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Scabrous Birdseed
26-05-2003, 14:01:11
I know next to nothing about guitars. (Cue shouts of "you'd appreciate Led Zeppelin's guitar solos more if you tried to play them yourself", etc.)

In the booklet of Cheap Trick's last-reissued version of the classic Budokan live recording, there's a picture of bass player Tom Petersson holding a twelve-stringed instrument, four groups of three strings each. Now that is weird. What is it?

26-05-2003, 14:22:05

It's just that. Here is a website devoted to them, seems Mr Petersson invented it.

Lazarus and the Gimp
26-05-2003, 14:32:47
Ye gods. Why?

The best use of bass I've ever heard was by Morphine, and Mark Sandman used a 2-string bass.

26-05-2003, 14:38:37
That's fair. You don't need any more than 2 strings on a bass unless you are showing off.

26-05-2003, 18:40:43
I saw Primus once. The bassist was amazing. I agree about Morphine too. Isn't that guy dead now?

Provost Harrison
26-05-2003, 23:09:19
So what advantage does having multiple strings have? I mean, you get 12 string guitars...why?

Vincent (ill at home)
27-05-2003, 08:43:21
Well, they got more strings!

Scabrous Birdseed
27-05-2003, 12:57:00
It actually sounds quite nice, very different. If you look on the site there are some sound samples for download.

Lazarus and the Gimp
27-05-2003, 17:02:27
Originally posted by protein
I saw Primus once. The bassist was amazing. I agree about Morphine too. Isn't that guy dead now?

Yep. Dropped dead of a heart attack during a concert. I was gutted.

27-05-2003, 20:13:11
Les Claypool of Primus used a six string bass if I recall correctly.

Provost Harrison
31-05-2003, 10:32:09
Yeah, I have heard some of his bass work, very impressive, even if I am not so keen on the band themselves...

Lazarus and the Gimp
31-05-2003, 13:01:07
Strictly speaking, Duane Eddy played a 6-string bass. It was a conventional guitar, but with all the strings tuned to an octave lower than usual.