Space Cadet - Inverted String Arrangement

Inverted string arrangement

Musicvox space cadet 12’s strung inverted

Standard string arrangement

Musicvox introduced the Space Cadet 12-string basses strung Inverted in 2012. Musicvox is the only company to ever offer a production model 12 strung this way. The Inverted arrangement, sometimes referred to as 'root on top', has the fundamental string on the opposite side of the two octave strings. This Inverted arrangement is also found on 8-string basses, for instance it was incorporated by Rickenbacker on their 4001 and 4003 series 8-string basses for many decades. While some bassists find this string arrangement to be a counter-intuitive way to string a 12-string bass, it opens up playing possibilities that are not possible with basses strung Standard.

Gold Super Sparkle 12-string bass being prepared for a photo shoot.

Back of the three-tone sunburst Space Cadet 12-string bass strung Inverted.


Inverted headstock displayed in a Musicvox ad.


Finish colors of the Inverted Space Cadet 12’s

Silver Super Sparkle


Midnight Black

Seafoam Green

Three-Tone Sunburst

Red Metallic

Gold Super Sparkle