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Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in June 2014
Gear Roundup

Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in June 2014

If you don’t like how fast the 2014 calendar is flying by, maybe this will help: the top 10 most popular bass gear stories on No Treble for the month of June. As always, it comes with a warning: may cause G.A.S. Your mileage may vary. Use only as directed. 1. Fender American Standard Jaguar Bass Fender is adding a...

Things to Know About the Bridge on Your Upright Bass
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Things to Know About the Bridge on Your Upright Bass

Having a properly set up bridge on your upright is an important factor in the playability, sound and the long-term health of your instrument. Here are some things every upright player should know: The internal, not external, notches you see on the F-holes determine the proper distance of the bridge from the fingerboard. They should correspond, more or less, to...

Stanley Clarke: “Lopsy Lu” (1976 Downbeat Awards Performance)
Bass Videos

Stanley Clarke: “Lopsy Lu” (1976 Downbeat Awards Performance)

We’re celebrating the birthday of one of the long-time greats in music and bass history, the one and only Stanley Clarke. Here he is performing “Lopsy Lu” at the 1976 Downbeat Poll Winner Awards show, along with Jean-Luc Ponty on violin, Chick Corea on piano and Billy Cobham on drums. Wow. Just wow.

Peter Gabriel Releases “Back to Front” Concert DVD
New Albums

Peter Gabriel Releases “Back to Front” Concert DVD

Peter Gabriel’s “Back to Front” tour performance in October 2013 at London’s O2 Arena has been captured as an ultra-high-definition film, which was not only released in theaters, but is now available on DVD. The tour celebrated the 25th anniversary of Gabriel’s classic So album and featured him playing the entire album and more with his touring band from that...

Weekly Top 10: TSA vs. Bassists, Aston Barrett, James Jamerson and More of the Best in Bass
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top 10: TSA vs. Bassists, Aston Barrett, James Jamerson and More of the Best in Bass

For this week’s top 10 list, 90% of it is the sort of terrific stuff we love covering in the world of bass. Unforunately, we have to start things off with the most read and most shared story of the week: the TSA not being so nice to some notable bassists. Things get better from there… we promise (need proof?...

PRS Announces SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel Basses
Basses

PRS Announces SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel Basses

PRS Guitars has introduced the first bass models of their SE line: the SE Kingfisher and the SE Kestrel. The basses, which are designed in Maryland and built overseas, are both described as traditional character with modern upgrades. SE Kingfisher Bass The SE Kingfisher is a neck-thru design built with a swamp ash body, a 24-fret maple/walnut neck, and a...

Joni Mitchell & Jaco Pastorius: “Shadows & Light” Rare Live Recording
Bass Videos

Joni Mitchell & Jaco Pastorius: “Shadows & Light” Rare Live Recording

On November 20, 1976, Joni Mitchell performed a benefit concert with Jaco Pastorius and conga player Bobbye Hall for a “Save the Whales” organization in Sacramento, CA. Here’s the trio’s performance of “Shadows & Light” from that show. This version takes on a very different vibe than other more well-known recordings of the tune. And it is so so good.

Phish Releases “Fuego”
New Albums

Phish Releases “Fuego”

Phish is back with its first album in five years, . The record, which is the band’s 12th studio release, was recorded in Nashville late last year with producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel). Material for the record was written by all band members, including bassist Mike Gordon, at “The Barn”, the band’s Vermont rehearsal space. One of the...

Dwarfcraft Unveils Memento Kill Switch Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Dwarfcraft Unveils Memento Kill Switch Pedal

If you’re looking for a creative solution to having a kill switch, Dwarfcraft has got you covered with the Memento. The compact stompbox takes the concept of a kill switch and expands on it with a “re-kill” switch that can remember your kill pattern and repeat it back in a loop. Or in Dwarfcraft’s words, “give [the kill switch] a...

Diazpora, Featuring Miu: Risin’ High
Bass Videos

Diazpora, Featuring Miu: Risin’ High

Here at No Treble HQ, we have a special place in our hearts for tight bass grooves in horn bands. Here’s bassist David Nesselhauf laying it down with his band Diazpora and vocalist Miu on the tune “Risin’ High.” Nesselhauf shares that the bass is a custom Hot-Wire Bass with a special finish. “They managed to get my favorite car...