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NS Design Announces CR5 Radius Bass Guitar
Basses

NS Design Announces CR5 Radius Bass Guitar

NS Design excited the bass community at last year’s NAMM show by unveiling the NS Radius Bass Guitar. This year, the company has introduced a production version of the headless bass. Made in the Czech Republic, the CR5 Model shares all the same dimensions as its U.S. counterpart. The CR5 Radius Model is a 5-string bass that comes in three...

Expanded Harmonics: More on Locations and Patterns
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Expanded Harmonics: More on Locations and Patterns

Last time we talked about how to find out where harmonics occur on a string by dividing the string into equal parts. Below you will find a more straightforward representation of the specific harmonics that can be found at the end of the fingerboard on each string. We will be placing the thumb on the second octave harmonic for each...

Ray Riendeau: “The Stranger” Live Bass and Drum Duo Performance
Bass Videos

Ray Riendeau: “The Stranger” Live Bass and Drum Duo Performance

Bassist Ray Riendeau shared his latest video with us, featuring a live performance of the tune “The Stranger” he did with drummer Martin Diamond. And the tune is quite a ride full of great rhythms, interplay and stellar technique. Great for listening and watching.

Jackson Introduces Quilted Maple Top Concert Basses
Basses

Jackson Introduces Quilted Maple Top Concert Basses

Jackson’s Concert Bass series has grown this year with the introduction of the JS3QM and JS3VQM models. The new versions take all the features of their brethren and add a quilted maple top. Four and five-string basses, respectively, the JS3QM and JS3VQM Concert Basses feature basswood bodies, bolt-on maple necks, and 24-fret, compound-radius rosewood fingerboards. The four-string model sports a...

Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of February 17
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of February 17

Last week was a record-breaking one for No Treble and readership, thanks in large part to the top 10 stories and videos that made this top 10 list. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing. It means a lot to us. 1. Marta Altesa: “Time Won’t Wait” Jamiroquai Play-Along Holy smokes. How have we missed Marta Altesa all this...

Aubrey Harris (aka BassGirl): “Crossroads”, with Keith Urban at ACA
Bass Videos

Aubrey Harris (aka BassGirl): “Crossroads”, with Keith Urban at ACA

Since we first featured bassist Aubrey Harris just about two years ago, we’ve known here simply as “BassGirl”. And for two years, she’s been impressing No Treble readers – including us. It has been great to watch Aubrey grow as a bassist and musician, and to see how she’s harnessed the power of the web to get her music and...

Bass Fretboard Workbook: Essential Music Principles and Concepts for Fretboard Mastery
Sheet Music & Instruction

Bass Fretboard Workbook: Essential Music Principles and Concepts for Fretboard Mastery

Hal Leonard announced a few new bass-focused books at this year’s NAMM Show, including a new one by author Chad Johnson. For many bassists, complete fretboard knowledge is lacking. Bass Fretboard Workbook – Essential Music Principles and Concepts for Fretboard Mastery was written to overcome these unknown spots with Johnson’s method for becoming comfortable with the whole neck. The method...

Review: Cort T54 and Curbow 52 Basses
Gear Reviews

Review: Cort T54 and Curbow 52 Basses

This review will cover two Cort basses, the T54, and the Curbow 52. These basses are not the Cort basses of years past you may remember when you went shopping for one of your early basses. For an entry level intermediate basses, I was truly impressed with the features, fit and finish, and the sound. It has been many a...

Milt Hinton: Old Man Time
Bass Videos

Milt Hinton: Old Man Time

I recently picked up Milt Hinton’s book Bass Line, and it just reinforced what a wonderful life he led. Known for his incredible slap technique, “The Judge” was also known for his great sense of humor, and here’s a great clip that shows off his personality and playing. The recording comes from the 1992 Mid-America Jazz Festival in St. Louis,...

In Memoriam: Kevin Ayers
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Kevin Ayers

Kevin Ayers, who co-founded the 1960s British psychedelic band The Soft Machine, has passed away at the age of 68. The cause of death has not be released. Ayers formed The Soft Machine in 1966, naming the group after the classic novel by William S. Burroughs. The group became an influential force as part of the “Canterbury scene” and was...

Ernie Ball Introduces Classic Sabre Bass
Basses

Ernie Ball Introduces Classic Sabre Bass

After a limited release for their Premier Dealer Network, Ernie Ball has reissued the Music Man Sabre as a standard model. The original Sabre, first introduced in 1978, was Music Man’s first dual humbucking bass. The new Classic Sabre is the first production of the instrument in twenty years and brings back the vintage design with updated electronics, classic mini...

Vulfpeck: Adrienne & Adrianne Happen to Bossa Nova
Bass Videos

Vulfpeck: Adrienne & Adrianne Happen to Bossa Nova

Ever since Vulfpeck released Vollmilch about a month or so ago, the tunes have been in constant rotation in my playlist. This video (along with the one for “Outro” we featured three weeks ago) are among my most favorite tracks from the album. Joe Dart, as usual, is head bobbing and laying down some sweet bass on this one, and...