Hamer Chaparral 12-String Bass
Quick Identification Guide

There has been some confusion on eBay and elsewhere about the different models of the Hamer Chaparral 12-string basses. One model is made in the USA, the other was first made in Korea, then in China and currently in Indonesia. Superficially they all look identical. But with their different construction and features they sell for dramatically different prices. This quick reference guide will allow the different models to be easily distinguished from each other.

Model B12L - Made in USA

Model CH-12 - Made in Korea

Headstock Inscription

Headstock Inscription

The B12L inscription always reads "Hamer USA".

The Korean CH-12 inscription just reads "Hamer".

Model CH-12XT - Made in China / Indonesia

Headstock Inscription

The Chinese CH-12 reads "Hamer XT Series", plus "Chaparral 12" is on the truss rod cover.

Pickups

Pickups

The pickups on the B12L are made by EMG and are clearly labeled as such.

The pickups on the CH-12 are a humbucking design and are not labeled.

   

Serial Numbers

Serial Numbers

B12L serial numbers always have 6 digits and are stamped into the wood on the back of the headstock. See the Serial Numbers page for year-dating information.

CH-12 Serial numbers always have 7 digits, are oriented perpendicularly to the machine heads and are applied as a decal. The country of origin is written directly below the serial number.

   

Retail Pricing - MSRP  $ 2,899.00

Most dealers will sell new basses at a discount from this price.

Retail Pricing - MSRP $ 1,299.00

Most dealers will sell new basses at a discount from this price.

 

Important!

Frequently both of these models are incorrectly listed as having a stereo output. While they both have stereo jacks, the active electronics circuitry uses the ring of the stereo jack as a battery bypass. This allows the electronics to be turned off when there is no cord plugged into the bass thus greatly extending battery life. Therefore the jack is stereo but the output is mono.