Jon Brant's Red Custom Hamer 12-String Bass

Hamer B12S 12-String Bass - Custom made for Jon Brant (Cheap Trick) in 1982.

Jon Brant played this bass on stage for several years. It has been estimated that it was used on well over a thousand shows while Jon was playing with Cheap Trick. This is the bass you see on the Thicke of Night 1983 television show, Rockpalast 1983 and several other programs from when Jon first joined the band. The bass was used on the Next Position Please tour which was in 1983. There is also video from the One On One sessions (for MTV) that show Jon using the bass in 1982.

Interestingly, the Carlson speaker cabinet shown in the background was one of the two Carlson cabs that Brant actually used on stage. Before this recent photo, the bass had been separated from the cabinet for over 20 years.


Jon playing the red Hamer B12S 12-string on the "She's Tight" video....

.... and on the "Tonight It's You" video.


The headstock includes Jon's name both under the Hamer logo and on the truss rod cover.


The extra knob on the bass is a boost pot, and when the bass is switched ON an LED flashes on and off. The bass has an on / off switch that has to be pulled up to turn the bass on or off. When moved forward, the switch moves back down to lock the bass on. The LED switch requires two AA batteries, plus there are two 9-volt batteries powering the pick-ups.



Jon Brant's autograph is on the back of the bass.
Jon had the neck shaved down to give it a better feel, and obviously it was never repainted after this procedure.


The bass has Brant's strap, which is locked on.



The bass has the original Hamer case that has the tech writing on it, flight tags from the Chicago O'Hare airport and all the extra strings and stuff from Jon in the storage section.


This bass received SN # 0642 under the 4-digit Hamer serial numbering system that was used for custom instruments until 1985. See the Hamer Serial Number page for more details.

This bass recently sent to a new home in Texas.