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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.

  • AC Adaptor for Compact K&K Preamps, full kit

    AC Adaptor for Compact K&K Preamps

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $40.00
    We've had many requests for AC adaptors for the 9 volt battery K&K preamps, and are very happy to announce that K&K Sound has begun producing one. Using an off-the-shelf AC adaptor can be problematic as few have sufficient noise filtering, so you...
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  • NUX C-5RC Wireless System - main image

    Wireless Instrument System - C-5RC 5.8 GHz with included Charging Case

    NU-X

    Our Low Price: $159.00
    Going wireless with an upright bass is becoming more and more popular. Maybe you're one of those crazy rockabilly guys who moves around a lot, or spins their bass for show. Or maybe you're doing a stage show, where a bass needs to get on and off stage...
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    Active Pickups? Preamp?:
    Please take note of the section about compatibility with TRS output jacks, below, before ordering.
    Our Low Price: $159.00
  • Instrument Cable: 1 Foot cable with dual right angle ¼ (mono or TRS/stereo)

    Instrument Cable: 1 Foot cable with dual right angle ¼ (mono or TRS/stereo)

    Various

    Our Low Price: $5.00
    We stock this high-quality, 12 Inch INSTRUMENT CABLE with two 90 degree ¼ inch connectors specially for players who want to mount their preamp on their bass. The 12 Inch INSTRUMENT CABLE with two 90 degree ¼ inch mono connectors is for a...
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  • Padded Cover for Acoustic Array Pro Combo (and Gollihur Series)

    Padded Cover for Acoustic Array Pro Combo (and Gollihur Series)

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $99.99
    This is a premium padded cover offering a tailored fit for the Acoustic Array PRO combo, which also includes the Gollihur Series upright bass combo. Made from heavy-duty, water-resistant vinyl material this cover offers 3 layers of protection with a...
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  • PZ-Pro 2-channel Preamplifier by Radial Engineering, top view

    PZ-Pro 2-channel Preamplifier

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $639.99
    This is the newest, and for some, the most useful version of the "PZ" lineup from Radial Engineering. We've been carrying the PZ-Pre at Gollihur Music for years - it's a really solid, excellent two-channel preamp that allows for blending or instrument...
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    Our Low Price: $639.99
  • Gollihur Music Accessory Gig Bag for Small Items, main shot

    Small Accessory Gig Bag - Carrying Case (Black)

    Gollihur Music

    Our Low Price: $14.00
    Ever get to the gig, and suddenly need your clip-on tuner, or spare batteries, or a roll of electrical tape, or your mini flashlight... or one of about a million other tiny necessities that easily get buried at the bottom of your big backpack or duffel...
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    Magellan Amp Heads, MG 800

    Magellan Amp Heads

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $649.99
    The new Magellan 800 and Magellan 350 amplifier heads keep all the things we liked about the "old" stuff -- and some rockin' new features. This lightweight -- only 3.5 lbs for the 350 and 6.25 lbs for its bigger brother -- amp can punch out lots of sound...
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    Wizzy Driver for Wizzy 10 cabinet by Euphonic Audio, top

    Replacement Speaker Driver for EA Wizzy 10

    Euphonic Audio

    Special Price: $197.00
    Regular Price $231.08
    These are direct replacement speakers, custom-made by Eminence, for the Euphonic Audio Wizzy 10 (and the special edition Wizzy 410) speaker cabinets. They were obtained directly from EA's warehouse and exist only in a limited quantity. Once these are...
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    Special Price: $197.00
    Regular Price $231.08
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    SB110 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier, front

    SB110 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $669.00
    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...
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    Small Block Lightweight Bass Amplifier Heads (SB200H, SB500H), 200H head

    Small Block Lightweight Bass Amplifier Heads (SB200H, SB500H)

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $389.00
    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" -...
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    Our Low Price: $389.00
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    Replacement Speaker Drivers for Acoustic Image Combos/Speaker Cabs

    Replacement Speaker Drivers for Acoustic Image Combos/Speaker Cabs

    Acoustic Image

    Special Price: $175.00
    Regular Price $231.08
    Are you looking for a replacement 5" driver for the Doubleshot cabinet? We don't have them here, but a very good replacement can be found at Simply Speakers - model M-307. Be sure to re-use the plastic back seal, and use foil tape to get a good...
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    Special Price: $175.00
    Regular Price $231.08
  • BigShot i/o Deluxe A/B Switch

    BigShot i/o Deluxe A/B Switch

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $129.99
    From the excellence of Radial Engineering, we have another device for doublers who don't require the sophistication of a true piezo-buffering preamp. This is the newest version of the BigShot i/o.It's a heavy duty footswitch that allows you to switch...
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    Our Low Price: $129.99