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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.

  • 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
  • Replacement Fuses for Acoustic Image Instrument Amplifiers

    Replacement Fuses for Acoustic Image Instrument Amplifiers

    Various

    Our Low Price: $4.00
    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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    CLARUS - Series 4plus 2-Channel Amplifier

    CLARUS - Series 4plus 2-Channel Amplifier

    Acoustic Image

    Our Low Price: $979.00
    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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    Our Low Price: $979.00
  • Red-Eye Twin 2-channel Instrument Preamplifier by Fire-Eye, top view

    Red-Eye Twin 2-channel Instrument Preamplifier

    Fire-Eye

    Our Low Price: $295.00
    Note: All of our in-stock Red-Eye Twin preamps feature the newest revision, which is updated with the ground lift. A longtime customer turned me on to these preamps from Fire-Eye, a custom manufacturer of musical gear based in Texas. I was instantly...
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  • 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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    Magellan Amp Heads, MG 800

    Magellan Amp Heads

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $589.99
    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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    Our Low Price: $589.99
  • NUX C-5RC Wireless System - main image

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

    NUX

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

    CLARUS SL-2 - 2-channel instrument amplifier

    Acoustic Image

    Our Low Price: $749.00
    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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  • ToneBone BassBone OD Dual Channel Preamp for Doublers

    ToneBone BassBone OD Dual Channel Preamp for Doublers

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $459.99
    Tonebone Bassbone ODThe perfect tool for doublers!Often, we upright bassists find ourselves doubling on upright and electric basses on a single gig, and it's almost always a hassle. We have two completely different instruments that require different EQ...
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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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    Small Block Lightweight Bass Amplifier Heads (SB200H, SB500H), 200H head

    Small Block Lightweight Bass Amplifier Heads (SB200H, SB500H)

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $379.00
    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: $379.00
  • ToneDexter II Tone-Correcting Preamp - top angle view

    ToneDexter II Tone-Correcting Preamp

    Audio Sprockets

    Tonedexter II is coming soon! Audio Sprockets has announced that the new Tonedexter II should be available in Q1 of 2023! We'll post more information as we are made aware of it. Here's their announcement: Due to a worldwide shortage of computer chips...
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