12-String Bass Art
The first drawings of 12-string basses appeared very soon after the appearance of the first Hamer Quad Bass. While there are countless drawings of band members, only rarely will the instruments be accurately represented, the focus is typically on the faces of the musicians.
The front cover of Volume 1 of the Japanese Cheap Trick fan magazine, Cheap Sweets, may be the very first publication of any kind to display a 12-string bass. This issue seems to have been the only volume published because a competing magazine, Cheap Jack, appeared at roughly the same time. The drawing shows a reasonably accurate 12-string bass held by a Mona Lisa look-alike wearing Rick Nielsen’s baseball cap, smoking Bun E. Carlos’ cigarette and with Robin Zander’s hair.
Published in 1978
This issue of Cheap Sweets appeared on March 21, 1978, only a couple of months after Cheap Trick starting using the 12-string bass in their concerts in Japan.
The fan magazine Cheap Jack featured Tom Petersson and the Hamer Quad Bass on the front cover of Volume 6. Tom seems to have a headache, or perhaps he just remembered he left the stove on.
Cheap Trick - Busted Comic
To try to capitalize on the success achieved with Cheap Trick’s “Lap of Luxury” album, for the “Busted” album in 1990 Marvel Comics published this illustrated ‘history’ of how the band got together. It contains 8 pages of comics plus promotional hype and ads for Cheap Trick on the covers.
Two panels in the comic show Tom Petersson playing his Hamer B12A.
Illustrations by created by June Brigman and Ralph Cabrera.