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Bruno Tauzin: Palm Muted Fretless Bass Groove
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Bruno Tauzin: Palm Muted Fretless Bass Groove

Bruno Tauzin sent us this video of himself jamming out a smooth fretless bass groove on his Ibanez Gary Willis Signature bass. The laid back track has the bassist playing some soulful licks and a double-time feel to spice things up.

Vail Johnson Releases “Flow”
New Albums

Vail Johnson Releases “Flow”

Vail Johnson has released his sixth solo album, entitled . Describing the music as having a “relaxed intensity,” Johnson’s latest effort features his bass as the lead in fully fleshed out songs. Flow acts as a timestamp for his musical ideas. “This CD is all about simply playing what was in my heart and how I felt about music presently...

Gibson Announces 2014 SG Special Bass
Basses

Gibson Announces 2014 SG Special Bass

This year marks Gibson’s 120th anniversary and they’re celebrating with a plethora of new and upgraded models including the 2014 SG Special Bass. The 30-inch scale bass incorporates features from several of Gibson’s electric basses to create a unique and affordable bass. Starting with a solid mahogany body in the classic SG shape, the bass is built with a glued-in...

Steve Metcalf: Muse’s “Plug In Baby”
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Steve Metcalf: Muse’s “Plug In Baby”

We’ve said it before… Steve Metcalf just has a knack for putting together an incredible combo of arrangements, performances and videography. Here’s a recent video by Steve of him performing a cover of Muse’s “Plug In Baby”, from their album their album Origin of Symmetry. Amazing, as always.

Iconic Sound Announces “Light Lead” Optical Analog Instrument Cable
Accessories & Strings

Iconic Sound Announces “Light Lead” Optical Analog Instrument Cable

Iconic Sound has announced they will be unveiling the Light Lead, the world’s first optical analog, jack-to-jack instrument cable at NAMM this month. The new technology uses analog fiber optics which provides zero capacitance and zero loading. This in turn offers completely uncompressed and full analog signal transmission no matter the cable length. The Light Lead’s cables are high density,...

Weekly Top Ten: The Top Bass Stories, Columns and Videos for the Week of December 29th
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top Ten: The Top Bass Stories, Columns and Videos for the Week of December 29th

This week’s top 10 spans the last few days of 2013 and the first few of 2014. And so that means it also includes some of our Best Of lists… And that means there’s a lot of great bass-related stuff to read about! Here are the most popular stories, columns, videos and more on No Treble for the week of...

Fender Custom Shop Unveils 2014 Custom Collection
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Fender Custom Shop Unveils 2014 Custom Collection

Fender’s Custom Shop has unveiled the 2014 edition instruments of their annual Custom Collection. The lineup includes two basses: the 2014 Proto Precision Bass and the 1964 Heavy Relic Precision Bass. Fender Custom Shop 2014 Proto Precision Bass Formerly named the Pro Series, the Proto Series is the Fender Custom Shop’s “proving-ground” line built with distinctive features requested for master...

Bryan Ladd, Justin Stanton and Jason Patterson: Havona
Bass Videos

Bryan Ladd, Justin Stanton and Jason Patterson: Havona

Bassist Bryan Ladd sent us this terrific video, which offers up a nice arrangement of the Jaco Pastorius tune, “Havona”. Bryan is joined by Justin Stanton on the Fender Rhodes and Jason Patterson on drums. And these guys are tight! Bryan takes an incredible solo too. I’ve watched this several times already. I bet you will too.

Cavalera Conspiracy Recruits Converge Bassist Nate Newton
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Cavalera Conspiracy Recruits Converge Bassist Nate Newton

Metal legend Max Cavalera and his group Cavalera Conspiracy have named Converge’s Nate Newton as their new bassist. Newton broke the news in a statement online: “Hello friends! Just wanted to get some info to everyone since I’ve been getting so many messages…. Yes I am playing bass on the new Cavalera Conspiracy record. No…I am not going to leave...

Bass Jam Collaboration: Mercy Mercy Mercy
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Bass Jam Collaboration: Mercy Mercy Mercy

Chad Villar sent us this video of a duet he performed with Jim Joel Santos of the great Joe Zawinul tune, “Mercy Mercy Mercy”. These guys do such a terrific job, and it reminds me of another great bass duet of this tune from the archives.

John McVie Returns To the Stage
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John McVie Returns To the Stage

After being diagnosed with cancer in October, John McVie is back to performing with Fleetwood Mac. The health scare forced the band to cancel a tour of Australia and New Zealand as McVie underwent treatment. But the veteran rockers returned to the stage for a December 30th gig at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Singer Stevie Nicks spoke with ABC...

The Backline Blues: Preparing for the Mystery Rig
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The Backline Blues: Preparing for the Mystery Rig

Getting hired for a gig is great! Knowing that you’re getting paid well is awesome! And then finding out they’ve got backline? The stars have aligned. This gig just got easy. Will you have to wrestle your cabs into the car? Nope. Drag them back into the house at 2am? No way, Jose! What if it’s pouring rain and there’s...