12-String Bass Featured Player
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Brent Anthonisen from Atlanta, Georgia and his Musicvox 12-string bass.

 

 

While Brent has played bass for over 20 years, he discovered the 12-string in 2003. Brent writes, "It has quickly become my preferred instrument and I try to use it on as many songs as the other guys in the band let me get away with."

"I play through a Hartke HA3500 head. I like the flexibility of the passive as well as active inputs that minimize the amount of tinkering with my rig I do during gigs. I'm the busiest guy on stage during shows as I split time between my Musicvox Space Cadet 12-string and a fretless Fender Jazz bass, as well as a Philip Kubicki Ex Factor bass that I use for any songs that call for a slap / pop technique. Elvis had a guy to hand him towels during shows... I need a guy to make sure that I'm able to switch basses smoothly, as our set list was designed with no regard to the axes I need to give the songs their best possible sound. My cabinet is a Hartke 810XL (8x10) which is murder to haul and nearly prohibitive as far as playing smaller shows are concerned. If I had it to do all over again I probably would have gone with two separate cabs, 1x15 and 4x10 just for the sake of flexibility and ease of travel. But whenever I show up to gigs with that massive cab people know I've come to chew bubble gum and kick @$$. I use no outside effects; what you hear is the sound of the bass, the sound of the amp, and the sound of the player."

 
Brent's fretless Fender Jazz bass

"I am absolutely certain that the Space Cadet 12 is the best buy for the money as far as the range of the instrument is concerned; I chose the Musicvox as my 12ver both out of necessity of not having the funds available to buy the typical Hamer USA-12 and because I thought the features were absolutely second to none. Neck-through-body design, stereo inputs, locks on the tuning machines... these are strictly custom shop-quality elements on any bass, let alone for 12-strings. Also, the string groupings and their respective spacings are absolutely superior to the similar models in the Musicvox price range and comparable to the higher-end Hamers. I don't utilize the active electronics; pulling that pot creates such an overdrive effect that the result is sheer distortion, and unlike Tom Petersson I prefer a cleaner sound, more reminiscent of a keyboard than a massive electric guitar."


The Atlanta based band Second Glance

I've only just got my own MySpace page up and running recently (http://www.myspace.com/b_a_anthonisen) but my band's site has been up and running for a while:  http://www.secondglancemusic.com  We've made two recordings with the 12ver; "The Judas Blues" and "Lavender", both of which are found on the band's page. I've also got "The Judas Blues" on my personal page since I wrote it.