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Schecter Announces Johnny Christ Signature Bass
Basses

Schecter Announces Johnny Christ Signature Bass

Avenged Sevenfold’s Johnny Christ has joined Schecter’s artist roster and has a new signature bass with the company. The Schecter Johnny Christ Signature Bass features a brand new body shape and headstock. Built with an ash body, 3-piece maple neck and ebony fingerboard, the new bass is decked out in black with gold hardware. The hardware is accented by gold...

Versatility: A Guide for Bassists
Ask Damian Erskine

Versatility: A Guide for Bassists

Q: Like a lot of the guys out there on the scene, you make a living playing a wide variety of styles. I have a hard enough time trying to play well in any one style of music. How do you get so comfortable in so many different kinds of musical settings? A: I think that a part of it...

Pedro Aznar: “Muñequitos de papel” (or Bass with a Screwdriver)
Bass Videos

Pedro Aznar: “Muñequitos de papel” (or Bass with a Screwdriver)

Andres shared this highly unusual video with us of Pedro Aznar playing his bass with a screwdriver. Yes. A screwdriver. Andres said “the song is called ‘Muñequitos de papel’, which literally translates to ‘Little Paper Puppets'”.

Rush Adds 2013 North American Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Rush Adds 2013 North American Tour Dates

Rush will be returning to the U.S. in April to catch some venues that the Canadian rockers passed over on their first go around. Kicking off in Austin, Texas on April 23rd, the trek will focus on the East Coast with stops in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, and New Jersey. The group, which will be inducted to...

Reader Spotlight: Carla Betz
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Carla Betz

Meet bassist Carla Betz, who has one of the coolest stories we’ve read among the Reader Spotlight submissions. Carla is an actress (and bartender too), and it was thanks to her acting career that she became a bassist. Her credentials are a mile long, and her answer to the “superpower” question is a Tenacious D reference. How cool is that?...

Fender Introduces Select Active Jazz Bass
Basses

Fender Introduces Select Active Jazz Bass

Fender’s 2013 additions to their Select Series includes the Fender Select Active Jazz Bass. Described as the company’s “top-of-the-production-line”, the new bass features an alder body with a flame maple top and hand-stained Tobacco Sunburst finish with a gloss-lacquer topcoat. The Select Active Jazz bass sports a neck made of quartersawn maple, with a modern “C” shape and reinforced with...

Beardfish: The Hunter
Bass Videos

Beardfish: The Hunter

Our Facebook friend Samwise Fair suggested we check out the song “The Hunter” by Swedish progressive rock band Beardfish. The tune features a bubbling and driving bass line from Robert Hansen, who lays down the low end on a J-Bass. He also has some fancy footwork that only a bassist could do.

Status Graphite Announces Chris Wolstenholme Signature Bass
Basses

Status Graphite Announces Chris Wolstenholme Signature Bass

Status Graphite has introduced the Chris Wolstenholme Signature Bass, which the company says retains most of the classic Status design with a few features tailored to the Muse bassist’s tastes. The bass is built around an alder body with a graphite shell on the front and back faces, which is matched with a woven graphite through-neck topped with a phenolic...

Songsterr: A Look at the Tab Player for iOS and Android
Apps

Songsterr: A Look at the Tab Player for iOS and Android

While I am a big proponent of learning to read notation, I do agree that tab can be extremely useful, especially to the beginning musician. Tab has its place and its usefulness is undeniable, so I was looking forward to checking out the Songsterr Tab app on my iPad and iPhone. Man. I wish I had this when I was...

David Devereux: “Baba O’Riley” All Bass Live Looping Cover
Bass Videos

David Devereux: “Baba O’Riley” All Bass Live Looping Cover

Well this one made my day. First, this nice note from bassist David Devereux: “…Thank you for featuring one of my videos as well as the player spotlight on your site last year, the response has been incredible and it was a huge motivation boost.” And this video, a recently filmed all-bass looper cover of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley”. This...

Dropkick Murphys Release “Signed and Sealed in Blood”
New Albums

Dropkick Murphys Release “Signed and Sealed in Blood”

The Dropkick Murphys are kicking off the new year with a new album. Signed and Sealed in Blood is the eighth full-length studio album by the Irish-influenced punk rock band. This time though, the band wanted to do something different than the 2011 release Going Out in Style, which was a concept album. “This is just the opposite of [our...

Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of January 13
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of January 13

Gear coverage is cranking up as we get closer to the NAMM show this week, and plenty of gear made this week’s top 10. Here our the most read stories, lessons and the most watched videos on No Treble for the week of January 13-19, 2013. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing! 1. TC Electronic Announces Ditto Looper...