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MTD Releases Norm Stockton Artist Edition Bass
Basses

MTD Releases Norm Stockton Artist Edition Bass

After two years of tweaking, MTD has released the Norm Stockton Artist Edition Bass. The bass is based on the company’s Saratoga model while combining features of Stockton’s previous MTD basses, including a more rounded arm contour and a strap button position that’s moved up like a 535. Key to the instrument’s design is its electronics, which are set up...

(718): El Sombrero, Live at Blue Note
Bass Videos

(718): El Sombrero, Live at Blue Note

Many bassists will know Phil Palombi as a jazz bass guru and Scott Lafaro aficionado, but he’s got a funky electric side too. Here’s a video of his spacey jam trio (718) performing “El Sombrero” during their CD release party at the Blue Note in New York City. The group also includes keyboardist Matthew Fries and drummer Eric Halvorson. Their...

Weekly Top 10: The Best in Bass for the Week of March 23rd
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top 10: The Best in Bass for the Week of March 23rd

Every week in bass land is great, but this week was exceptionally great. Lessons, videos, bass players and gear. What more could you ask for? Here are the top 10 most read stories and most watched videos on No Treble for the week of March 23-29, 2014. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Edmond Gilmore: “Double Presto” from...

Höfner Renames “Beatle Bass” Reissue Line of Basses
Basses

Höfner Renames “Beatle Bass” Reissue Line of Basses

Höfner has announced that their line of 500/1 Violin “Beatle Basses” are getting new names to more accurately represent their time. The construction and fittings will remain unchanged. “Due to the sequence that re-issue models were released in, more than 10 years ago, the [Paul] McCartney spec bass became the Vintage ’62 Re-issue despite the fact that his bass was...

Deep Purple: Pictures of Home, Live at Montreux
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Deep Purple: Pictures of Home, Live at Montreux

Our Facebook friend Keith Devereux wrote to us saying, “How about some videos of Roger Glover? A very much overlooked but very talented Bass player.” It reminded me of one of my favorite Deep Purple tunes, “Pictures of Home,” which first appeared on their iconic Machine Head album. Here’s Glover with Deep Purple performing the song at in Montreux in...

Barefaced Bass Cabinets Unleashes Generation 3 Cabinets
Amps

Barefaced Bass Cabinets Unleashes Generation 3 Cabinets

English bass amplification company Barefaced Audio has announced their new Generation 3 series of cabinets including revamps of their flagship Big Baby II and Big Twin II cabinets. Both models have been updated with new drivers, hardware and construction. “The key is our new custom 12XN550 speaker driver, which has taken over two years to develop,” says designer Alex Claber....

Daniel Toledo: Mikkakan
Bass Videos

Daniel Toledo: Mikkakan

No Treble reader Daniel Toledo shared this video with us, of a great tune he wrote and recorded earlier this month. The tune “Mikkakan” was recorded at the studios at Berklee in Valencia, Spain. So perfect for a Saturday afternoon.

The Great Bass Picksperiment
I Wish I Knew That

The Great Bass Picksperiment

I was a pretty picky eater when I was a kid. Okay, a very picky eater. Oh yeah, and I still am. Wednesday nights typically revolved around my father making pasta and having to put up with my self-imposed dietary restrictions: I was an anti-tomatite. Dad tried as hard as possible, time and time again, to convince me that not...

Snarky Puppy Featuring Shayna Steele: Gone Under
Bass Videos

Snarky Puppy Featuring Shayna Steele: Gone Under

Snarky Puppy’s live DVD/CD offers a musical diversity like no other. Here’s the band performing “Gone Under” with Shayna Steele. Steele wrote the tune and Snarky Puppy bandleader and bassist Michael League produced and arranged it.

Asia Releases “Gravitas”
New Albums

Asia Releases “Gravitas”

Asia’s 14th studio album, , is a pure expression of the progressive rock band, according to lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton (formerly of King Crimson). “It conveys the spectrum of emotion and color from real life agonies to ecstatic fantasy of escapism. Great songs, fabulous performance. Gravitas is ASIA by ASIA. At last.” Asia is best known for its...