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Cheap Trick Bass Player: Tom Petersson

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cerrem, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. cerrem


    Apr 4, 2006
    San Diego
    I always love to listen to Cheap Trick...seen them live many years ago and remember he had a HUGE sound...
    I am just fascinated with the bass player...
    Not only is he good but he uses that bass with all those strings....
    Trying to understand what bass he uses and how all those strings....
    What is that bass ??
    Thanks in advance...
  2. 12bass


    Jan 2, 2003
    Victoria, Canada
    12-string bass... four courses, with four bass strings plus two octave strings in unison. Tom also uses a mix of amps to get clean lows and distorted mids and highs. Altogether, it produces a huge sound.
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  3. nbsipics

    nbsipics Gypsy Bass Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    Yeh, I thought about buying one of his signature 12-strings, but then I didn't end up winning the lotto...
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  4. BruceWane


    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Kinda the same concept as a 12 string guitar, where you've got root/octave pairs of strings, except with 2 octave strings per root string.

    Currently uses a Gretsch. During Cheap Trick's peak he played a couple of different Hamers, and I think he used a custom Chandler for a while, too.

    12 string bass tone is pretty huge all by itself, and as stated above he also does the multi-amp clean+distortion tone thing on top of that.
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  5. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    In the old days: Live he used a Hamer 12-String...From what I understand, in the studio he played 4-, 8-, and 12-string but mostly his Rickenbacker 4003S8 8-string was opted for most songs with the 12ver sparsely used in recordings but evident on certain tracks

    EDIT: I owned a Hamer 12-string in the 90s - loved it and want to get another....Several TB members have them...I currently have a fake "Hawer" 12-String which sucks but looks kinda cool :D

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  6. Although he's with Gretsch now, Waterstone returned this year to offer more affordable 12-String basses (4-strings, triple coursed). Watch their Reverb store.

    Waterstone Musical Instruments, LLC

    At the moment, it seems they only have the TP-8 (4-strings double-coursed), but I imagine they're awaiting the next batch of TP-12's.
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  7. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    Just to clarify, a 12 string guitar has a root octave pair for the bottom three or four strings and a unison pair for the top two or three. I think it might be 3/3.
  8. nbsipics

    nbsipics Gypsy Bass Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    No wonder I can never tune those damn things! :)
  9. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    Lots of broken strings?
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  10. briandavismurph

    briandavismurph Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2013
    This might help
    Premier guitar rig rundown
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  11. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Tom said in interviews early on there was to much bass and low end in the clubs they played. He wanted to make a big guitar sound like a baritone more like a low end guitar than a bass.
  12. mikeoso

    mikeoso Acoustic Curmudgeon

    Feb 14, 2014
    eastern Iowa
    I spend at least as much time playing 12 string guitar as I do bass. A normal 12 string set has octave pairs on the low E, A, D, and G, with unison pairs on the B and high e. Some folks like to go unison on the G as well...reduces jangle, but you usually have to go buy an extra .020 for that setup, plus opening the nut a little on the 6th string.
  13. mikeoso

    mikeoso Acoustic Curmudgeon

    Feb 14, 2014
    eastern Iowa
    Q. How long does it take to tune a 12 string?
    A. Nobody knows.
  14. 12bass


    Jan 2, 2003
    Victoria, Canada
    Meh... my Hamer Chaparral 12 stays in tune as well as my other basses.

    Changing strings, however, is an adventure....
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  16. Here are my two Waterstone TP 12 string basses: WATERSTONES1.
  17. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Nice Waterstones, Congrats!
    They actually offered them in a lefthanded configuration for a short while back when they were a relatively new company.
    I am still sad I was unable to get one.
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  18. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    If you'd like a really nice custom 12 string at a much lower price than the TP signature ones, contact Cataldo (our own @Dadagoboi):


    How's it sound, you ask?

  19. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Davie504 playing a 12 String Dean Rhapsody if you're looking for something less expensive.

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  20. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Dude needs to cut back on the espresso. Just sayin'. :wideyed::roflmao:

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