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Monday April 3, 2017. 05:00 PM
Robin Zielhorst has recorded a special four-piece suite for solo bass. Although the bassist has played with heavy bands like Cynic, Exivious, Textures, Our Oceans, and OneGodLess, he took a more hauntingly beautiful and ambient approach for the music. Check out the sweeping...
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Sunday April 2, 2017. 08:30 PM
Reverend Guitars is celebrating 20 years in the business with a special 20th Anniversary Mercalli Bass. Available in four and five-string versions, the bass carries many of the same features as the standard Mercalli with several special features. Most notable is the...
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Miët is a one-woman group that utilizes a bass, an amp, and a pedalboard. When you listen, it sounds like a lot more than that. French bassist Suzy LeVoid melds pop melodies with rock noise that her label describes as “offering an electric and introspective set.” Buckle up:
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Bassists have been looking for that special piece of gear to help their playing ever since the bass guitar was invented. After a decade of R&D, Jayme Lewis has finally created the solution. Check out this awesome demo of the Bassist Powerglove:
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Saturday April 1, 2017. 06:30 PM
We’ve unearthed a very rare performance of one of Metallica’s most popular tunes. Robert Trujillo and the gang really change it up on this one.
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Time to celebrate some new and popular gear. Here are the top 10 reader favorite gear stories for the month of March, 2017. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. 1. Ashdown Engineering B-Social Lite Desktop Bass Amp One of the biggest hits of NAMM 2015 was Ashdown...
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Friday March 31, 2017. 09:30 PM
TWA has introduced the DM-02 Dynamorph, an envelope-controlled harmonic generator. The versatile pedal gives distortion, fuzz, filter, and synth effects in one unique unit. “Featuring a distortion circuit where the amount and type of saturation is intricately linked to the in...
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Donny McCaslin’s latest release,, recruited his dream team with Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner and Tim Lefebvre. The group has just put out a new video for the track “Faceplant”, and it’s epic. Lefebvre lays down a ferocious line while the rest of the band gets wild.
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Thursday March 30, 2017. 11:00 PM
Italy’s Mastro Valvola has unveiled the Millibar mk2, a studio-grade optical compressor designed for both bass and guitar. The new version takes their retro-styled pedal and adds a new feature. “Inspired by the performance of the Universal Audio 1176 and Teletronix LA2A, we...
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This column finds us looking not at bass line creation, but some solid foundation ideas that help to increase knowledge of the fingerboard. We are going to start with some easy stuff and ramp up over the next few installments! The concepts in the video are a good place to...
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Dominic “Forest” Lapointe is one of my favorite metal bassists. His unique bass lines bring out his voice in the music and his killer chops make it impressive to watch. Here’s a great clip of Lapointe tearing through “Leader” by B.A.R.F. Although he typically plays fretless,...
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Wednesday March 29, 2017. 11:00 PM
Earthquaker Devices has launched the Space Spiral Modulated Delay, which they describe as an analog-voiced digital delay. The stompbox offers 30ms to 600ms of delay time with a variable waveshape LFO that affects the repeated signal. “[The Space Spiral] is a dark and dreamy...
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Q: Do you ever re-evaluate your technique (posture, strap height, string height) or do you feel it’s just set? A: At this point, I feel like I am pretty well set-up and understand my physical relationship with my instrument. This, however, is because I spent much of my...
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One thing that never ceases to amaze me is Pino Palladino’s insane versatility. He’s played with The Who, John Mayer, D’Angelo, Paul Simon, Oleta Adams and more. Here’s a great clip of the bassist bringing his slick fretless chops to Nine Inch Nails on the song...
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Meet Carlos Holguin, a bassist from Las Vegas who got his start in middle school, thinking it would be a temporary situation. But he ended up loving the bass, and the rest is history. Carlos is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I have...
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Tuesday March 28, 2017. 09:00 PM
Lamb of God bassist John Campbell has a new signature bass from ESP called the LTD JC-4FM. Based on the company’s Stream model, the bass is customized to Campbell’s liking, including a flamed maple top with a smooth satin black finish on its swamp ash body’s back and sides....
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Vulfpeck has released another video from their most recent album, The Beautiful Game. The track is “Animal Spirits,” with Theo Katzman “singing in a high voice,” and Joe Dart laying down the funky low end.
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Last year we featured a gorgeous singlecut bass from AJR Guitarmods that wowed readers. Now, builder Andy Rogers has finished a new instrument in a different direction: a semi-hollow piccolo bass. The elegant model was built for his band’s bassist, Pete. “Pete wanted a bass...
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Monday March 27, 2017. 09:30 PM
More memory tools for bass players! This is part two in my mini series on Bass Mnemonics. Mnemonic – hard to say the word – but endlessly useful! You can take a look at part 1. Here is more… and a time-limited bonus for you at the end! Eartraining: Song beginnings are a...
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Bassists Darryl Williams and Alex Al got funky at Spaghetinni during NAMM week. Dig it.
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