12-String Bass Discography

Relatively few albums have been released that include a 12-string bass. There are in fact so few albums that it may be possible for a comprehensive listing to be made. Typically the 12 is used on only a few songs on any given album. Only a handful of albums include the 12-string bass on every song.

This section is an attempt to document every album that includes at least one song recorded with a 12-string bass. Major label as well as independent albums are covered. Some of these independently released albums are now out of print and tough to find.

It should also be noted that, while some tunes were certainly recorded with a 12-string bass, it may be difficult to distinguish the typical 12 sound. This can be due to a variety of factors such as the amount of distortion used, overlapping guitar parts, producers who don't understand how to work a 12-string into the mix, etc.

This project will undoubtedly take time to complete and your help is needed! If you know of an album that should be listed, please let us know.


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Artist: Anthrax
Album Name: Attack Of The Killer B's
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Island (1991)
Bassist: Frank Bello
12-String Bass Played: Hamer

Note: The liner notes for these two songs reads, "Oh, Frankie plays a twelve string on these two songs for that extra death tone."

Songs on Album: 12
Songs Recorded with a 12: 2

   Milk (Ode to Billy)
   Chromatic Death


Artist: Barely Standing
Album Name: Barely Standing
Genre: Rock
Publisher: HyperDrive Records (2004)
Bassist: Stevie Conlon
Bass Played: Black Hamer B12L

Note: The 12-string bass parts were all doubled with other basses.

Songs on Album: 9
Songs Recorded with a 12: 7

   Rain
   Traces
   Backseat Queen
   Grand Canyon
   Like You Ride Me
   Think About Me
    Grand Canyon (Live)


Artist: Bass Face LV
Album Name: Bassically Yours
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Arpeggio Inc. (2006)
Bassist: "Bass Face"
12-String Bass Played: Carlo Robelli
Songs on Album: 17
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

   After Hours


Artist: Bass Face LV
Album Name: Vegas Skyz'
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Arpeggio Inc. (2007)
Bassist: "Bass Face"
12-String Bass Played: Hamer
Songs on Album: 17
Songs Recorded with a 12: 2

   After The Rain
   Phoenix


Artist: Bass Face LV
Album Name: Namasté
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: Arpeggio Inc. (2008)
Bassist: "Bass Face"
12-String Bass Played: Hamer
Songs on Album: 15
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

   JB Flamboyant


Artist: Big Meat Rods
Album Name: Big Meat Rods
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Big Meat Rods (2000)
Bassist: Bob Nimmo
See Bob's Featured Player page.
Bass Played: Hamer B12S
Songs on Album: 12
Songs Recorded with a 12: 12

Artist: Big Wreck
Album Name: In Loving Memory Of...
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Atlantic 83032-2 (1997)
Bassist: David Henning
Read our Conversation with David
12-String Basses Played: Hamers
Songs on Album: 13
Songs Recorded with a 12: 4

   That Song
   Fall Through The Cracks
   Waste
   Prayer


Artist: Buck Brothers
Album Name: We Are Merely Filters
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Back2Forward (2010)
Bassist: Andy Duke
12-String Bass Played: Dean
Songs on Album: 11
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

   Deeply Shallow


Artist: Johnny Cash
Album Name: Unchained
Genre: Country
Published: Sony BMG (1996)
Bassist: Howie Epstein
Bass Played: Red Hamer B12S

Note: In the liner notes Cash wrote, "Howie plays a sweet 12-string bass, an instrument I'd never seen used on a session before."

Songs on Album: 14
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

    Southern Accents


Artist: Chemical Tree
Album Name: Chemical Tree
Genre: Rock / Metal
Publisher: Chemical Tree (2010)
Bassist: John Howser
Bass Played: Hamer CH-12
Songs on Album: 11
Songs Recorded with a 12: 3

Gun To My Head
Flesh & Stone
Anytime


Artist: Clatter
Album Name: Monarch
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Chicken House Records (2006)
Bassist: Amy Humphrey
Read our Interview with Amy.
Basses Played: Waterstone TP-1, Waterstone TP-12/32
Songs on Album: 13
Songs Recorded with a 12: 5

