Amplifiers and Preamps

Amplifiers and Preamps

Amplifiers and Preamps

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So, it stands to reason: if you are going to amplify your bass, you're going to need an amplifier. (Duh.) We have carefully chosen a selection of quality amplifiers that all work well with upright basses and their pickups. And if you double -- meaning that you play gigs on both upright and electric bass -- we have amps that work well for that too. Regardless of your need, we will gladly help you navigate through the hype, so you can choose the amp that works best for your situation.

From a relatively inexpensive, simple combo -- to high-end, boutique amps and speakers with truly transparent sound and ultra-compact footprints -- we're sure to have something that will fit your needs (and your budget.) And our product descriptions are our own; we own and use several of these amps ourselves, and we've put all of them through their paces. We're a stocking dealer, and we know our product well. So if you have questions, email or call us and we'll give you the answers.

If you already have an amp, a Preamp Can Often Make "Good" Sound "Great!"

Could adding a preamplifier to your pickup and amp provide an improvement to your sound and/or setup? If you've got a couple of minutes, check out our detailed FAQ on the subject. But here's the shorthand -- some common reasons you might consider using a preamp:

  • the input impedance specification of your amplifier is under 1 megohm
  • there are features available from the preamp that are not on your amp, that can enhance or help with problems
  • you want/need a convenient volume control (and tone controls?) close to you, for when your amplifier is not at your feet
  • your pickup's output is very low, so you need a preamp to increase its signal level to better match your amplifier
  • you want to blend multiple pickups, or a pickup and mic, etc.
  • you need a good DI interface to send a feed to the soundman

So, which one do you choose? We've got lots of them, from tiny belt-clippable units to large table-top models -- and from stripped down simple units to ones which have more "bells and whistles" than a firetruck. So it largely depends on the features you want or need, and the format that you will find convenient.

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    DoubleShot Speaker Cabinet (and combos) DoubleShot Speaker Cabinet (and combos)

    DoubleShot Speaker Cabinet (and combos)

    Acoustic Image

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    It's the DoubleShot cabinet from Acoustic Image!The DoubleShot is available as an extension speaker to use with an amp you already have, as well as a full "combo" setup, coupled with one of the three different Acoustic Image Clarus SL head options. We'll...
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    Digital Audio Wireless System - Model U2

    X-VIVE

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    For years I've taken occasional calls from a player who is looking to take their double bass wireless. Maybe they're one of those crazy rockabilly guys who moves around a lot, or spins their bass for show. Or maybe they're doing a stage show, where a...
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  • Pure Preamp Pure Preamp

    Pure Preamp

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $99.00
    Pure PreampDesigned as an all-purpose preamp for piezo and magnetic pickups, it can be used for many pre-amplification purposes. The specially designed EQ has a super-wide band midrange control centered at 1.5 kHz plus bass (100hz) and treble (10kHz)...
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    1/4 inch to Speakon Speaker Cable

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $12.50
    Features one straight ¼" plug and one Speakon connector. This custom, American-made cable is ideal for medium powered amps, such as the Acoustic Image, Euphonic Audio, and Genzler Amplification amps we carry - to connect from the amplifier to a...
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    Gollihur Music

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    The newest version of our popular amp/gig bag is here! This one might just be our best yet. With very flexible design and good looks, it is a very handy, well-designed piece of kit. The bag features an outer nylon (similar to Cordura-brand) layer that is...
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    Gollihur Series Bass Acoustic Array Pro Amplification (Exclusive) Gollihur Series Bass Acoustic Array Pro Amplification (Exclusive)

    Gollihur Series Bass Acoustic Array Pro Amplification (Exclusive)

    Genzler Amplification

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    This new "Gollihur Series" Acoustic Array Pro, made specifically for bassists, has truly transparent sound, with the same "width" of stage coverage as the regular Bass Array cabinets. And that's as expected, since that's basically what it's packing under...
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  • Instrument Cable: 1/4 inch ends (1 right angle) Instrument Cable: 1/4 inch ends (1 right angle)

    Instrument Cable: 1/4 inch ends (1 right angle)

    CBI

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    Features one straight, and one 90 degree ¼ inch connector. Cables are black using top quality Belden cable and brand-name connectors are used, assembled in the US by CBI. This cable ideal for either plugging the angled plug into a string-mounted...
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    CBI

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    This high quality speaker cable is ideal for high powered instrument amps, such as the Acoustic Image, Euphonic Audio, and Genzler amps (among others) to connect from the amplifier to a speaker, where both the amp and speaker feature a Speakon connector...
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    Carry Bag Case for Clarus Heads (and removable combo heads)

    Acoustic Image

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    The same "Original Equipment" Padded Case that is included with the Series III and Series 4 Clarus and Clarus+ amps. It can also be used for the removable ("Cabrio") head units from the Coda+, Corus+ and Ten2 combos!This is a pro quality, nicely padded...
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    Doubler Mark II Bass Amplifier Doubler Mark II Bass Amplifier

    Doubler Mark II Bass Amplifier

    Euphonic Audio

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    The Doubler Amp, from Euphonic Audio (EA), has been a great product for many years -- so great, that it's the amp I personally use in my own rig for both electric and upright bass. Small, lightweight, and powerful, it is capable of very...
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  • Gigpro Single-Channel Belt-pack Preamp Gigpro Single-Channel Belt-pack Preamp

    Gigpro Single-Channel Belt-pack Preamp

    LR Baggs

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    The GigPro Single-Channel Preamp is a tiny, belt-pack style acoustic preamplifier that packs a lot of features in a lightweight and pretty compact package. In addition to its passive* bass and treble controls, it has a tool many bass players...
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    Accessory Gig Bag Backpack/Shoulder Bag - Carrying Case (Black)

    Gollihur Music

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    I've carried gig bags for years, and I don't mean instrument gig bags — I mean the kind that carries all my crap... errrr, accessories and emergency needs. As it grew over time I finally broke it down into two: my regular Stage Gig Bag and my...
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