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  • Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of October 6th

    Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of October 6th

    Here’s the best of the best in the land of the low end… the most viewed stories, how-to’s and videos on No Treble for the week of October 6-12, 2013. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing! 1. Guitar Bank: Fender Jazz Bass Shootout There’s always been debate about the differences in quality between Fender basses... »

  • Cody Wright: “Blackbird” Solo Bass Arrangement

    Cody Wright: “Blackbird” Solo Bass Arrangement

    “Blackbird” by The Beatles may be one of the most covered songs ever written, but Cody Wright of the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra puts an awesome spin on it with his unique bass arrangement. Switching between tapping, fingerstyle and picking, Wright’s mesmerizing version was captured during his performance at the Asheville Music Hall in Asheville, North... »

  • Randy Brecker Releases “Brecker Brothers Band Reunion” with Will Lee and Chris Minh Doky

    Randy Brecker Releases “Brecker Brothers Band Reunion” with Will Lee and Chris Minh Doky

    The surge of jazz fusion in the ’70s produced some incredible music, especially the work of the virtuosic Brecker Brothers. Led by trumpeter Randy Brecker and saxophonist Michael Brecker, their self-titled debut blew listeners away with an electric sound that melded genres and spawned the classic track “Some Skunk Funk.” “When the band started back... »

  • Fender Introduces Vintage Hot Rod ’60s Precision and ’70s Jazz Basses

    Fender Introduces Vintage Hot Rod ’60s Precision and ’70s Jazz Basses

    Fender has rolled out two new basses as part of their Vintage Hot Rod series, an American-made lineup that the company describes as incorporating the best of old and new features. The Fender Vintage Hot Rod ’60s Precision Bass and ’70s Jazz Bass riff on classic designs while adding new features like a 7.25″-12″ compound-radius... »

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  • Miki Santamaria: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” for Solo Bass

    Miki Santamaria: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” for Solo Bass

    I’ve been super impressed with Miki Santamaria since the first video we shared by him. It goes beyond his bass playing, which is remarkable enough. It is his musicianship that impresses me even more. Here’s Miki performing a solo bass arrangement of “Somewhere Over the Rainbox”, which he says is “One of the prettiest melodies... »

  • Eventide Introduces PowerFactor 2

    Eventide Introduces PowerFactor 2

    Eventide and Danish company Cioks have teamed up to release the PowerFactor 2, a power supply that can run up to four Eventide pedals as well as up to four other pedals. It has eight regulated, isolated DC outlets – four rated at 400mA, two rated at 200mA, and two rated at 100mA – all... »

  • Learning New Tunes: Go Beyond the Bass

    Learning New Tunes: Go Beyond the Bass

    Let’s face it, we’re not all singers. Some of us opted to join band in school instead of choir, and in doing so, we missed out on the vocal warm-ups and breathing lessons. We never took the bull by the horns and sang lead, be it on stage or around a campfire, and maybe a... »

  • Lynn Seaton and Christian McBride: “Blues in the Closet”

    Lynn Seaton and Christian McBride: “Blues in the Closet”

    It’s always a blast to see musical masters having fun jamming on a tune. Donovan Stokes sent me this video of Lynn Seaton and Christian McBride playing on the Oscar Pettiford song “Blues in the Closet” at the University of North Texas, where Seaton teaches Jazz Studies. The two bassists trade some of the tastiest... »

  • Korn Releases “The Paradigm Shift”

    Korn Releases “The Paradigm Shift”

    Korn has released The Paradigm Shift, the band’s eleventh studio album and the first to feature guitarist Brian “Head” Welch since 2003. Blending elements of their old and new styles, bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu says the mix is the best of both worlds. “The new record is everything we’ve wanted to be,” Fieldy shared. “Everybody... »

  • SolidGoldFX Announces SuperDrive Beta Pedal

    SolidGoldFX Announces SuperDrive Beta Pedal

    SolidGoldFX has introduced their first bass-specific effects pedal, the SuperDrive Beta. Designed with an EQ tailored for bass, the pedal offers tones from old school thump, to an “Ampeg inspired” drive. The SuperDrive Beta is built with a JFET preamp with subtle germanium clipping to double as an always-on tone shaper or a cutting fuzz.... »