Recorded with the TP-12/32
   Limelight

Recorded with the TP-1
   Tenuous
   Martyr's Cry
   Somewhere Inside
   Nighttime


Artist: Robert Cole Band
Album Name: The Dissolution
Genre: Rock
Publisher: (2010)
Bassist: Robert Cole
Bass Played: Converted 4 to 12-string Gibson Les Paul
Songs on Album: 10
Songs Recorded with a 12: 10

Artist: Crunchy
Album Name: Loserville
Genre: Rock
Published: 2007
Bassist: Monty Colvin
Bass Played: Hades 12
Songs on Album: 15
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

    The Lucky One


Artist: Dry
Album Name: 14 Days
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Iamusic (1999)
Bassist: Jim Morgan
Bass Played: Hamer B12L
Songs on Album: 15
Songs Recorded with a 12: 6

   On You
   Together Alone
   High Enuff
   Monday Mood
   Make Believe
   14 Days - Live version


Artist: Dry
Album Name: What's Yours?
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Iamusic D-02-02 (2002)
Bassist: Jim Morgan
Basses Played: Dean Rhapsody 12, Hamer B12L and Hamer B12S
Songs on Album: 10
Songs Recorded with a 12: 10

Recorded with the Dean
   Circles
   Art Of Persuasion
   Intro to Now Hear This

The Hamers were used on all of the other songs.


Artist: dumBass
Album Name: Bottom Feeder
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: (2007)
Bassist: William Weber
Bass Played: Black Hamer B12L

Notes: The artist name is pronounced "dumb ass". Most of the songs on this album are instrumentals. A Hagstrom 8-string bass also used.

Songs on Album: 11
Songs Recorded with a 12: 2

   Anesthesia
   Music (Of The Night)


Artist: Enuff Z'Nuff
Album Name: Strength
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Atlantic Records (1991)
Bassist: Chip Znuff
Bass Played: Hamer Custom "Peace" Chaparral 12

Note: As Chip Z'Nuff is a fingerstyle player, the 12 sound is a bit muddy and difficult to distinguish.

Songs on Album: 14
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

   Holly Wood Ya


Artist: Enuff Z'Nuff
Album Name: Enuff Z'Nuff Live
Publisher: Stoney Records (2000)
Bassist: Chip Z'Nuff
Bass Played: Hamer 12

Notes: As Chip Z'Nuff is a fingerstyle player, the typical 12 sound is a bit muddy at times and difficult to distinguish although it is clearly evident in the song "In The Groove", particularly in the song's intro.

Songs on Album: 14
Songs Recorded w/ 12: 13

The song "Bring It On Home" was played on a 4-string bass and is a studio demo for the movie "Jerry Maguire". All other songs on the album were recorded live using a 12-string bass.


Artist: Éonz
Album Name: Éonz
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Commcd-348 (1997)
Bassist: Richard Savoie
Bass Played: Black Hamer B12L
Read our Conversation with Richard
Songs on Album: 11
Songs Recorded with a 12: 3

   J'attends
   Le sauveur
   Eugène


Artist: Éonz
Album Name: ...avec un zède <live>
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Commcd-349 (1999)
Bassist: Richard Savoie
Bass Played: Black Hamer B12L
Read our Conversation with Richard
Songs on Album: 15
Songs Recorded with a 12: 5

   50 ans
   Caméléon 99
   Briser le silence
   Freejazz
   Phobie


Artist: Éonz
Album Name: Simple 1993-2002
Genre: Rock
Publisher: New2-1752 (2002)
Bassist: Richard Savoie
Bass Played: Black Hamer B12L
Read our Conversation with Richard

This is a "greatest hits" compilation.

Songs on Album: 17
Songs Recorded with a 12: 3

   J'attends
   Cible sans arme
   La raison


Artist: Kelly Fairchild
Album Name: Starland
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Wildchild Sound (2007)
Bassist: Arthur Persson
Bass Played: Black Hamer B12A
Songs on Album: 10
Songs Recorded with a 12: 5

   Let's Rock
    Pam Anderson
    Let's Go Away
    Don't Stop
    It's Alright


Artist: Brenda Freed
Album Name: Sort It Out
Genre: Folk / Country, Blues, Rock
Publisher: BFreed Records (1999)
Bassist: Tim Harden
12-String Bass Played: Hamer B12L

Note: Tim is pictured with his 12-string bass on the back cover and twice in the booklet. See Tim's Featured Player page.

