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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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    Compact 2 Speaker Cabinet

    Compact 2 Speaker Cabinet

    PJB (Phil Jones Bass)

    Our Low Price: $379.99
    We were among the very first dealers to bring Phil Jones amps to the US market, and we've brought them back on board! I'll be updating the specs on this amp with my personal descriptions very soon. In the meantime, here's the information as provided by...
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    PJB BP-200 Amp Head, front panel

    BP-200 Amplifier Head

    PJB (Phil Jones Bass)

    Our Low Price: $375.00
    We were among the very first dealers to bring Phil Jones amps to the US market, and we've brought them back on board! I'll be updating the specs on this amp with my personal descriptions very soon. In the meantime, here's the information as provided by...
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    Our Low Price: $375.00
  • Magellan PRE Preamp/DI Pedal

    Magellan PRE Preamp/DI Pedal

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $299.99
    This new pedal preamp from Genzler is essentially the front-end from one of their outstanding Magellan amplifier heads, in a pedal format without the amp. Providing excellent tone-shaping and sonic control, it is capable of many useful sounds for both...
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  • Grace Design REX Preamp - alternate view

    REX Microphone Preamplifier for Stage and Studio

    Grace Design

    Our Low Price: $585.00
    The REX is the smaller of two high-performance Grace Design mic preamps in rugged pedal chassis, designed to inspire new creative possibilities for performing and recording musicians. Think bassists, horn players, singers, harmonica shredders, one-mic...
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    X4 Nanobass Multi-Instrument Combo Amp, top 3/4 view Black

    X4 Nanobass Multi-Instrument Combo Amp

    PJB (Phil Jones Bass)

    Our Low Price: $359.99
    We were among the very first dealers to bring Phil Jones amps to the US market, and we've brought them back on board! I'll be updating the specs on this amp with my personal descriptions very soon. In the meantime, here's the information as provided by...
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    Compact 4 (C4) cabinet - red and Black

    Compact 4 Speaker Cabinet

    PJB (Phil Jones Bass)

    Our Low Price: $579.99
    We were among the very first dealers to bring Phil Jones amps to the US market, and we've brought them back on board! I'll be updating the specs on this amp with my personal descriptions very soon. In the meantime, here's the information as provided by...
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    Fuchs FBS-300 Amplifier Head - with basses

    FBS Solid-State Bass Instrument Amp

    Fuchs Audio Technology

    Our Low Price: $924.00
    At Gollihur Music, when it comes to amplifying our upright basses, we've always preferred amps that have a transparent, hi-fi sound. We carry a lineup of amps in a few different price ranges, because our customer base varies in what they can (or want to)...
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    Our Low Price: $924.00
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    Magellan 350 MG12T-V Small Combo by Genzler Amplification, angle view

    Magellan 350 MG12T-V Small Combo

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $1,499.00
    This is the "High-Boy" combo from Genzler. It's got the 12" Magellan cabinet, which is highly compact but really puts the sound out there. I used one on an audition recently (with electric bass) and the thing just crushed it, easily keeping up with a...
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  • Genzler Amplification re/Q DUAL FUNCTION EQUALIZATION PEDAL

    re/Q Dual Function EQ Pedal

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $244.99
    Need better control over your tone, but don't need a full-function preamp? This pedal, the second product from the collaboration between Jeff Genzler and Andy Field, is a purpose-built EQ pedal with 5 full bands of equalization, and a low pass AND high...
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    Bass Array Speaker Cabinets, 12-3 and 12-3 SLT

    Bass Array Speaker Cabinets - Series 1 NEW/OLD STOCK

    Genzler Amplification

    Special Price: $999.00
    Regular Price $1,099.00
    With the release of the new Series 2 Bass Array cabinets in late May 2023, we have a wonderful opportunity to pick up our remaining stock of Bass Array Series 1 cabs at a very nice discount! Brand New in Box, fully warranteed, still an outstanding...
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  • Dee-Eye Instrument Preamplifier/DI by Fire-Eye, top view

    Dee-Eye Instrument Preamplifier/DI

    Fire-Eye

    Our Low Price: $175.00
    A simple, sonically superior DI for acoustic instrumentalists. When you're doing a studio session, or playing a gig where you just need to drop a DI line to the house, you can do one of two things: You can trust that the soundman has a suitable DI in...
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    Acoustic Pickup (EAP) Linear Microphone (for Upright Bass), preamp

    Ehrlund Mini Preamp with XLR output

    Ehrlund

    Special Price: $199.00
    Regular Price $349.00
    This preamp was designed to be used with the EAP pickup, and it features simple adjustments: a Volume Control, a "High/Low" Switch (Ehrlund recommends "low" for upright bass), and a Phase Switch for helping to reduce feedback or for switch phase to match...
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    Special Price: $199.00
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