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Tuesday January 31, 2017. 04:30 PM
Sad news to report today: prog rock legend John Wetton has died after a battle with colon cancer. He was 67 years old. Wetton was born in Willington, Derbyshire but grew up in Bournemouth, where he started his career on bass and vocals with bands like the Palmer-James Group, ...
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Radiohead has announced an extensive tour of the U.S. and Europe for 2017. Kicking off in Miami, Florida on March 30th, the trek will take them through the South and over to the West Coast to wrap up at Coachella. After a month off, the band will hit Europe for June and...
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This week we’re checking out a bass that went viral on Facebook. If you didn’t see this video of the Lawalin Chamele yet, watch it, and you’ll understand why it was so popular: Besides the incredible light show, the Chamele is not your typical bass. It features a hollow...
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Monday January 30, 2017. 09:30 PM
Welcome to installment two in my series on my favorite and most efficient practice “hacks.” You have probably heard of this one – taking breaks. Here are some tips on making the best of these breaks! After about 20 to 25 minutes of focused, distraction-free practice (one...
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Over the years, we’ve shared videos by Jonathan Scales Fourchestra featuring some stellar bassists. Here’s another to add to the list. MonoNeon joined the band for their performance in Asheville, NC on October 20th, 2016. Thanks to videographer Barry2theB, we have some of...
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Sadowsky Guitars has released a compact version of their preamp pedal called the SBP-2. The new outboard preamp has the same circuitry that the company fits into their basses but in a slimmed down design. “[The SBP-2 is] perfect for crammed pedalboards as well as vintage...
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The No Treble team is back at our HQ after another NAMM show. Our feet are still recovering, our jet lag is just about over, and the news we compiled is still coming. NAMM news is the theme of the week, but we also shared some great new how-to’s, some videos and more. Check...
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Sunday January 29, 2017. 09:30 PM
J Ferro Basses was showing their full lineup at the NAMM Show this year including the brand new Kilian Duarte KD-5ES bass. Based on their Escalon model, it features a mahogany body with a solid flame maple top, a five-piece maple and mahogany neck, and a maple fingerboard...
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We’re big fans of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. We’d love them even more if they had one with a solo bassist. Aaron Gibson just created his video entry for submission to NPR with his tune, “Hand in Hand.” “I just realized this was happening, so I grabbed my camera, plopped it on...
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Bass monster Thundercat has announced his third studio album, entitled Drunk, will be released on February 24th. The release will have a host of guest artists including Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, and Kendrick Lamar as well as Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. The latter two...
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Saturday January 28, 2017. 09:30 PM
Schecter announced the CV Series of basses at the Winter NAMM Show this year. Available in four and five-string versions, the model centers around its electronics with a new set of the company’s Diamond J-Bucker pickups. The pickups, which visually resemble guitar...
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Bokanté is a new band and experiment by Snarky Puppy founder and GroundUP Music creator Michael League. For the most part, League plays baritone guitar in this group, but he also doubles on bass. “The word bokanté means “exchange” in Creole, the language of vocalist...
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Miles Mosley’s long awaited album, Uprising, is now available. The monster double bassist created the album with his band the West Coast Get Down during the intense month-long recording session that also yielded The Epic for saxophonist Kamasi Washington. Mosley utilizes...
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Friday January 27, 2017. 09:30 PM
Taylor expanded their GS Mini series with a new compact bass model called the GS Mini-e Bass. The instrument has a small 23.5-inch scale, which the company explains is about 10 inches shorter than a standard bass guitar. Even with the reduced scale, the bass’s setup creates...
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Dmitry Lisenko shared his latest video with us, which is a sneak preview of his upcoming solo album. “Illusion Of Change” once again showcases his interesting percussive fingerstyle bass technique. We can’t wait for the album to drop.
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Dot Hacker has released their third album, aptly entitled N°3. The L.A.-based experimental rock group is fronted by Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and anchored by bassist Jonathan Hischke, who provides thoughtful bass lines to accompany the band’s airy...
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Trace Elliot is back in a big way in a tiny package. The ELF bass amplifier weighs in at just 1.6 pounds and produces 200 continuous watts RMS at 4 ohms. Its input section has three regions of operation: uncompressed, variable multiband compression, and overdrive. The...
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Thursday January 26, 2017. 09:30 PM
After introducing the American Professional line in December, Fender has unveiled the Limited Edition Exotic Collection. The series includes the 2017 Limited Edition American Professional Jazz Bass FMT, which combines the features of the Professional model with a figured...
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Simone Masina sent us Peekaboom’s latest video, with some exciting news. The duo of Simone and vocalist Angelica Lubian were joined by Valerio Fuiano, who added some extra sounds using GeoShred on an iPad on their cover of Muse’s “Hysteria.” It turns out this video caught...
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The Grateful Dead celebrated the 50th anniversary of their band back in July 2015, and now they’re celebrating 50 years since their debut album with a special re-release. The Grateful Dead: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition contains a remastered version of the original album...
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