12 Stringer

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rhythmrod, Nov 20, 2001.

  1. rhythmrod


    Oct 27, 2001
    Austin, Texas
    Has anyone ever heard of Galveston? No, not Texas. I saw a 12 string bass on E-bay that was a Galveston. I have searched the net but could find no info on this company or any info on their basses.

  2. Wow someone else has heard of this brand? My p-bass clone is a galvestone, but its only a 4 string. I got it off e-bay, and I haven't found anything else about it either. But it is a pretty nice bass for a beginner's.

    Bangin' on
    -The dancin', bongo playin', G. Dubuya B.
  3. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Speak of the devil, I have one. I couldn't resist a 12ver for <$500. It's not quite worth it.

    - horrible balance -- the neck dive is insane, it makes it almost unplayable. This is with a strap. THe funny lower horn means playing sitting down sans strap *is* impossible.

    - the edge of the fretboard is sharp! combined with the above -> ouch

    - passive mode sounds OK. Active mode is so hot that I have to crank the gain way down on the mixer (it overloads normal inputs), and is overloaded to begin with. THis isn't necessarily bad, just a little weird.

    I haven't tried one of the Dean or Musicvox 12s, but I'd try there first. The Galveston is NOT recommended.

    P.S. anyone want a 12-string bass, cheap? :D
  4. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    ill take a 12er:D

  5. Andy Webb

    Andy Webb

    Nov 16, 2001
    Rhode Island
    I remember the bassist in Cheap Trick had a 12-string, that I think was 4 courses of strings in unison, thus

    The idea of this sounded a bit silly to me, if that tuning was actually the case.

    Those who have been experienced -- what is the tuning?
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Andy, it is the same as you heard, except that one of each triad of strings is tuned to the fundamental, and the other 2 are tuned an octave up, kind of like a 12 string guitar.

    Sounds awesome! Check out old King's X, Cheap Trick and Galactic Cowboys first release to hear some examples.
  7. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Yes, that would be silly. :p

    The tuning of most (Galveston, Hamer, Dean, Musicvox) 12ers out there is Eee Aaa Ddd Ggg. Or, more common actually, eeE aaA ddD ggG. The former is more for playing with fingers, the latter for with a pick (so that the higher strings are the first ones played). My Galveston uses the latter.

    12s like this are used by Tom Petersson, Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam), Doug Pinnick (King's X), they guy from Galactic Cowboys?

    John Paul Jones has a 12 that is BbEeAaDdGgCc, and also some 10s like that (no Cc). They sound great. I'm actually thinking that I'd rather have an 8 or 10 than this 12. The 12 has such a distinctive shimmery sound, which is cool. But JPJ uses it a little more subtley - it just adds a nice grind to the sound.

    (edit) Hah! Embellisher beat me to the punch! :D
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    That would be Monty Colvin.