Lots of journeyman (and woman) players have gotten to gigs and found that they need to mic the bass unexpectedly. The old Bluegrass trick is to slip a mic into a gym sock, and drop it behind the tailpiece against the body. Sure, it works (kind of), but it's not exactly hi-fi!
Ve Leen Music in Sweden has come up with a pair of simple brackets, called the "BassOnStage" - and they sell it (in Sweden) along with a gooseneck. You can order it from them direct. But they supply it with Euro mic threads; you'll need to get adapters to use it with mic clips in the USA. You'll also deal with international shipping, payments, etc.
Gollihur Music to the rescue! We've purchased a bunch of the custom brackets that they made up, and sourced other parts to complete the kit here in the USA. We even include a super-lightweight gooseneck and a quality mic clip. So you get a complete, expanded setup, shipped from the USA, with no shipment complications or surprises.
Here's how it works: You get a pair of specially-made brackets that mount to the the tailpiece. One mounts to the front, and one mounts to the back. (For most applications, you'll use either one or the other, not both at the same time.) The brackets have three threaded mounting points between them*, upon which you can screw on a microphone clip or a gooseneck. For a huge variety of mounting positions, you can mount the mic clip right to the clamp, or add on the included "Rubber-Neck" gooseneck to accommodate whatever type of mic'ing you would prefer. The most common mic positions are supported by this flexibility; under the fingerboard, off-axis near the soundhole, in front of the plucking hand, and more!
*Three mount points: the "back-mounted" bracket has two mounting points; one in the center, and one off to the high-string side. The front-mount bracket features a centered mount point for placing the mic above the bridge.
The bracket is mounted using black-topped, lightweight custom-manufactured low-profile bolts, with small, lightweight thumb-nuts for easy installation.
NEW FOR 2021:
We have replaced the heavier, potentially "creaky" metal gooseneck with a name-brand, Ac-cetera "Rubber-Neck" 10-inch gooseneck. With smooth low-gloss finish, solid construction, and incredibly light weight (only 40 grams!) it puts less weight onto your tailpiece (and into your gig bag) and provides a solid mount for your microphone.
The various photos in the array illustrate several (but nowhere near ALL) available mounting options, using the gooseneck, as well as direct-mounting the clip. Obviously, the gooseneck is firmly flexible and can be moved around to place the mic where you want it.
The unit is simple to use, reasonably lightweight*, and mounts easily with no tools or modification on typical "tulip" style straight tailpieces (like you'd commonly find on a Kay or Engelhardt, as the ones in the photos.) It is a less expensive alternative to a higher-tech unit like the H-Clamp (which we also sell) and a more reliable, less "hack" option than dropping a SM-57 in a sock and wedging it behind the tailpiece.
In our exclusive package, you get:
- Two custom-made brackets, which include custom mounting hardware and foam backing surface against the tailpiece to prevent vibration/noise/scratches
- A thread adapter to adapt the threads on the bracket to US-spec
- A Rubber-Neck (by Ac-cetera) 10" black gooseneck
- A quality, black mic clip, compatible with most SM57-SM58 style microphones (as shown in photos above) - you can also use the mic clip that came with your microphone, if applicable
- A zippered carry pouch for the smaller components
The gooseneck and the adapter use a standard 5/8" BSW mic stand thread, so you may use most any common mic clip/cradle/holder, as needed for your application.
* Weight of components:
- Rear Bracket: 1.8oz
- Front Bracket: 1.2oz
- Mounting Bolts (pair): 1.1oz
- Thread Adapter: 0.4oz
- Gooseneck: 1.4oz