Songs on Album: 10
Songs Recorded with a 12: 9

   Stop The Rain
   Sort It Out
   I'll Be Damned
   Ships
   Wish I May
   Sparks Fly
   Faith Healer
   Trouble
   I Gotta Get Over You


Artist: Gabby Hayz
Album Name: Keepsake
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Gabby Hayz (2006)
Bassist: Ken Morel
Bass Played: Hamer B12L
Songs on Album: 14
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

   Dealers of Decay


Artist: Galactic Cowboys
Album Name: Galactic Cowboys
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Geffen (1991)
Bassist: Monty Colvin
Bass Played: Black Hamer B12S

Note: The songs "My School" and "Why Can't You Believe in Me" were recorded with a Kramer 8-string.

Songs on Album: 10
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

   Someone For Everyone


Artist: Galactic Cowboys
Album Name: Space In Your Face
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Geffen (1993)
Bassist: Monty Colvin
Bass Played: Black Hamer B12S

Note: There are two 'hidden' bonus tracks on this album.

Songs on Album: 11
Songs Recorded with a 12: 2

   About Mrs. Leslie
   Where Are You Now


Artist: Galactic Cowboys
Album Name: Feel The Rage
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Metal Blade (1996)
Bassist: Monty Colvin
Bass Played: Black Hamer B12S
Songs on Album: 6
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

   Idle Minds - Live version


Artist: Glitterhick
Album Name: Glitterhick
Genre: Southern / Hillbilly Rock
Publisher: Garudio Records (1999)
Bassist: Bobby Lee
Bass Played: Hamer B12S
Songs on Album: 13
Songs Recorded with a 12: 13

Note: The song "King Of The Hill" from this album was also included in the "2001: New Music Odyssey" compilation album released by Garudio Records.


Artist: Gov't Mule
Album Name: Gov't Mule
Publisher: Relativity Recordings (1995)
Bassist: Allen Woody
Bass Played: Chandler Flying V-12

Notes: The 12 is not well recorded and is buried in the mix; it was used to strengthen the 4-string bass part which was recorded live. See our Tribute to Allen Woody.

Songs on Album: 12
Songs Recorded w/ 12: 1

   Left Coast Groovies


Artist: The Gravy
Album Name: The Gravy
Publisher: Q Division Records (1999)
Bassist: Jim Haggerty
Bass Played: Hamer
Songs on EP: 5
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

   40 Acres


Artist: The Grip Weeds
Album Name: Strange Change Machine
Genre: Psychedelic 60's Rock / Power Pop
Publisher: Rainbow Quartz Records (2010)
Bassist: Michael Kelly
See Michael's Featured Player page.
Bass Played: Waterstone TP 12/34

Songs on Album: 24
Recorded with a 12: 1

   Mr. X


Artist: Tim Harden
Album Name: Tim Harden
Publisher: Tim Harden (2008)
Bassist: Tim Harden
See Tim's Featured Player page.
Bass Played: Hamer B12L

Notes: The first three songs listed have no guitar tracks, just multi-tracked bass. "I Hate The Men's Locker Room" also includes a 4-string bass part.

Songs on Album: 11
Songs Recorded with a 12: 5
   I Just Want Your Kiss
   Birdcage
   I Hate The Men's Locker Room

   Bulldog
   Thunderbird

"Bulldog" and "Thunderbird" were previously released on the "Safety In Numbers" compilation album in 2000.


Artist: Miles Helm
Album Name: Humanoid
Genre: Electronic / Progressive
Publisher: Scared Old Planet Music (2007)
Bassist:  Odell Robinson
Bass Played: Hamer
Songs on Album: 7
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

   High Noon (Man With A Gun)


Artist: Hunk
Album Name: Hunk
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Geffen GEFMD-24955 (1996)
Bassist: Drew Santarsiero
Bass Played: Black Hamer B12L

Notes: After Hunk disbanded, Drew played the 12 on an episode of the television show "Beverly Hills 90210" with singer Jamie Blake.

