12-String Bass Featured Player
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Neal Vanderhoof from Ocala, Florida and his USA Hamer 12-string bass.
On stage with the band Midnight Run.


Neal writes, "Years ago I read on the "Live at Budokan" album that Tom Petersson played a 12-string bass. I had no idea what that was or what it looked like, but it sounded terrific on the album and I thought if I ever get the chance to own one, I'm going to do it. Finally fast forward to today... I found a Hamer Chaparral USA model in black up for sale on an estate auction. The sellers had no idea what the bass was worth so I got it for the price of the import model. What a lucky day for me - now I finally own a 12-string bass! I'd say that I play 12-string about 30% of the time at any given performance."

"In the band 'Midnite Run' I play bass mainly, but also play all acoustic, rhythm, and (on some songs switching with the guitarist) lead guitar.  For example, I play acoustic guitar using one of my Line 6 Variax model 700's while playing bass on the Roland PK-5 Bass Pedals I have hooked up to a Roland JP-8080 brain."

"I also use the rig as shown here with one of my other Variax 700's mounted on a walk-behind stand that I customized to fit onto a customized Gibraltar keyboard rack. This enables me to save stage floor space and play the mounted guitar while having enough room to play the bass pedals. It also allows (since it can swivel) the lead singer to come over and play rhythm guitar on a few songs."


Neal's bass gear includes a 1978 Rickenbacker 4001 in black, Ibanez 900 series 4-string and 5-string basses, Tobias Killer-B 4, 5, 6-string basses, and the Hamer Chaparral CH12L USA 12-string bass.

"My rig varies depending on the venue we are playing at. If we play at a small bar I bring my Genz-Benz NEOX400-210T combo which has both tube and FET front end with a single channel running two 10's. The sound and the tone is terrific for such a small combo, plus the thing can really crank without and tonal loss if I could ever turn it up. For bigger shows, I bring my Genz-Benz GBE1200 Head with a Schroeder 21012 cabinet along with an AccuGroove El Whappo Cabinet run in parallel full range. The Schroeder actually produces more low end than the El Whappo Does with it's 15" speaker, but the El Whappo produces every overtone and harmonic with crystal clarity. The GB1200 Head has a single input but two channels; one FET channel with full EQ and the other has a 12AX7 front with full EQ. It then has three master tone features; a Bass boost / cut, a Mid scoop, and a High boost / cut. Each control can be tailored to your needs, plus the included foot switch allows to you switch between channels or combine them, then it also allows you to turn on or off each of the master tone controls previously explained."

"With the 12-string and this combination I get all of what the 12 can produce and have faithfully amplified, not to mention how well it does for my other basses from 4, 5, and 6 strings."


Be sure to check out Neal's myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/nealvan