Cheap Trick's Tom Petersson: "I love string noise within the tone, and I love using both guitar amps and bass amps"

Tom Petersson member of the band Cheap Trick performs live on stage at Allianz Parque on December 13, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
(Image credit: Mauricio Santana/Getty Images)

From the time that Tom Petersson first picked up a bass at age 14, a deep desire burned inside that would become the driving force of his musical career.

This passion was not to become the greatest player or even the most well-known bassist, but rather, to find the perfect tone that had been lingering in the recesses of this mind since his boyhood days of idolizing Paul McCartney and John Entwistle. In doing so, Petersson pioneered many trends, such as playing a 12-string bass, and using large guitar cabinets miked with classic microphones, all as part of his attempt to wrangle the tone of his dreams.

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