Songs on Album: 11
Songs Recorded with a 12: 3

   Gardens
   Never Before
   Always

Drew's Hamer 12-string bass is pictured on the back cover of the album.


Artist: In The Machine
Album Name: In The Machine
Genre: Rock / Metal
Publisher: ITM Music Publishing (2011)
Bassist:  Ian Ringler
Bass Played: Red Hamer B12S
Songs on Album: 11
Songs Recorded with a 12: 11

Artist: Stephen Jay
Album Name: Outer Voice
Genre: Funk / Reggae / African
Publisher: Arayou Records (2003)
Bassist: Stephen Jay
Bass Played: Dean Rhapsody 12

Notes: Read our Review of this album. In addition to his solo projects, Steve has also played bass for "Weird Al" Yankovic since the early 1980's.

Songs on Album: 13
Songs Recorded with a 12: 2
   Umma Umma Umma
   Odds Bodkins

These songs feature a detuned 12-string bass, with one of the high octave strings tuned to a 5th.

A close-up of Steve's 12-string appears in the liner notes.


Artist: Joydrop
Album Name: Viberate
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Tommy Boy Music TBCD1416 (2001)
Bassist: Tom McKay
Bass Played: Black Hamer CH-12
Songs on Album: 12
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

   Viberate


Artist: Judge Unger
Album Name: Big Trouble
Genre: Alternative Rock
Publisher: Judge Unger (2007)
Bassist: Odell Robinson, Jr.
See Odell's Featured Player page
12-String Bass Played: Black Hamer CH-12

Note: Read our Review of this album

Songs on Album: 12
Songs Recorded with a 12: 11

All of the songs on this album were recorded with the 12 except for "Far East" upon which a Carlo Robelli 8-string bass was used.


Artist: The Kerbcrawlers
Album Name: The Kerbcrawlers Album
Genre: Top-40 Rock covers
Publisher: The Kerbcrawlers (2005)
Bassist: Ian Edmundson
See Ian's Featured Player page.
Bass Played: Cherry Red Hamer B12S
Songs on Album: 12
Songs Recorded with a 12: 2

   I Knew The Bride
   Proud Mary


Artist: The Kerbcrawlers
Album Name: Music from the Dark side...
Genre: Top-40 Rock covers
Publisher: The Kerbcrawlers (2007)
Bassist: Ian Edmundson
Bass Played: Cherry Red Hamer B12S
Songs on Album: 12
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

    Always With Me, Always With You


Artist: The Kerbcrawlers
Album Name: Wish you were here
Genre: Top-40 Rock covers
Publisher: The Kerbcrawlers (2007)
Bassist: Ian Edmundson
Bass Played: Cherry Red Hamer B12S
Songs on Album: 12
Songs Recorded with a 12: 2

    Wish You Were Here
    I Want You To Want Me


Artist: King's X
Album Name: Faith Hope Love
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Megaforce (1990)
Bassist: Doug Pinnick
Read our Interview with Doug.
Bass Played: Hamers
Songs on Album: 13
Songs Recorded with a 12: 4

   Faith Hope Love
   Six Broken Soldiers
   We Are Finding Who We Are
   It's Love


Artist: King's X
Album Name: Manic Moonlight
Genre: Rock
Publisher: Metal Blade (2001)
Bassist: Doug Pinnick
Read our Interview with Doug.
Bass Played: Hamer
Songs on Album: 10
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

   False Alarm

Note: According to dUg, Dogman and all subsequent King's X albums were not recorded with the 12-string bass even though Dogman is frequently incorrectly reported as being recorded with the 12.


Artist: King's X
Album Name: XV
Genre: Rock
Publisher: (2008)
Bassist: Doug Pinnick
Read our Interview with Doug.
Bass Played: Yamaha Custom 12
Songs on Album: 14
Songs Recorded with a 12: 1

   Pray

Note: We talked to Michael Wagener, the producer of this album, about the effect used on the 12 in the intro to "Pray". He told us, "That is a Guyatone WR3 Wah Rocker Effects pedal, a little purple stompbox."


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