12 strings

12 strings

Postby Terryfied » Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:40 pm

The band I play in does an occasional Cheap Trick tribute. I've noticed Tom Peterson plays a 12 string. I heard that he has multiple outputs from his bass. One for the low pitch strings running to a conventional bass amp and the other two running to guitar amps. He does indeed get a distinctive sound that almost replicates a rythm guitar along with his bass. After playing a 12 string through a single amp (man, what a handfull) he must be doing something to that effect because my sound wasn't even close. Does anybody know or use this setup and is it as I described? Where do you find these guitars? Is it feasable and/or affordable? Thanks!

Postby ReneGiust » Thu Feb 16, 2006 5:08 pm

Hey Terry. Guitar World's Bass Guitar magazine's latest issue...the one with Mike Dirnt on the cover has a review of the Waterstone Tom Petersson 12 String Bass. It's supposed to be "well built, afordably priced and a joy to play" according to the article. I can email you a copy if you like.
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Postby ReneGiust » Thu Feb 16, 2006 5:13 pm

Ooo...and Bass NW has one in stock in sparkle silver! Right in town too...not far from me...hint, hint. :)
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Postby Trane Francks » Thu Feb 16, 2006 5:14 pm

Doesn't Amy from Clatter have a Waterstone?
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Postby Terryfied » Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:51 am

ReneGiust wrote:Ooo...and Bass NW has one in stock in sparkle silver! Right in town too...not far from me...hint, hint. :)

Yikes, you're making this too easy. Very tempting. Might have to smuggle some $ out of the house. Thanks Rene

Postby Basshappi » Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:11 pm

Go to 12stringbass.net all your answers are there.

Postby DKWilkins » Thu Aug 03, 2006 10:47 am

Yep, Tom Petersson plays a 12 string.... he invented the 12 string! LOL!

I had a Waterstone Tom Petersson signature 12 (TP2 I believe) and it was a great bass. Well made, affordable, HUGE sound. REALLY huge sound. Traded it for a Lakland Skyline that I had to have. If I get another 12 it will probably be a Waterstone. The July '06 issue of Bass Player mag has Tom on the cover and an in depth look at why he invented the 12 and how he plays it.
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Postby GonzoBass » Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:20 pm

Yeah, Tom is on the cover of the July 2006 Bass Player magazine.
Inside he goes into details regarding his multi-amp rig.
(Page 43 if you just want to browse it at Borders...)


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Postby AtomicPunk » Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:44 am

Hi...new to the forum, nice to see 12's here... :)
I've been playing a B12L for over 6 years now, love it!
Tom is one of my favorites and I have seen him live....well....over 50 times :)
He is also responsible for some of the hearing loss in my ears...

Re: 12 strings

Postby TERRIFICUS » Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:55 pm

Hello all! First post here...

In response to Terryfied's original post, I use a Hamer B12S with a single output that is fed into a morley A/BY signal splitter/ switcher. The "A" output is ran into my SWR 350 (using a Tech 21 RBI on the front end) for my lows and clean highs. The "B" output goes to a Carvin X100b all tube guitar amp for mids and overdrive (crunch when nessa). With this setup I can get a very reasonably close sound to Mr. Peterssons.

If I'm not mistaken, I don't think he uses stereo outputs on his basses anymore, rather, opting for signal splitting as I described above. Except with a buttload more amps!

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Postby Gil Escalera » Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:31 pm

Trane Francks wrote:Doesn't Amy from Clatter have a Waterstone?

Why "yes" Trane-san, she does. [smilie=icon_wink.gif]


Check out this cool interview with Amy by Mark Rowe at 12STRINGBASS.NET - http://12stringbass.net/AmyHumphrey.htm [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]
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Postby GLJeff » Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:38 pm

Multiple outputs is nothing new, Stanley Clarke and Billy Sheehan have done it for years.

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Postby TERRIFICUS » Sat Jul 21, 2007 7:37 am

G&L_Jeff wrote:Multiple outputs is nothing new, Stanley Clarke and Billy Sheehan have done it for years.

...and Chris Squire even before those guys!
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Postby Golem » Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:00 pm

Trane Francks wrote:Doesn't Amy from Clatter have a Waterstone?

And here's a used one up for sale at Elderly .......


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