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Kala Announces Bubinga U-Bass
Basses

Kala Announces Bubinga U-Bass

Kala is celebrating the fifth anniversary of their U-Bass introduction by expanding the range with a bubinga model. Featuring a 21-inch scale, the Bubinga U-Bass is built using the distinctive wood for its top, back and sides while being rounded out with a mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard. Other features include a rosewood bridge, exclusive Hipshot licensed black anodized tuners,...

Steve Di Giorgio: Bass Playthrough of Christos Nikolaou’s “Calling”
Bass Videos

Steve Di Giorgio: Bass Playthrough of Christos Nikolaou’s “Calling”

Steve DiGiorgio may be known for playing fretless in death metal bands, but he’s a very diverse musician. Check out this clip of the bassist tracking the song “Calling” by Mythodea in the studio. DiGiorgio lays down punchy, melodic bass lines with on a Rickenbacker to give the song some extra drive. The track is available for download from the...

Duran Duran Works with More Collaborators Than Ever on “Paper Gods”
New Albums

Duran Duran Works with More Collaborators Than Ever on “Paper Gods”

Duran Duran, famed for its 80s pop stardom, 90s resurgence, and love of art rock and Chic, has released its 14th studio album, Paper Gods. Bassist John Taylor told San Francisco’s Radio Alice that the album’s title refers to the “temporary obsessions” most people are guilty of indulging. He also said that work on the record began two years ago,...

Bass of the Week: Ray Ross Bass No. 20
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Ray Ross Bass No. 20

This week we’re featuring the work of Aaron “Ray” Ross, a Missouri-based builder who began making basses to supplement his own collection. “I make basses by hand in a VERY modest shop,” Ross explains. “This started when I wanted a fretless bass but could not afford one.” Ross builds each bass by hand with an assortment of materials. His five-string...

Preferred Scale Books for Bass Players
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Preferred Scale Books for Bass Players

Recently I’ve been getting a lot of people asking for recommendations for “good” scale books for the double bassist. This is an interesting subject, as there so many books out there! Furthermore, whether a scale book is “good” or not often depends not on their content, but rather how they are applied. This is why a good teacher and a...

Joni Mitchell with Jaco Pastorius: Free Man in Paris
Bass Videos

Joni Mitchell with Jaco Pastorius: Free Man in Paris

We’re remembering Jaco Pastorius today and listening to the wealth of great music he gave us. Among our favorites is his collaborations with Joni Mitchell. In this clip from Shadows and Light, Jaco, Michael Brecker, Don Alias, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays kick Mitchell’s “Free Man in Paris” up several notches in this 1979 performance. RIP, Jaco.

Black Sabbath Announces “The End” Farewell Tour
Concerts & Tours

Black Sabbath Announces “The End” Farewell Tour

One of the greatest metal bands of all time will finally come to an end next year. Black Sabbath have announced “The End Tour”, a worldwide farewell tour that they say will be their final performances ever. The band, which reformed with its original members in 2011, is also rumored to release their 20th and final album next year. Black...

Weekly Top 10: Sire Marcus Miller Bass Reviewed, Singing While Playing, The Top Videos, New Bass Gear and More
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top 10: Sire Marcus Miller Bass Reviewed, Singing While Playing, The Top Videos, New Bass Gear and More

You know the drill… Sunday means the end of a week, and that means it is time to celebrate the best of the best of the past seven days from the world of bass. Here is the No Treble reader favorites for the week of September 12-18, 2015. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Leo Lyons and a...

Korg Introduces Custom Shop Tuner Series
Accessories & Strings

Korg Introduces Custom Shop Tuner Series

Korg has introduced a Custom Shop series of tuners, starting with GA Custom and the Pitchblack Custom. The lineup is described as having the highest levels of technology with careful attention to appearance and feel. Common features to each model include a 3D visual meter, multiple display modes, and ±0.1 cent tuning precision. The GA Custom has 1/4-inch inputs and...

Beck, Bogert & Appice: Superstition, Live
Bass Videos

Beck, Bogert & Appice: Superstition, Live

In 1973, guitarist Jeff Beck, bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice released their studio album, Beck, Bogert & Appice. I’ve been spinning that vinyl a lot lately, which brought me to this video. In this 1973 performance, the group plays “Superstition”, with Bogert laying down some serious bass while also handling the lead vocals. Killer.