Weekly Top 10: Esperanza Spalding (BPTK), Primus Tour Dates, New Bass Gear, Rebecca Johnson Band, and more

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1. Bass Players To Know: Esperanza Spalding

Great artists undergo evolution. They study, create, establish themselves as an artistic force, and then re-envision what their art could be. Esperanza Spalding is one of these artists.

2. Tsunami Cables Unveils V-15 Preamp

Tsunami Cables has expanded its product lineup by getting into the world of studio preamps. The V-15 is their brand new, all-tube Class A preamp. Designed by Bruce Egnater, the pre is inspired by the iconic B15 bass amp.

3. Rebecca Johnson Band: Live Compilation

Rebecca Johnson shared this video with some exciting news: “First gig of 2021 last Sunday. Fun to play live again after far too long.” Armed with her Dean Edge Select bass, she and her band lay down the funk.

4. Bass of the Week: Köllner Bass Instruments Spectra

This week we’re taking a look at the Spectra model by Köllner Bass Instruments. Handmade by luthier Stefan Köllner, this particular Spectra is crafted with a roasted alder body topped with Black Limba and a wenge fingerboard.

5. Elrick Bass Guitars Introduces Sassafras Bodies

Elrick Bass Guitars has announced that they’ve added Sassafras to their line of available body woods. They describe it as an excellent alternative to swamp ash due to its open grain, soft texture, and light brown color.

6. Primus Announces Rescheduled Rush Tribute Tour Dates

Primus has once again announced dates for their “A Tribute To Kings” tour, which will feature Les Claypool and the band performing Rush’s “A Farewell to Kings”. The trek has been rescheduled several times, but Claypool says this time looks promising.

7. Eventide Introduces the UltraTap Pedal

Eventide has unveiled the Ultratap Pedal, which marks the third model in their dot9 series. The multi-tap delay pedal offers “ rhythmic delays, glitchy reverbs, huge pad-like volume swells, and expressive modulated effects in a compact form.”

8. Dan Hawkins Publishes “Complete Fingerstyle Bass Technique”

Bassist and educator Dan Hawkins has published a new instructional book called “Complete Fingerstyle Bass Technique”. The method includes over 110 exercises from beginner to pro levels for building your chops.

9. Ashdown Introduces Virtual Cabinets with Two Notes Audio

Ashdown Engineering has partnered with Two Notes Audio Engineering to launch a new range of DynIR (Dynamic Impulse Response) virtual cabinets. It includes six of the company’s cabs.

10. Reader Spotlight: Brian Guy Kelly

Meet Brian Guy Kelly, a bassist from Aston, Pennsylvania who is on a mission to help people chill via his music. Brian is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…

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