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Pickups for Upright Bass

There's Just Too Many Choices.

Pickups and amplification could be considered the "heart" of our business... it's how we got our start over 15 years ago. But there are LOTS of choices, so how are you supposed to decide? What's our best pickup?

That's a question with no legitimate answer, since the sound of a pickup -- and what constitutes "good" and "not so good" -- is highly subjective. When helping you etermine what pickup might be best for you, we assess what you're looking for -- type of music played, volume needs, tonal preferences, how their sound might need to fit into the larger whole of a performing group, convenience, difficulty of install, budget, etc. Then we try to make an experienced recommendation for a pickup that best fits your needs. So "best" for you may be entirely different than the "best" for another, and looking at technical data won't necessarily reveal the answer.

While most pickups are designed with the intent of sounding like "your bass, only louder," we all know that their success can be hit or miss. And "where it is" on the bass is every bit as important as "who made it." We've tried -- and gigged, at one point or another -- pretty much every pickup we sell, usually on a selection of basses. We do our best to describe each pickup in real words, and we invite you to email or call us with specific questions... we can answer them. We even include our own helpful hints and installation tips with every pickup we sell -- from getting the best sound, to avoiding feedback, and more.

Also be sure to check out our FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) about pickups and preamplifiers for an even better understanding of how to put your best sound out there.

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Fishman BP-100 Upright Bass Pickup
Fishman BP-100 Upright Bass Pickup
Back when dark and tubby bass ruled the world, along came the BP-100 from Fishman. While not perfect for every player (if such a pickup existed, it would be the only one I carried) it opened our eyes to what bass could sound like: clear, full-bodied... not wimpy! The key to getting great sound with the BP-100 is using it with a buffering preamp, so I strongly recommend you have or get one; but it's very easy to install, and can be on and off the bass in a minute or so with no tools.
$169.95
Krivo Humbucking Magnetic Upright Bass Pickup (new smaller model, includes free Jack Mount)
Krivo Humbucking Magnetic Upright Bass Pickup (new smaller model, includes free Jack Mount)
This item is made in USA!The Krivo pickup is hand-made in Oregon. It's a specially-designed magnetic pickup in a (New for 2016 - SMALLER) wooden casing, which has been engineered to provide a more "acoustic-like" sound despite getting its input solely from the strings. For players in high-volume (Rockabilly?) situations, magnetic is the way to go to avoid feedback - and this quiet humbucker is the best option I've found. Its low-key looks and great sound really make magnetic pickups practical!
$189.00
Schaller Magnetic Upright Bass Pickup
Schaller Magnetic Upright Bass Pickup
If this isn't the classic magnetic upright bass pickup I don't know what is! Single coil, shiny deco look... yep, it's the Schaller magnetic pickup. Mounts to the end of the fingerboard using two tiny wood screws, and features a volume knob. Adjustable polepieces, too!
$139.00
Bass Master Rockabilly Upgrade System
Bass Master Rockabilly Upgrade System
So, you already have a single pickup on your bass (or want something specific, like a magnetic pickup), but wish to add a blend-able Rockabilly "Clicky" pickup to your setup for that killer slap tone? No worries -- at Mark's request, K&K now provides everything you need, in one package! The Bass Master Rockabilly Upgrade kit provides you with the clicky pickup, two-channel preamp, and a plug to integrate your pickup. Clean, smart, and ready-to-go!
$196.00
K&K Sound Rockabilly Fingerboard 'Clicky' Transducer (Pickup) for Upright Bass
K&K Sound Rockabilly Fingerboard 'Clicky' Transducer (Pickup) for Upright Bass
This item is made in USA!For that rockabilly sound, you want to be able to capture a distinct "click," -- and for that part of your sound, here's your pickup. Your fingerboard slap is distinctly delivered by a purpose-built transducer, designed to be taped to the back side of your fingerboard near the top neck joint. Note: this pickup does not provide appreciable output of your "bass" sound; it's designed to give you the percussive elements of the thump and click against the fingerboard.
$65.00
Schatten Design RB-1 and RB-1A Player Upright Bass Pickups
Schatten Design RB-1 and RB-1A Player Upright Bass Pickups
The RB-1 Bass Pickup from Schatten Design is similar in concept to other popular "wing-mount" options, and does a good job -- at a lower price point than most. It is also available with or without a small on-board preamp, which can provide gain and buffering for the best interfacing with your other stage gear, and is compact and easy to use.
Choices starting at $89.95
Schatten Design RB-2 and RB-2A Rockabilly Upright Bass Pickups
Schatten Design RB-2 and RB-2A Rockabilly Upright Bass Pickups
The RB-2 Bass Pickup is Schatten's take on the Rockabilly Setups offered by several manufacturers; with a main bridge pickup and a clicky pickup for the back for the fingerboard, it does a very good job at a nice price. You can get it with or without the on-board preamp, which is tiny -- but effective.
Choices starting at $159.95
David Gage Realist SoundClip Upright Bass Pickup
David Gage Realist SoundClip Upright Bass Pickup
This item is made in USA!A traveling bassist's dream, the David Gage Realist SoundClip can help bring your sound to each and every bass you play. The unique transport-ability and high quality, variable sound makes it a must-have if you have to borrow or rent basses while on tour. The ability to quickly clamp it on most any bass without modification makes it almost one-of-a-kind. Solid, durable, and dependable, it even comes with its own mini carrying case. Don't leave town without it.
$399.99
Individual Components for the K&K Sound Bass Master Rockabilly System
Individual Components for the K&K Sound Bass Master Rockabilly System
This item is made in USA!For the ultimate "everything's included" Rockabilly Pickup set, check out the Bass Master Rockabilly Plus main page; if you already have a bass pickup that you prefer, each piece is also available separately for your convenience.
Choices starting at $10.00
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