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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    DoubleShot Speaker Cabinet (and combos), doubleswhot size

    DoubleShot Speaker Cabinet (and combos)

    Acoustic Image

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  • EDB 2 H.E. 2-channel Preamplifier by Headway, 3/4 view

    EDB 2 H.E. 2-channel Preamplifier

    Headway

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    Newly updated version of the EDB-2 Preamp! This preamp is a real problem-solver - a good, relatively affordable option for blending a mic and a preamp. Certainly, we have a couple really nice preamps to do that, but if you can't or won't justify...
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  • Pure Preamp

    Pure Preamp

    K and K Sound

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    Pure PreampDesigned as an all-purpose preamp for piezo and magnetic pickups, it can be used for many pre-amplification purposes. The specially designed EQ has a super-wide band midrange control centered at 1.5 kHz plus bass (100hz) and treble (10kHz)...
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  • Instrument Cable: 1/4 inch ends (1 right angle), connectors

    Instrument Cable: 1/4 inch ends (1 right angle)

    CBI

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    Features one straight, and one 90 degree ¼ inch connector. Cables are black using top quality Belden cable and brand-name connectors are used, assembled in the US by CBI. This cable ideal for either plugging the angled plug into a string-mounted...
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    Speakon to Speakon Speaker Cable

    CBI

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    This high quality speaker cable is ideal for high powered instrument amps, such as the Acoustic Image, Euphonic Audio, and Genzler amps (among others) to connect from the amplifier to a speaker, where both the amp and speaker feature a Speakon connector...
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    Digital Audio Wireless System - Model U2

    X-VIVE

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    For years I've taken occasional calls from a player who is looking to take their double bass wireless. Maybe they're one of those crazy rockabilly guys who moves around a lot, or spins their bass for show. Or maybe they're doing a stage show, where a...
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  • Preamp Mounting Kits for small K&K Preamps

    Preamp Mounting Kits for small K&K Preamps

    Gollihur Music

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    Get a kit which contains everything you need to mount your compact K&K, Schatten, LR Baggs, or other small beltpack preamp to your tailpiece - without any modifications to your valuable instrument! Having the preamp mounted to the bass makes setup a...
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    Gollihur Music

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    The newest version of our popular amp/gig bag is here! This one might just be our best yet. With very flexible design and good looks, it is a very handy, well-designed piece of kit. The bag features an outer nylon (similar to Cordura-brand) layer that is...
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    110v AC Adaptor for Fishman Platinum Preamps

    Fishman

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    Fishman Regulated AC Adaptor (USA), for use with the Pro EQ Platinum series of preamplifiers. 110V AC to 9V DC, center negative, DC 200ma power supply. The power supply is suitable for users in countries featuring 110-120 volt service, to power any...
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    CLARUS SL and SL-R instrument amplifier, amp comparison

    CLARUS SL and SL-R instrument amplifier

    Acoustic Image

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    The Clarus amp has been a favorite among bassists, jazz and acoustic guitarists, and many other musicians for many years. I've long been a fan of its pristine, transparent sound. And it sure is easy to tote around!Over the years, there have been several...
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    FELiX2 Two Channel Blending Preamp from Grace Design, silver model top view

    FELiX2 - Two Channel Blending Preamp (New for 2021)

    Grace Design

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    The FELiX2 is the newly improved/updated version of the (already fantastic) original model. See below for the updated features if you're already familiar with the FELiX, or read on for the full story! If you're a home studio nerd (like I am) then you're...
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    Dual Channel Pro Instrument Preamplifier

    K and K Sound

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    Dual Channel PRO PreampTWO Channels on TWO MONO INPUTSDual Channel Pro features the same specs as the other K&K Preamps, but features two independently controlled channels to allow you to blend two pickups or other sources. With its 1 MegOhm input,...
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