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What is the best way to get a 12 string bass sound?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Arnie, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. Arnie


    May 14, 2005
    Kingston, NY
    I am thinking maybe an octave pedal and a chorus? Trying to achieve the Tom Peterson sound (Cheap trick)..

  2. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    Might I recommend getting a 12-string bass? I got a Dean Rhapsody in the last year that wasn't too expensive and it's a ton of fun to play.
  3. bassie12


    Aug 23, 2008
    Hire Tom Petersson.

    But seriously, only a twelve will make that sound. Preferably through a bass amp(boom) and a guitar amp(grind.) Pedals will just make it sound small. :crying:

    Been there, bought a twelve.:D
  4. stingray96191


    Jul 27, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Unofficially Endorsing Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars
    The Line 6 Variax Bass actually does a fair 12 string tone. But you'll probably pay as much for ond as just buying a Tom Peterson Signature Waterstone. He also runs his Bass through several lower watt guitar amps to get his sound. Not a bass rig.
  5. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    You will never cop the sound of a twelve on a 4 banger... you can get close on a 8...

    If i wanted to get a 12 string bass sound I would probably call my nearest Hamer dealer... :D
  6. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    You need man octave up pedal.

    I have an eight string which gets close with some chorusing.

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