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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    Digital Audio Wireless System - Model U2

    X-VIVE

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    Gollihur Music amp/gig bag for small amplifiers and accessories.

    Small Gig Bag for Amp Heads, Accessories (Grey)

    Gollihur Music

    Special Price: $24.95
    Regular Price $29.95
    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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  • Padded Cover for Acoustic Array Pro Combo (and Gollihur Series)

    Padded Cover for Acoustic Array Pro Combo (and Gollihur Series)

    Genzler Amplification

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    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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    CLARUS SL-2 - 2-channel instrument amplifier, front

    CLARUS SL-2 - 2-channel instrument amplifier

    Acoustic Image

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    Acoustic Image is at it again! Building on the success of the Clarus and Clarus SL, now they have the most compact, two-channel amplifier head yet!The Clarus amp has been a longtime favorite among bassists, jazz and acoustic guitarists, and many other...
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    Carry Bag Case for Clarus Heads (and removable combo heads)

    Acoustic Image

    Our Low Price: $35.00
    The same "Original Equipment" Padded Case that is included with the Series III and Series 4 Clarus and Clarus+ amps. It can also be used for the removable ("Cabrio") head units from the Coda+, Corus+ and Ten2 combos!This is a pro quality, nicely padded...
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    Red-Eye Instrument Preamplifier

    Fire-Eye

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    The Red-Eye preamp can be a simple, and very effective, solution for getting pure sound with high-impedance piezoelectric pickups -- you know, the kind very commonly found on upright basses (as well as many electric uprights). In fact, they are...
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    iAMP Classic (1200) Musical Instrument Amplifier, tone controls front/back

    iAMP Classic (1200) Musical Instrument Amplifier

    Euphonic Audio

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    The beast is back!The new iAMP Classic starts with the time-tested, wonderfully flexible iAMP front end - and updates it with a truly formidable power section. The intuitive, flexible EQ section has been a key ingredient in the personal sound of many...
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  • Mixpro Dual-Channel Belt-pack Preamp

    Mixpro Dual-Channel Belt-pack Preamp

    LR Baggs

    Our Low Price: $159.00
    The MixPro Dual-Channel Preamp is a tiny, belt-pack style acoustic preamplifier that packs a lot of features in a lightweight and compact package. In addition to its passive* bass and treble controls, it has a tool many bass players find a...
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