Twelve-string bass

Twelve-string bass

The twelve-string bass is an electric bass with four courses each of three strings.

Normal tuning is eeE-aaA-ddD-ggG, with one string of each course tuned similarly to the corresponding string of the four-string bass, and the remaining two strings tuned to the octave.

It is prominent in the music of Cheap Trick, played by Tom Petersson.


* Hamer Guitars (1978)
* Dean Guitars

Other twelve string basses

There have been several bass guitars with twelve strings built to rarer or even unique specifications.

ix-course bass

A bass with six courses each of two strings was played by John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. This instrument was made by Hugh Manson.

Twelve-course bass

Basses have been built with twelve single-string courses, and various tunings. These are not normally played as a conventional bass guitar, but rather both hands are used on the fretboard.

ee also

* Eight string bass guitar
* Mandocello

External links

* []

ix-course bass

* [ John Paul Jones bass guitars]

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