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.

  • Dual Channel Pro Instrument Preamplifier

    Dual Channel Pro Instrument Preamplifier

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $149.00
    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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  • FELiX2 Two Channel Blending Preamp from Grace Design, silver model top view

    FELiX2 - Two Channel Blending Preamp (New for 2021)

    Grace Design

    Our Low Price: $1,075.00
    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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    Doubler Mark II Bass Amplifier, front

    Doubler Mark II Bass Amplifier

    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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  • 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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    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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  • Microphone Cable (XLR), 20 foot long, black

    Microphone Cable (XLR), 20 foot long

    Kirlin or Equivalent

    Our Low Price: $16.50
    This standard 20-foot mic cable is nicely flexible - and well-made! It's an affordable, and trouble-free, Microphone Cable. Includes a manufacturer's guarantee against defect.Uses for the Upright Bassist: Connecting your bass microphone to your...
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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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  • AC Adaptor for Compact K&K Preamps, full kit

    AC Adaptor for Compact K&K Preamps

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $36.00
    We've had many requests for AC adaptors for the 9 volt battery K&K preamps, and are very happy to announce that K&K Sound has begun producing one. Using an off-the-shelf AC adaptor can be problematic as few have sufficient noise filtering, so you...
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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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  • 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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  • 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: $70.00
    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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    Wizzy 12 and MLINE Speaker Cabinets, Mline

    Wizzy 12 and MLINE Speaker Cabinets

    Euphonic Audio

    Our Low Price: $629.00
    You will love the light weight of The Wizzy line. The Wizzy's design incorporates a custom Euphonic Audio twelve-inch driver with a whizzer cone to handle the higher frequencies. I experienced my first Wizzy cabinet here in January 2003 and was very...
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