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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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    PJB Bass Cub Pro combo amplifier - front view, black

    Bass Cub Pro Combo Amplifier

    PJB (Phil Jones Bass)

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    Acoustic Image

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    StageBug SB-4 Ultra-Compact Active DI for Piezo Pickups

    Radial Engineering

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    If you - like me - don't like dragging a lot of extra gear to the gig, this little guy might just be your new best friend. The new Radial StageBug SB4 is an Active Direct Box which is designed for use with Piezo Pickups. If you're not familiar, a direct...
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    ALiX - One Channel Preamp

    Grace Design

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    Bass Array Magellan 350/BA 10 1x10 Small Combo, head and cab

    Bass Array Magellan 350/BA 10 1x10 Small Combo SERIES 2

    Genzler Amplification

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    Replacement or Upgrade Power Cable for most common amplifiers (IEC C13)

    Trusted Gollihur Music Partner

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    What more can I say? This is your regular, common power cable. You probably have a bunch of them around the house, but you can never find one when you need it. We have a handful of them here, as they are commonly used with amplifiers (like Acoustic...
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    SignalFlex

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    EDB-2 VAP Valve (Tube) 2-channel Preamplifier

    Headway

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    EDM-1 H.E. 1 Channel Preamplifier

    Headway

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    Genzler Nu Classic 112T Speaker Cabinet, next to upright bass

    Nu Classic 112T Speaker Cabinet (1x12)

    Genzler Amplification

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    PZ-DI - Piezo-Optimized Direct Box

    Radial Engineering

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    ToneBone PZ Deluxe 1 Channel Preamplifier

    Radial Engineering

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