John Entwistle's Hamer Standard Quad Bass
Thanks to Jol Dantzig at Hamer USA we are able to bring you this photo of the Hamer Quad Bass that was custom built for John Entwistle of The Who! It is quite exceptional in that, unlike all of the other Quads, this one was made in the Standard style with a bound body. It would therefore qualify as the first Standard 12-string bass built.
This bass has a number of other features that distinguish it from the rest of the Quads. Most obviously the switches and the 12 knobs for the quadraphonic circuitry are all at the bottom of the body instead of at the top. The two main knobs are positioned far forward. Although the body was routed for two pick-ups only one was actually included. It had 21 frets with a set neck. The custom double-dot inlays are set to the outsides of the neck with three inlays at the 12th fret.
The serial number of this bass is # 0139. Factory records show a completion date of January 25th, 1979. According to an interview given by Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, Entwistle played this bass on the soundtrack for the movie Quadrophenia. The Who re-recorded much of the music from the album Quadrophenia for the movie soundtrack in April of 1979. Much of the re-recording involved strengthening the bass lines. Carlos claimed to have been present at a studio in Germany while Entwistle was recording with it.
A DiMarzio humbucking pickup was eventually added. Jol has confirmed that this photo has never been seen anywhere previously. "That Who bass is a scoop!" states Jol. We are honored to be the first to publish this photo and the information about such a significant 12-string bass.
Thank You Jol Dantzig!