Cheap Trick's Tom Petersson


Petersson's main bass during this tour was a gemstone-encrusted Waterstone signature 12-string that he calls the Peacock because it was made for Cheap Trick's scheduled performance on NBC's The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, but before the show O'Brien left the TV network. Another signature Waterstone 12-string features the same Ludwig drum covering for its top that is used on guitarist Rick Nielsen's Disco Dick Hamer Standard. He tunes his 12-strings in triple unison to E-A-D-G. And although Petersson uses only 12-strings onstage, he warms up for every show with a heavily relic'd Fender Custom Shop P bass.

Amps and Effects

To get one of the most amazingly gritty and full live bass sounds you'll ever hear, Petersson uses all-tube Orange AD 200 MK III and Orange AD 50 heads raging through two Orange 4x12 cabinets. For backup purposes, he's got a Reeves Custom Studio/Stage MK II and an Orange Rockerverb 50 MK II. The only pedal that Tom uses is a Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI.