Amplifiers and Preamps

Amplifiers and Preamps

Grouping of several amplifiers for upright bassBe Heard.

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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    Gollihur Series Bass Acoustic Array Pro Amplification (Exclusive), combo amp

    Gollihur Series Bass Acoustic Array Pro Amplification (Exclusive)

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $1,099.00
    This new "Gollihur Series" Acoustic Array Pro, made specifically for bassists, has truly transparent sound, with the same "width" of stage coverage as the regular Bass Array cabinets. And that's as expected, since that's basically what it's packing under...
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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: $79.95
    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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    Bass Array Speaker Cabinets, bass array cabs

    Bass Array Speaker Cabinets

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $649.99
    Wow, these Bass Array cabinets are really something special. You may have heard of some other companies using line-array technology to create a wide soundstage in a portable, column format. Many people swear by those rigs, including upright bassists, as...
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  • COVERS/BAGS for Genzler Amps and Speaker Cabinets, 12-3 cover

    COVERS/BAGS for Genzler Amps and Speaker Cabinets

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $79.00
    We've got the stellar Bass Array cabinets from Genzler Amplification, and we've also got the very nice padded covers and bags that are custom-made just for them. You can order them here! Heavy-Duty, Padded Cover for BA12-3 Cabinet (1x12)This is a premium...
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    Magellan Amp Heads, MG 800

    Magellan Amp Heads

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $499.00
    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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    Bass Array Magellan 350/BA 10 1x10 Small Combo, head and cab

    Bass Array Magellan 350/BA 10 1x10 Small Combo

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $1,049.00
    When we first got a chance to hear this little combo, we were blown away, and wanted to blab to everyone - but were sworn to secrecy. Now that the cat's out of the bag, we're excited to tell you more about this new combo. We also sell the head and...
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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: $1,259.99
    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 Nu Classic 112T Speaker Cabinet, next to upright bass

    Nu Classic 112T Speaker Cabinet (1x12)

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $599.99
    The Nu-Classic line of speaker cabinets was announced in April 2021, and it provides a new option in amplification for double-bassists and electric bassists alike. While many bassists favor the "MBOL" (My Bass, Only Louder) approach to amplification,...
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