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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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    Padded Carry Bag for Phil Jones Bass (PJB) Combos

    PJB (Phil Jones Bass)

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    1/4 inch to Speakon Speaker Cable - 5 feet

    CBI

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    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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  • Replacement Fuses for Acoustic Image Instrument Amplifiers

    Replacement Fuses for Acoustic Image Instrument Amplifiers

    Various

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    We stock some of the various fuses used in some of our more popular amplifiers. If you're looking for a replacement (or a spare, just in case) we have them here.Note that various amps use different amp ratings, and some use slow-blow or fast-blow models...
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  • Platinum Stage Analog Preamplifier, preamp top

    Platinum Stage Analog Preamplifier

    Fishman

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    The B-II Preamp has been a mainstay for many years, and the Pro-EQ II was a great performer for our thinner-stringed bandmates. But let's be honest, it was getting a little long in the tooth. And there are lots more options in the preamp game nowadays...
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    Gollihur Series Bass Acoustic Array Pro Amplification (Exclusive), combo amp

    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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    Fishman

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    Bass Array Speaker Cabinets, bass array cabs

    Bass Array Speaker Cabinets - SERIES 2

    Genzler Amplification

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  • Grace Design FELiX2 Two Channel Blending Preamplifier, both colors shown

    FELiX2 - Two Channel Blending Preamp

    Grace Design

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    Red-Eye Twin 2-channel Instrument Preamplifier

    Fire-Eye

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

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

    Traynor

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    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...
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    ToneDexter II Tone-Correcting Preamp

    Audio Sprockets

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    Tonedexter II is new and improved! The original Tonedexter was already great - but the newly released model (we got our first shipment in December of 2023) has more powerful features, a new color screen, and improvements to ease of use. However the...
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    Instrument Cable: TRS (Stereo) ¼ inch, 1 right angle

    CBI

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