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.

  • img:7daysm.png
    SB106 Ultra-Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier, front

    SB106 Ultra-Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $489.00
    The Traynor Small Block combos and heads have been a welcome addition to our lineup; with clean, transparent sound, smart features, and quality construction (in North America!) - all at a reasonable price point - they're pretty tough to beat. The SB110...
    Not Eligible for Free Shipping:
    Due to special competitive pricing, this item does not qualify for free shipping.
    Our Low Price: $489.00
  • img:7daysm.png
    SB112 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier (1x12, 200w), front

    SB112 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier (1x12, 200w)

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $499.00
    With the Small Block Series from Traynor, we believe we've found a great new option. This offering is a big step up (and only a little more money) than the old favorite TB100 amp, which was a larger, heavier model with a 15" speaker that sounded quite...
    Not Eligible for Free Shipping:
    Due to special competitive pricing, this item does not qualify for free shipping.
    Our Low Price: $499.00
  • img:7daysm.png
    Small Block Lightweight Bass Amplifier Heads (SB200H, SB500H), 200H head

    Small Block Lightweight Bass Amplifier Heads (SB200H, SB500H)

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $339.00
    We're already big fans of the Traynor Small Block amps - the 10" and 12" combos have become best-sellers, due to their light weight, great sound, and reasonable price. As you may have read on our site, the gear we sell has to pass the "Mark Test" -...
    Not Eligible for Free Shipping:
    Due to special competitive pricing, this item does not qualify for free shipping.
    Our Low Price: $339.00
  • img:7daysm.png
    SB110 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier, front

    SB110 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $489.00
    Knowing how well the original Traynor amps had worked, we figured we'd start with the smallest option -- and got them to send us the 1x10 SB110 you see here. As soon as we (Christopher and Mark) plugged in and turned on, we were very pleasantly surprised...
    Not Eligible for Free Shipping:
    Due to special competitive pricing, this item does not qualify for free shipping.
    Our Low Price: $489.00