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Thursday February 16, 2017. 09:30 PM
Warwick expanded their Rockbass Corvette series with an eight-string version of the Corvette Basic. The eight strings are set in four courses tuned E-A-D-G against a wenge fretted fingerboard. Its built with an alder body and three-piece maple neck with ekanga veneer...
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Antonin Rubatat shared the latest (and last) video of his “Hungry Beats” project series with us. The duo of Antonin and drummer Romain Chenard wrote this tune in a short period of time, which is mostly improvised. We’ve really enjoyed the series by these guys. Hope to see...
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More tough news for the bass community today: Doug Lunn has passed away after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. Lunn was a fretless aficionado, having ordered his first fretless Precision from Fender in 1974. He studied music in college and became a hired gun in the ’80s,...
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ESP Guitars added the AP-4 and AP-5 basses to their LTD Series at this year’s Winter NAMM Show. The four and five-string models are traditionally-based designs with ESP’s own twist. Both models are built with an alder body, bolt-on maple neck, and an ebony fretboard. They...
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Wednesday February 15, 2017. 09:30 PM
Q: When I learn a song by ear, I can generally memorize it really well, probably because of all the work that’s gone into learning it. My ear is not great and concentrating on actually listening is harder to do than it sounds! I sometimes miss little bits here and there....
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Monster bassist Linus Klausenitzer is back with another insane playthrough from Obscura’s recent album,. This time he tackles “Ten Sepiroth” which balances between finger-busting riffs and awesome fretless fills. Luckily, the video focuses on his hands a lot to show his...
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Gerald Veasley’s Bass Boot Camp is returning for 2017, and it’s promising to be another great event. The three-day camp will take place March 17th through the 19th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a great lineup of instructors. This year participants will learn from...
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Meet Dmitry Budko, a bassist and techie from Belarus who is dedicated to his music, and pushing the envelope on his sound. Dmitry is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I was born in Minsk in 1987. This is the capital of a country called...
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Tuesday February 14, 2017. 09:30 PM
Ashdown Engineering has teamed up with bassist Stuart Zender to introduce the SZ Funk Face Twin Dynamic Filter Pedal. The pedal is designed for simplicity in getting a funky sound that Zender, who was the original bassist for Jamiroquai, is known for. Its filter section has...
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Drummer Harvey Mason took his band Chameleon to the 2015 Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival. Here’s a clip of them performing Herbie Hancock’s “Actual Proof” The band features Fred Washington Jr. on bass, Kamasi Washington on sax, John Beasley on keyboards, and of...
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Trish Doan, who was a longtime bass player for the metal band Kittie, has passed away of undisclosed causes. She was 31 years old. Kittie announced the news on their Facebook page. “It is with immeasurable sadness that we share news of the passing of our sister and best...
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This week we’re checking out a cool double bass made by Italian luthier Roberto Franceschini. The instrument features a slimmed down body that makes it more portable while retaining the acoustic sound of a double bass. “Various luthiers around the world have been trying for y...
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Monday February 13, 2017. 09:30 PM
Installment three in my series on my favorite practice “hacks” may almost seem too good to be true. However, this has nothing to do with wishful thinking, the law of attraction (I am more of a “law-of-action” kinda gal), or superstition. It has everything to do with...
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The world lost another music icon this weekend with the passing of jazz vocalist Al Jarreau. His distinct voice and style were adored by many, and his dedication to his art inspired, even more, musicians. Bass legend Marcus Miller shared this video of Jarreau’s 1994...
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Nordstrand Pickups has introduced the 2b+, a 2-band boost only preamp they say offers flexibility and simplicity with lots of tone-shaping potential. “Offering more boost than our standard 2-band preamp the 2B+ can really beef up your lows and polish your highs,” Nordstrand w...
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This week, we remembered two bass legends, following the passing of Steve Lang and Elliott Rubinson. We also covered more bass gear news from last month’s NAMM show, offered up a couple of great columns by Damian Erskine and Donovan stokes, and more. Here are the top 10 most...
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Sunday February 12, 2017. 09:30 PM
Kiesel Guitars teamed up with TesseracT bassist Amos Williams to create the Vader AW5 Signature headless bass. The new model is based on the Vader bass with several differences including a 34-inch scale 23-fret fingerboard, and a single high output HB series humbucker. As...
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We love getting videos from our readers. Here’s one Atticus Lazenby just sent us, featuring his group performing live at Esquina Chicago. “This is a live recording of my band, the Atticus Lazenby Group, performing one of my compositions called ‘Orange’,” the bassist...
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Legendary bassist George Porter, Jr. has played with a who’s who of the music industry, but that list has just gotten a little bigger. Porter, who championed the groove with The Meters, revealed that he’s been recording with rap icon Snoop Dogg. He shared the news on...
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Saturday February 11, 2017. 09:30 PM
Tech 21 unveiled the Q/Strip as part of their display at the 2017 NAMM Show. Developed in a DI format, the device acts as a preamp and direct box with the features of a recording console strip from the ’60s and ’70s. The Q/Strip features all-analog MOSFET circuitry,...
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