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Bass of the Week: Conklin Guitars OM

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:10pm

Conklin Guitars Jason Everett Signature OM Bass Body

This week we’re checking out a collaboration between Conklin Guitars and Jason Everett called the OM Bass. The bass is a seven-string fretless that is fitted with several interesting features to suit the bassist’s world music style. Its pickups are a pair of custom Bartolinis along with a set of GraphTECH Ghost piezos in individual...

Zander Zon & KJC: Coldplay’s “Hymn for the Weekend”

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:17pm


This may be Zander Zon’s most ambitious effort to date. Zander plays three basses in this latest video, where he is once again joined by vocalists KJC, who also provide piano and violin on the track. Here’s their take on Coldplay’s “Hymn for the Weekend”.

Creative Bass Lines: Melodic and Rhythmic Lines

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:26am

 Melodic and Rhythmic Lines

For my first column here at No Treble, I thought it might be fun to demonstrate a few actual bass parts I have come up with for projects I have recorded. One of the things I enjoy in the playing of the bassists that have influenced me is the use of interesting melodic and rhythmic...

Of Montreal Releases “Innocence Reaches”

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:05am

 Innocence Reaches (featured image)

The Kevin Barnes-fronted rock band Of Montreal has released its 14th studio album, Innocence Reaches. Davey Pierce (Yip Deceiver) handles bass, as he has for most of the past nine years (he didn’t play with the band in 2014). Long influenced by legendary rock bands like The Beatles and The Beach Boys, Of Montreal decided...

Arranging for a Band

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 6:06pm

Headphones & sheet music

Q: Admittedly, this is not a bass specific question, but I am curious to know your thoughts on arranging standards and original tunes for a jazz quintet consisting of trombone, alto sax, drums, guitar, and upright/electric bass. I’ve written 15 or so tunes for the band, and we play some standards (“Satin Doll”, “Ornithology”, “A...

Talking Technique: Talking Double Stops

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:05am

 Talking Double Stops

Looking for ways to spice up your grooves? Double stops are a great option. In their most basic form, double stops are when we play two notes together at the same time. They can sound muddy in some registers of the bass, but we’ll go over some tricks to make them sound like gold. This...

Tech 21 Unveils SansAmp Bass Driver DI Version 2

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 2:55am

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI Version 2 (featured photo)

Tech 21 has announced a new version of their flagship SansAmp Bass Driver DI. The Version 2 model retains all of the functionality of the original while adding features to better suit modern players. The all-analog pedal now has a switch for the bass frequency to select between 80Hz and 40Hz, which the company says...

Fender Introduces Mobile Tuning App

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 2:49am

Fender Tuner app screen

Fender has gotten into the mobile tuner game with Fender Tune, a free iOS guitar and bass tuner app. The app has auto tune and manual tune features as well as a chromatic mode for tuning flexibility. It has 20 pre-set tuning options plus the ability to dial in and save custom tunings. Besides being...

Adam “Nolly” Getgood: “Prayer Position” Bass Playthrough

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 2:38am


We first featured Periphery’s Adam “Nolly” Getgood with an epic bass cam video for their song “Make Total Destroy“. Now Nolly is back with another face-melting run-through with the song “Prayer Position” from the band’s latest album, Periphery III: Select Difficulty. The bassist rips it up with an absolutely crushing tone that cuts perfectly on...

Sunny Day Real Estate Album Reissued on Vinyl

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 6:37pm

 How It Feels to Be Something On (Reissue) (featured image)

Sub Pop has released a vinyl reissue of Sunny Day Real Estate’s 1998 reunion album, How It Feels to Be Something On. Original bassist Nate Mendel did not rejoin the band for the record, opting to stay with the Foo Fighters. However, since that time, he has played on an album with some of his...

Reader Spotlight: Marcin Sypniewski

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 6:26pm

Marcin Sypniewski (featured photo)

Meet Marcin Sypniewski, a high school student in Poland who stays busy with school and fills every extra minute with his musical pursuit. Marcin got his start like many bassists – no one was playing the bass when he formed a band with friends – but he’s extremely happy with how that turned out. Marcin...

Spare Parts: Four Sticks (Led Zeppelin Cover)

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:37pm


Spare Parts sent us their latest, and this time is a little different than we’ve seen from them previously. Filmed by Jody Michael Miller, here’s the trio anchored by Colin Scott performing their cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Four Sticks”.

Kala Revamps California Series U-Basses for 2016

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:11am

Kala California Series U-Bass Natural Fretted Bass Body

Kala has revamped their California U-Bass series for 2016. The mini-scale, solid-body instruments will have reshaped necks and bodies, plus new placement for the fret markers on the fingerboard. “The California body and neck have been cut and sanded to smoother, more rounded edges so they provide more comfort for the player,” The company writes....

Fred Hersch Trio Offers Up Live Recording

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 10:04pm

 Sunday Night at the Vanguard (featured photo)

The Fred Hersch Trio, featuring John Hébert on bass, has released the live album, Sunday Night at the Vanguard, which All About Jazz says may be the trio’s best recording yet. The Vanguard refers to the Village Vanguard, a legendary New York City jazz club that has become a second home for the trio. Sunday...

Liben Tom & Jason Kishander: iPhone, Bass & Drums Jam

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 12:13pm


Bassist Jason Kishander sent me this video, and it is quite clever. They took one of the most recognizable ring tones (“Opening” on iPhone), and turned it into this bass and drums jam. It took me a minute to focus on the video and not pick up my phone. Then things got really interesting.

Thee Oh Sees Release “A Weird Exits”

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 7:08pm

 A Weird Exits (featured image)

San Fransisco garage rockers Thee Oh Sees have released A Weird Exits, their followup to 2015’s Mutilator Defeated at Last. The band, led by John Dwyer, not only features two drummers, but also bassist Tim Hellman (Sic Alps). It’s the group’s first full-length album to feature the double-drummer lineup. Check out the album’s “Plastic Plant”:...

Weekly Top 10: Kenny Rogers on Bass, Fender’s New Deluxe Series, How to Transition to the Pro Level, Ibanez Basses Reviewed, Top Bass Videos and More

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 2:23pm

 August 6-12, 2016

Time to celebrate the most popular stories, features, videos and more from No Treble for the week. Thanks as always for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Dudley Moore & Kenny Rogers: Satin Doll A video has been making the rounds on Facebook, thanks to Freemont’s Office – and it was quite unexpected. Dudley Moore...

Adam Ben Ezra Trio: India Time

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 1:07pm


Adam Ben Ezra is back with a new live – and quite epic – video with his trio. “I first wrote ‘India Time’ after my return from an inspired journey of new and real sounds from beautiful India,” he shares. “Here I am with my Trio recording live my Indian experience.”

Crazy Tube Circuits Unveils the Golden Ratio Phi Compressor

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 12:49pm

Crazy Tube Circuits Golden Ratio Phi Compressor Pedal (featured photo)

Crazy Tube Circuits has unleashed the Golden Ratio Phi, a stompbox that features two compressors in one. The pedal can switch between an optical compressor and a FET compressor, each of which have their own distinct style. Crazy Tube says the optical compressor is a “hand selected photocell [that] offers distinctive attack and release characteristics...

The Get Right Band Releases New Album

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 12:41pm

 Who’s In Charge? (featured image)

Asheville, North Carolina, group The Get Right Band has released the album, Who’s In Charge? The band, featuring founding member Jesse Gentry on bass, recorded the album at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, with their frontman, Silas Durocher and Julian Dreyer (who worked in various capacities with The Avett Brothers, Zac Brown Band, Dawes, and...