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Dean Rhapsody 12 12-String Bass  Transparent Black 

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Beautifully sculpted mahogany body with a maple top. 34" scale maple and walnut neck. 12 strings are strung as 4 groups of 3. Black Grover tuners. EM...Read More

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Beautifully sculpted mahogany body with a maple top. 34" scale maple and walnut neck. 12 strings are strung as 4 groups of 3. Black Grover tuners. EMG-HZ pickups with Dean 3D preamp. Dean 2-piece anchor bridge.

For bassists with a taste for the unusual.

FEATURES
  • 12 string
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 34" scale and 2-1/8" nut
  • Black chrome bridge
  • Black Grover tuners
  • EMG-HZ pickups with Dean 3D preamp
  • Dean 2-piece anchor bridge system
  • Bolt-on maple and walnut neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Abalone dot inlays
  • 24 frets
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DeanRhapsody 12 12-String Bass
 
4.3

(based on 25 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • No (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best 12 string for the money

Some of these reviews are ridiculous. A 12 string is not the best choice for your 1st bass, and I'm not going to take away points because it needs an amp, like one...Read complete review

Some of these reviews are ridiculous. A 12 string is not the best choice for your 1st bass, and I'm not going to take away points because it needs an amp, like one genious did. Sounds great. Looks good. Takes some getting used to, but not too much, I play it with a pick AND with my fingers. No rhythm guitarist in your band? No problem, with this you are bassist AND rhythm guitarist.

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Overall I did not like this product

This bass is awkward to play because of its styling. The 12 string is an awesome concept. Like a 12 string guitar, the sound is really cool!

This bass is awkward to play because of its styling. The 12 string is an awesome concept. Like a 12 string guitar, the sound is really cool!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Whole Lotta Bass!!

Pros

  • Easy to play
  • Great Fun To Play
  • Great voice

Cons

  • None at all

Best Uses

  • Contemporary Christian
  • Heavy Instrumental
  • Spiritual

Comments about Dean Rhapsody 12 12-String Bass:

This bass is an awesome addition to my collection. Right out of the box, it was ready for the stage, no set-up necessary. All I had to do was tune it, plug it in and start making thunder. It has a very different voice from my other basses and fills the bill wonderfully. The two octave strings in each course gives it a rich, full and dynamic sound. Sometimes our Praise Team has to play without a guitarist, and this compensates beautifully. One time, I plugged it into my POG-2 and turned it into a huge pipe organ. I don't have big hands, but I can navigate the neck very well and hit all the string without a problem. This is a sweet machine. I'm happy and proud to add it to my collection. It's also fun to watch people's reactions when they see it for the first time. The Praise Team I play with never knows what I'm walking in with from one time to the next, and it's fun to keep 'em guessing. It may not be the best choice for someone's first bass, but I think that, even if it were, a new player could get used to with some practice and patience. Anyone who wants something different like I do should certainly check this big baby out. I'm sure glad I did!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass for the $$$

Pros

  • Easy to play
  • Great Fun To Play
  • Great voice

Cons

  • No cons from me

Best Uses

  • Church Praise Team
  • Folk
  • Original

Comments about Dean Rhapsody 12 12-String Bass:

I've had my Rhapsody-12 long enough now to have a solid opinion of it. I like different sounds from different basses, and this one certainly adds a whole new voice to my bass choir. Yes, it's a tad heavy at 9+ pounds, but so what? I also have a Conklin GT-7, so this bass is light by comparison. Granted it probably isn't for novice bassists. It didn't take long to get used to it, mostly because I sit down to play. I have very little of the reported nose diving because of that. All in all, I am very pleased with this big baby. Like some, I don't have great big hands, but transitioning from an 8-string to a 12-string wasn't much of a stretch for me. It goes totally nuts through my ME-50 pedal. I hope to play this baby for a very long time.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A BASS FOR GUITARISTS

Comments about Dean Rhapsody 12 12-String Bass:

Or, a guitar for bassists.

If you're at least a moderately experienced player with the fingers to handle a broad neck, and understand what an Octave Bass can add to your repertoire, this could be for you.

Novices, or players with smaller hands, would likely be frustrated.

I find the Big Dean gives it's best when put through a dual amp system, such as a two channel compressor/splitter sending the low frequencies to a bass amp and the highs to a guitar amp. Amazing what you can tweak from that sort of combination.

My only quibble is that the stock strings (as is often the case) aren't the best -- creaky, twangy and hard to tune and stay in tune. Get a set of d'Addarios made for the Hamer 12 and you'll be happy.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Every thing you ever needed in a bass.

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from Tasmania, Australia

Pros

  • Double Braced Neck
  • Easy Play - Unique Sound
  • Emg S Work Well
  • Holds Tune Well
  • Robust construction

Cons

  • No Good For Small Hands
  • Nose Dives A Bit
  • Reasonably Heavy

Best Uses

  • Don't Need A Rhythm
  • Suitable For Most Sounds

Comments about Dean Rhapsody 12 12-String Bass:

Progressed from a 1962 Hagstrom 8 to the Rhapsody and found the wide neck a big difference after the super fast Swedish model. Have now been playing it for about 8 years and wouldn't swap with anything. Works wonderfully as a bass/rhythm instrument and bass chords really add fill to any sound. I am a pick player and as such can separate bass strings from treble drones for change in sound. Excellent value for money.

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5.0

12 string bass

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from Gustine, ca.

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Pros

  • Very Unique Sound
  • Very Unique Sound Great

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Bass With Back Up Harmony

Comments about Dean Rhapsody 12 12-String Bass:

Was pleased the playability of guitar

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5.0

Really great bass all around.

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from Greenville, NC

Comments about Dean Rhapsody 12 12-String Bass:

The Dean Rhapsody 12 string bass is the most interesting bass I have ever owned. What I like the most is the depth of sound produced by all of the strings and the controlled sound the pre-amp enables. It's just and awsome bass for jammin'!

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5.0

Killer old school funk bass

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from New Orleans, La.

Comments about Dean Rhapsody 12 12-String Bass:

I play with four R&B bands and they always request that I bring my 12 string Dean. I can get that added guitar and bass lick sound. It takes some time to get your fingers to get the strings to ring evenly. When you do, you won't want to stop playing it.

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Interesting

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from Ventura, Ca.

Comments about Dean Rhapsody 12 12-String Bass:

I have been playing bass for 7 or 8 years now, and when I was first looking for a bass I stumbled upon this one. I bought something different only because I knew that a 12 string was to advanced for a beginner. Any one who complains that this bass sucks when its there first bass is an idiot. using a pic on it was OK, but I found that fingers is the way to go. having the bass strings facing the bottom lets your fingers glide over the guitar strings with no problem. You don't need to slap, pic, or hard pluck this guitar, it's not meant for that. It is a unique sound that should be handled by REAL musicians, not a bunch of jack offs that want to play as hard and loud as they can. She's delicate, and VERY musical. I can't wait to buy it very very soon.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome posibilities

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from Grand Rapids, MI

Comments about Dean Rhapsody 12 12-String Bass:

This is a great bass. It really fills the sound out. I split my signal w/Xover then run highs to a guitar amp and lows to my bass amp. The trans-parent black is cooler than I expected. I play mostly with my fingers. it takes a little gettn' used to the difference in string size, but that is to be expected. opens lots of posibilities.

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(1 of 78 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

It's horrrible

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Comments about Dean Rhapsody 12 12-String Bass:

It's too heavy and it just doesn't feel good. You have to have an amp if you want to hear anything. It's bad!!

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