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: $499.99
    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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  • BigShot i/o Deluxe A/B Switch

    BigShot i/o Deluxe A/B Switch

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $99.99
    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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  • ToneBone BassBone OD Dual Channel Preamp for Doublers

    ToneBone BassBone OD Dual Channel Preamp for Doublers

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $349.99
    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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  • PZ-DI - Piezo-Optimized Direct Box

    PZ-DI - Piezo-Optimized Direct Box

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $229.99
    Radial Engineering has long been known for extremely durable, reliable, great-sounding direct boxes. It's kind of "their thing." They've recently come out with a new model, which specifically addresses the needs of upright bassists like us - and it's...
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  • StageBug SB-4 Ultra-Compact Active DI for Piezo Pickups

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

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $79.99
    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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  • Tonebone AC Driver 1 Channel Preamplifier, preamp top

    Tonebone AC Driver 1 Channel Preamplifier

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $149.99
    No fuss, great sound, and bulletproof construction.Sometimes you like to keep things simple. If you're considering adding a preamp to your rig, but you're not the type of player who likes fussing around with more knobs and controls than the International...
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  • ToneBone PZ Deluxe 1 Channel Preamplifier

    ToneBone PZ Deluxe 1 Channel Preamplifier

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $249.99
    This Radial Tonebone PZ-Deluxe really impressed us. This powerful and flexible acoustic preamplifier is a great tool for both studio or stage, and it's safely packed inside one of Radial's usual rock solid floor pedals.Inside its small (5.75" x...
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  • ToneBone PZ Pre Dual Channel Preamplifier, preamp top

    ToneBone PZ Pre Dual Channel Preamplifier

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $299.99
    The Radial Tonebone PZ-Pre is a powerful and flexible acoustic preamplifier, built into a heavy-duty floor pedal unit. Obviously, at Gollihur Music we're primarily offering it as a two-channel preamp for use with upright bass, but it's...
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