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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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Pickups: Making Sense of Your Many Choices (A 'Buyer's Guide')
Pickups: Making Sense of Your Many Choices (A 'Buyer's Guide')
Wow, there are lots of pickups to choose from. What do you get? Where do you even begin? HOW ABOUT HERE?
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David Gage Realist LifeLine Upright Bass Pickup
David Gage Realist LifeLine Upright Bass Pickup
This item is made in USA!The David Gage Realist Lifeline is the newest pickup in the Realist line, and with an open, full-bodied sound, could well be my favorite option for a bass that is equipped with an adjustable bridge. In fact, this is the pickup that is on my own bass! And we include the FREE BONUS Gollihur Music Jack Mount Kit, to simplify and improve the jack mounting on your tailpiece.
Choices starting at $229.99
K&K Sound Bass Max Upright Bass Pickup
K&K Sound Bass Max Upright Bass Pickup
This item is made in USA!The Bass Max is a compact, dual-transducer pickup unit that is wedged into the wing opening on the side of your bridge. It has a big sound, with plenty of gain, and is particularly feedback-resistant. Available in a package with a small preamplifier, or just get the pickup by itself and roll with it -- it's one of the friendliest, no-fuss pickups around.
Choices starting at $119.00
Kremona DB-1 Wood-Encased Upright Bass Pickup for Bridge Wing
Kremona DB-1 Wood-Encased Upright Bass Pickup for Bridge Wing
This new bridge wing pickup is the easiest wing pickup to install; no complicated fitment, no tools, no hassle (on almost every bass). And it has a warm, full-bodied sound. Excellent for the traveling bassist, or someone who needs to be able to quickly and easily remove the pickup.
$119.00
The BAND Upright Bass Pickup
The BAND Upright Bass Pickup
A unique design that works well, and is easily mounted on the bass for temporary or travel use, with no modifications or tools. Also makes an excellent "permanent" choice, because it sounds great!
$299.00
Shadow SH RB-PRO Rockabilly Pro Pickup/Preamp System
Shadow SH RB-PRO Rockabilly Pro Pickup/Preamp System
This new complete pickup/preamp package for Rockabilly features a dual-pickup system along with a very well-designed blending preamp. The system is designed specifically to get the sound that incorporates the distinct "click" that is so desirable for rockabilly slap playing; but it can also be used for gigs where a more conventional sound is needed. The preamp even incorporates a built-in tuner, among other very useful features. Easy to install, and the preamp even mounts directly to the tailpiece!
$319.99
K&K Sound Double Big Twin Upright Bass Pickup
K&K Sound Double Big Twin Upright Bass Pickup
This item is made in USA!The Double Big Twin was the pickup that brought Bob and K&K Sound together; its big, punchy, string-oriented sound can be just the ticket for modern jazz play. Do you favor a detailed tone with plenty of the fingerboard interaction that brings out "growl?" Here's your pickup. Easy to install, a preamp is strongly recommended for this pickup (and we offer a package deal to make it easy!)
Choices starting at $124.00
Fishman Full Circle Upright Bass Pickup
Fishman Full Circle Upright Bass Pickup
Installed by replacing the stock adjusters on your adjustable bridge, the Full Circle delivers a natural sound with a nice mix of body and string. It has often been described as "microphone-like," which might be a touch overstated, but I understand the description; it's got a good mix of fullness and openness that lends itself to a pretty natural sound. A longtime best-seller!
Choices starting at $229.95
David Gage Realist Pickup for Double Bass (Original and Wood Version)
David Gage Realist Pickup for Double Bass (Original and Wood Version)
This item is made in USA!The David Gage Realist pickup is a very popular choice, used by a number of top bassists for many years. It particularly excels on basses with resonant carved tops. It's well-known for its full, woody tone; it doesn't have a lot of high end response, due to it being against the bass top. Depending on your needs, this may be a very good thing. It's available in the newer "Woodtone" as well as the original "Copperhead" versions. INCLUDES FREE BONUS - Gollihur Jack Mount Kit...
Choices starting at $219.99
David Gage Realist Pickup WITH Docking Station SPECIAL PRICE!
David Gage Realist Pickup WITH Docking Station SPECIAL PRICE!
This item is made in USACombine the Realist Pickup with the Realist Docking Station and SAVE - special Discount Pricing when bought together!
Choices starting at $289.99
David Gage Realist Docking Station
David Gage Realist Docking Station
This item is made in USAThe Realist Docking Station is a tailpiece-mountable jack solution for those who:
a.) Don't like string-mounted jacks, and
b.) Would like to add a volume control on their bass.
Incredibly easy to install, it's fully compatible out of the box for the David Gage Realist and Lifeline, and can be used with most other pickups using a standard jack (those with string mounts may need to be modified).
$89.99
Ehrlund Acoustic Pickup (EAP) Linear Microphone (for Upright Bass)
Ehrlund Acoustic Pickup (EAP) Linear Microphone (for Upright Bass)
The EAP (Ehrlund Acoustic Pickup) is a specially designed "linear microphone" which attaches to your bass top, and produces an incredibly realistic, mic-like sound - but with the convenience (and feedback resistance) of a pickup. It truly is one of those things that you think is "too good to be true" -- until you try it. It's a complete system that includes a small battery-powered preamp. BONUS: We INCLUDE a free Gollihur "Jack Replacement Kit" to modify the output plug to a jack configuration.
Choices starting at $599.00
K&K Sound Bass Master Rockabilly PLUS Upright Bass Pickup System
K&K Sound Bass Master Rockabilly PLUS Upright Bass Pickup System
This item is made in USA!Bob developed this -- the original pickup system specifically designed for Rockabilly bassists -- over 15 years ago with the folks at K&K Sound. And it's still a best seller, being used by hundreds of players worldwide. This dual-pickup system gets "the sound" using two dedicated pickups - one for the bass tone, and one for the "slap" - and with the included two-channel blending preamp/EQ, you can truly custom-tailor your sound.
Choices starting at $299.00
K&K Sound Bass Master Pro Upright Bass Pickup System
K&K Sound Bass Master Pro Upright Bass Pickup System
This item is made in USA!For the ultimate in flexibility, use two pickups with distinctly different strengths, and then blend them to your liking. The Bass Master Pro Combo thusly combines the K&K Bass Max and Double Big Twin pickups, allowing you to separately EQ and then mix them using the included two-channel preamplifier. Analogy: kind of like the bridge pickup and neck pickup on a bass guitar. Yeah, it's kind of like that. Full package features everything you need to get rolling.
Choices starting at $339.00
Golden Trinity Microphone/Pickup COMBINATION Systems by K&K Sound
Golden Trinity Microphone/Pickup COMBINATION Systems by K&K Sound
Blend the realism of a mic with the direct sound and dependability of a pickup! The Golden Trinity Systems combine the Golden Bullet Condenser Mic with a Bass Max, Double Big Twin, or most any other pickup of your choice, using a small 2-channel blending preamp with individual EQ and gain controls. A full-featured, yet highly compact and uncomplicated system. You literally get the best of both worlds!
Choices starting at $256.00
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