Hamer B12A 12-String Bass
||Jol Dantzig at the Hamer
shop in Palatine, Illinois with the first B12A 12-string bass (made for
Tom Petersson) and Rick Nielson's checkerboard Vector guitar.
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The "Acoustic Look" Hamer B12A 12-string bass was designed by Hamer in collaboration with Tom Petersson and Rick Neilson of Cheap Trick in 1979. Petersson first used the B12A during Cheap Trick's Dream Police tour and it became his main bass for many years. The B12A is still being produced by Hamer. Usually it is found in the standard 34" long scale but a handful of short scale basses were also produced as custom orders. There are also variations in the necks and headstocks. The B12A is probably the Hamer 12-string model with the widest variety of custom finishes.
1988 Checkerboard "Elvis" B12A with OBL pickups and three output jacks
This bass was used in Cheap Trick's video for the song "Don't Be Cruel".
It can be played as a standup bass and uses a screw-in pool cue as a stand.
1985 Planet Hologram B12A with thinner neck and tapered headstock
Three output jacks
Tom Petersson's 1988 B12A with OBL pickups and bound body, three output jacks
Amusingly, "HI MY NAME IS TOM" appears where the neck attaches to the body.
Jack Capitano's 2004 Transparent Black Hamer B12A 12-String Bass
It has the boomerang inlays and an ebony fingerboard. Ultimate flametop.
This bass is unusual in that it does not have the 'sound hole' typically found on this model.
Cherry Red B12A
'59 Burst finish B12A Basses
Early version of
"Uncle" Bob Nimmo's B12A with "Custom Graphics"
Click on the thumbnail to see the version with Advanced Graphics!
James Hunting's Natural B12A with Custom Tailpiece
The back of the body, neck and headstock are painted bright red
BCR Blue Sparkle Finish - Left Handed B12A
BCR Blue Sparkle Finish B12A
BCR Burst Finish B12A
White Finish B12A with custom pearloid tuners
Standard B12A Headstock
Mid-1980's Tom Petersson Model
B12A Thinner Tapered Headstock
Hamer B12A Standard Features:
Standard Headstock with Schaller Tuners
Hamer B12A Ad:
"The Hamer Acoustic Bass is as visually striking as it is sonically awe-inspiring. Try one out at your Hamer USA dealer today. Be sure to bring your checkbook, you won't want to leave empty handed."