VT Bass Amp Head at NAMM

    Tech 21 is adding to their Private Stock division with the announcement of their new VT Bass 1000 head. Weighing in at just 12 pounds, the VT 1000 is a 2-channel, 1000 watt RMS head in with a Class D power section and 2000 watts peak output. The head features SansAmp circuitry, which is designed... »

  • On Soloing: Think Pocket, Melody, Theme, Interplay and Form

    On Soloing: Think Pocket, Melody, Theme, Interplay and Form

    Q: During a recent performance with my bad, I was given a spot to solo in a fast, up-tempo (120 bpm) funk tune. I basically have as much time as I need to “do my thing” with only the drummer accompanying me. My question: during my solo spot, should I stay in the pocket (the... »

  • Joe Zinkan: Four Leaf Clover (Old School Slap Bass)

    Joe Zinkan: Four Leaf Clover (Old School Slap Bass)

    Thomas Bizzle shared this great video of Joe Zinkan playing some mean upright slap bass on the tune “Four Leaf Clover.” Though Zinkan became a regular band member on the Grand ‘Ol Opry, the clip comes from a 1965 episode of the “Bobby Lord Show”. Old school slap. We love it. Have a video to... »

  • Mike Watt to Reunite With fIREHOSE; Releases Album with Spielgusher

    Mike Watt to Reunite With fIREHOSE; Releases Album with Spielgusher

    2012 is shaping up to be a busy year for punk rock icon Mike Watt, with the and the announcement that fIREHOSE will be reuniting in April. The group, which was formed by Watt and fellow Minutemen member George Hurley after frontman D. Boon’s death, hasn’t played together since 1994. The band has revealed two... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Kaitie Sly

    Reader Spotlight: Kaitie Sly

    Meet Kaitie Sly, a bassist from Victoria who plays both electric and double bass. Kaitie is our player in the spotlight for February 7, 2012. Bio: I am an electric and upright bassist. I have been playing music since I was eight years old. I started playing music on the piano, taking private lessons, and... »