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Wednesday July 26, 2017. 12:30 AM
Meet Alex Nikolaeff, who started playing the bass because no one else in the band wanted to pick it up. He says he’ll play his trusty Fender Jazz bass for the rest of his life. Alex is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I’m a 34-year-old...
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Tuesday July 25, 2017. 09:30 PM
NS Design’s WAV series got a little bigger this year with the addition of the NS WAV Omni bass, which debuted at the 2017 Summer NAMM show. The new model brings the Omni design, which has an upright bass design with the 34-inch scale of an electric bass, to the company’s...
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Toshi Clinch sent us this terrific video (and arrangement) of his big band performing Herbie Hancock’s “Spank-A-Lee.” “The video features LA/Nashville session musician Pat Coil. On bass is Henry Beal, who is the bassist behind the House of Cards theme,” Clinch shared. Beal...
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London-based music producer Gaudi has tapped a wealth of bassists for his latest album, entitled Magnetic. Drawing inspiration from the RareNoise Records catalog, the composer blends electronica, rock, jazz, and ambient music for a tapestry of sounds. “It is not a departure...
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Monday July 24, 2017. 10:36 PM
Over the years, I’ve listened to countless people and have read article after article about good tone. I’ve joined in or lurked on message boards discussing tone and who knows or who has good tone. It’s all bullshit, and let me tell you why. First, by even saying the word...
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This week we’re checking out the Starfire II from Guild. The iconic semi-hollow bass first debuted in 1967 where it was used by artists like Jefferson Airplane’s Jack Casady and the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh. It was reintroduced in 2015 to the delight of many a bass player....
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Back in March, James Ross created this video for Jross-tv. I don’t know how I missed it, but it has been blowing up recently on Facebook. In this video, Victor Wooten demos FretTraX MIDI’s mod of one of his Fodera basses, by Lee Young. The mod was pretty extensive, as the...
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If you missed King Crimson’s mighty “double quartet formation” earlier this year, you’re in luck. The iconic prog-rock band has unveiled tour dates for the fall that will cover the East Coast and Midwest with a special Texas concert in the mix. “The new dates see the group...
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Sunday July 23, 2017. 09:30 PM
Ibanez has further expanded their BTB model range with several incarnations. This summer they expanded the BTB700 series with four and seven-string models, plus their BTB Premium line will now have options for figured maple tops. The BTB is typically a five or six-string...
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West African music has a special place in my heart, so I got excited when I saw this video of Shane Cooper performing his solo double bass song, “Bamako Love Song”. Cooper, who is based in South Africa, was inspired by the city of Bamako, which is the capital of Mali. He...
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Mr. Big is back with a new album, entitled Defying Gravity. Their ninth album features the band’s original lineup of Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan, and Pat Torpey as well as further drum work by Matt Starr. It is also the return of them working with producer Kevin ...
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Saturday July 22, 2017. 09:30 PM
Bassists looking for a super short scale bass have a new option with the Guild Jumbo Junior Bass, a four-string acoustic/electric. It has just a 23¾-inch scale. Part of Guild’s Westerly Collection, the Jumbo Junior bass is built with a solid Sitka spruce top with arched...
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Pianist Greg Goebel recently shared this tune from his upcoming album on Facebook. I noticed our very own Damian Erskine was on the track, so I watched it. I was glad I did. Damian plays some sweet lines on this one, and the whole band is stellar. The trio also includes...
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The Wood Brothers have been hard at work this summer with the Tedeschi Trucks Band for their Wheels of Soul Tour. Now the trio, anchored by bass guru Chris Wood, has announced their tour plans for the fall with dates in October and November. The trek kicks off after another...
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  In the late 80s and early 90s, preamps and power amps were where it was at. Amp heads? Pfft. Sure, you put them on top of your dummy stacks on stage, but you didn’t actually use them. In the 90s that all changed and players rediscovered the glories of stacks, half stacks...
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Friday July 21, 2017. 09:30 PM
Diving into the deep end of the LA session pool, there are plenty of bassists (in addition to those in “The Wrecking Crew”) who have achieved successful and eclectic recording careers. Without a doubt, Red Callender is one of them. With an extensive background in jazz as ...
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This performance is more than a song; it’s a journey. The Screaming Headless Torsos teamed up with Hiromi Uehara to perform their piece “Running Black Water” at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn and the result is magical. Each player brings fire to the song, which starts out with...
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Players looking for a versatile delay pedal have a new option in the Walrus Audio ARP-87. First teased at Winter NAMM this year, the pedal has been revamped for its release to include even more features. “From rhythmic chasing digital delay to long ethereal lo-fi modulated...
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Tough news to report: moe. has announced an indefinite hiatus after bassist Rob Derhak was diagnosed with cancer. The band made a statement on their Facebook page: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, moe. will be going on indefinite hiatus effective August 1st, 2017,” they...
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I’ve had a couple of custom guitars made for me. One was under my direction (Goldie, by Saint Guitars, to the left), and the other was like it was made for me, even though I didn’t specify anything in the build (“Katie May,” by Perry Riggs of Slash L Guitars). And even...
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