Amplifiers and Preamps

Amplifiers and Preamps

Grouping of several amplifiers for upright bassBe Heard.

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), doubleswhot size

    DoubleShot Speaker Cabinet (and combos)

    Acoustic Image

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    CLARUS SL and SL-R instrument amplifier, amp comparison

    CLARUS SL and SL-R instrument amplifier

    Acoustic Image

    Our Low Price: $599.00
    The Clarus amp has been a favorite among bassists, jazz and acoustic guitarists, and many other musicians for many years. I've long been a fan of its pristine, transparent sound. And it sure is easy to tote around!Over the years, there have been several...
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    UpShot Speaker Cabinet and Combos, speaker

    UpShot Speaker Cabinet and Combos

    Acoustic Image

    Our Low Price: $399.00
    It's the UpShot cabinet from Acoustic Image!We've been partners with Acoustic Image since the beginning; we've been carrying their groundbreaking, well-engineered, and giggable products since the first generation of the Contra amp almost 2 decades ago...
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    CLARUS - Series 4plus 2-Channel Amplifier

    CLARUS - Series 4plus 2-Channel Amplifier

    Acoustic Image

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    The Clarus amplifier head can be matched with most any speaker cabinet, for use with a huge variety of instruments. Its clean, transparent sound is exceptional for bringing out the best in acoustic instruments like upright or acoustic-electric bass,...
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    Backpack for Acoustic Image UpShot Speaker Cabinet

    Acoustic Image

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  • Carry Bag Case for Clarus Heads (and removable combo heads)

    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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    CLARUS SL-2 - 2-channel instrument amplifier, front

    CLARUS SL-2 - 2-channel instrument amplifier

    Acoustic Image

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    Acoustic Image is at it again! Building on the success of the Clarus and Clarus SL, now they have the most compact, two-channel amplifier head yet!The Clarus amp has been a longtime favorite among bassists, jazz and acoustic guitarists, and many other...
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    Acoustic Image Coda New Generation speaker

    Coda Speaker Cabinet and Combos

    Acoustic Image

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    FLEX 2-Channel Preamplifier (Stand-mountable, Series 4+), preamp front

    FLEX 2-Channel Preamplifier (Stand-mountable, Series 4+)

    Acoustic Image

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    The mad scientists at Acoustic Image are at it again. Never content to rest on their past successes, Rick Jones and company are constantly looking for new, better, more efficient ways to help acoustic instrumentalists be heard in the best voice possible...
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