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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    UpShot Speaker Cabinet and Combos, speaker

    UpShot Speaker Cabinet and Combos

    Acoustic Image

    Our Low Price: $399.00
    It's the UpShot cabinet from Acoustic Image!We've been partners with Acoustic Image since the beginning; we've been carrying their groundbreaking, well-engineered, and giggable products since the first generation of the Contra amp almost 2 decades ago...
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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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  • Platinum Pro-EQ Analog Preamplifier with Tuner, Boost, preamp top

    Platinum Pro-EQ Analog Preamplifier with Tuner, Boost

    Fishman

    Our Low Price: $319.95
    For many years, Fishman's Pro-EQ Platinum Preamps have been very solid, feature-laden performers for upright bassists and other acoustic instrumentalists. Bob himself has used (and often recommended!) a Pro-EQ Platinum Bass for quite some time. And the...
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  • Platinum Stage Analog Preamplifier, preamp top

    Platinum Stage Analog Preamplifier

    Fishman

    Our Low Price: $169.95
    The B-II Preamp has been a mainstay for many years, and the Pro-EQ II was a great performer for our thinner-stringed bandmates. But let's be honest, it was getting a little long in the tooth. And there are lots more options in the preamp game nowadays...
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  • 1/4 inch to Speakon Speaker Cable

    1/4 inch to Speakon Speaker Cable

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $12.50
    Features one straight ¼" plug and one Speakon connector. This custom, American-made cable is ideal for medium powered amps, such as the Acoustic Image, Euphonic Audio, and Genzler Amplification amps we carry - to connect from the amplifier to a...
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    Doubler Mark II Bass Amplifier, front

    Doubler Bass Amplifier (Mark II Updated Version)

    Euphonic Audio

    Our Low Price: $895.00
    The Doubler Amp, from Euphonic Audio (EA), has been a great product for many years -- so great, that it's the amp I personally use in my own rig for both electric and upright bass. Small, lightweight, and powerful, it is capable of very...
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  • PZ-Pro 2-channel Preamplifier by Radial Engineering, top view

    PZ-Pro 2-channel Preamplifier

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $549.99
    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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    CLARUS - Series 4plus 2-Channel Amplifier

    CLARUS - Series 4plus 2-Channel Amplifier

    Acoustic Image

    Our Low Price: $979.00
    The Clarus amplifier head can be matched with most any speaker cabinet, for use with a huge variety of instruments. Its clean, transparent sound is exceptional for bringing out the best in acoustic instruments like upright or acoustic-electric bass,...
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  • Gigpro Single-Channel Belt-pack Preamp

    Gigpro Single-Channel Belt-pack Preamp

    LR Baggs

    Our Low Price: $99.00
    The GigPro Single-Channel Preamp is a tiny, belt-pack style acoustic preamplifier that packs a lot of features in a lightweight and pretty compact package. In addition to its passive* bass and treble controls, it has a tool many bass players...
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    SB112 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier (1x12, 200w), front

    SB112 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier (1x12, 200w)

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $499.00
    With the Small Block Series from Traynor, we believe we've found a great new option. This offering is a big step up (and only a little more money) than the old favorite TB100 amp, which was a larger, heavier model with a 15" speaker that sounded quite...
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  • Specialty Cable: 15 foot Dual-Channel Microphone/Pickup Cable (XLR and 1/4)

    Specialty Cable: 15 foot Dual-Channel Microphone/Pickup Cable (XLR and 1/4)

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $41.50
    We've often spoken to people about mixing signals from a microphone with a pickup; the microphone adds realism and "air" to the sound, while the pickup provides a firm, full foundation to the sound. It's a common enough setup that we have special...
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