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.

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

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

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $15.00
    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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  • Speakon to Speakon Speaker Cable

    Speakon to Speakon Speaker Cable

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $18.50
    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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  • 1/4 inch to Speakon Speaker Cable

    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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  • Specialty Cable: 15 foot Dual-Channel Microphone/Pickup Cable (XLR and 1/4)

    Specialty Cable: 15 foot Dual-Channel Microphone/Pickup Cable (XLR and 1/4)

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $41.50
    We've often spoken to people about mixing signals from a microphone with a pickup; the microphone adds realism and "air" to the sound, while the pickup provides a firm, full foundation to the sound. It's a common enough setup that we have special...
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  • Specialty Cable: 1 foot effects loop 'Y' cable (insert cable)

    Specialty Cable: 1 foot effects loop 'Y' cable (insert cable)

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $14.00
    This handy 1 Foot "insert" cable is perfect for use with the Radial Tonebone BassBone dual-channel preamp; used to access its switchable effects loop. It has a TRS (Tip/Ring/Sleeve, aka "stereo") 1/4" plug on one end, which splits out to a pair of mono...
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  • Instrument Cable: TRS (Stereo) ¼ inch, 1 right angle

    Instrument Cable: TRS (Stereo) ¼ inch, 1 right angle

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $22.00
    Features one straight, and one 90 degree ¼ inch connector. Both connectors are TRS (aka stereo, 3 conductor). Available in two lengths, 8 foot and 15 foot. Designed for use with two channel systems, such the Bass Master Pro, Rockabilly, and Golden...
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