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Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Albums of the Year
Best of 2013

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Albums of the Year

Our last Best of 2013 list focuses on the most popular albums we covered this year. I’m pretty sure it is safe to say there’s something for everyone here, given the incredible diversity of these albums, musicians and genres. 1. Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (Nathan East, Charles Berghofer, Don Ferrone, Drew Dembowski and James Genus) Electronica duo Daft Punk...

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Strings, Pickups & Accessories
Best of 2013

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Strings, Pickups & Accessories

Ah, the all-important bass accessories. From strings to pickups to headphones and more, we typically geek out when we find the latest and greatest items for the gig bag. Plus one or two harder-to-categorize gear. These 10 stories were the most popular in those categories on No Treble in 2013. 1. Fender Precision and Jazz Bass Replacement Bodies and Necks...

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Bass-Related News Stories
Best of 2013

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Bass-Related News Stories

The top 10 most read news stories on No Treble this year included some big news, like Pino Palladino joining Nine Inch Nails for their North American Tour and Paul McCartney ending his feud with Yoko Ono. But there were also some great stories about doing good, including Marcus Miller selling his basses to support the UNESCO Project and Janek...

Best of 2013: The Top Bassist Interviews, Old School Basses and Feature Stories
Best of 2013

Best of 2013: The Top Bassist Interviews, Old School Basses and Feature Stories

We try to share at least one special feature each week on No Treble, spanning various forms of interviews (Stories Behind the Songs, Track By Track and traditional interviews), special gear features (like Old School and Gear Roundups) and other stories worth telling. Here are the ten most popular features on No Treble in 2013, based on readership. 1. Bass...

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Basses
Best of 2013

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Basses

Our gear coverage included about 100 stories on new basses introduced this year. When we pulled the top 10 most read, we were a little surprised (we even triple checked the data). Fender took the top six slots in the most read category, and if you add in Squier, they made up 70% of this list. Love them or not,...

Best of 2013: The Top 10 No Treble Reader Spotlights
Best of 2013

Best of 2013: The Top 10 No Treble Reader Spotlights

My favorite feature every week is our Reader Spotlight, where we feature a No Treble reader. If you haven’t shared your story with us yet, I hope you will so we can feature you in 2014. (Just answer our interview questionnaire and you’ll be in the running for consideration). Here are the top 10 most popular spotlights in 2013. 1....

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Bass of the Week Features
Best of 2013

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Bass of the Week Features

The old adage is true: so many basses, so little time. That’s why we have the Bass of the Week to feature different low-end instruments, ranging from beautiful to bizarre. Here are the top 10 most popular Bass of the Week features in 2013, based on readership. 1. Stash Stainless Bass Guitar While perusing Facebook, I stumbled upon this uber-sleek,...

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Pedals & Effects
Best of 2013

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Pedals & Effects

Some bassists love them, some don’t. But pedals and effects news this year was as big as any on No Treble. Here are the 10 most popular pedal and effects stories on No Treble in 2013, based on readership. 1. TC Electronic Ditto Looper TC Electronic is getting back to the basics with the Ditto Looper, a looping pedal that...

In Memoriam: Remembering the Bassists We Lost in 2013
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Remembering the Bassists We Lost in 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect on the notable bassists that left us this year. Their grooves helped to create the soundtrack of life for people all over the world. Rick Huxley (February 11, 2013) Bassist for The Dave Clark Five. As part of the Dave Clark Five, Huxley was a part of the...

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Lowdown with Dr. D Columns
Best of 2013

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Lowdown with Dr. D Columns

Since September, 2009, Dr. Donovan Stokes has shared his expert advice through his “Lowdown with Dr. D” column here on No Treble. While all of his columns are worth a read, these ten were his most popular in 2013, based on readership. 1. Improving your Technique: Habits and Awareness for Bass Players Most bassists are looking to improve some aspect...