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.

  • Red-Eye Twin 2-channel Instrument Preamplifier by Fire-Eye, top view

    Red-Eye Twin 2-channel Instrument Preamplifier

    Fire-Eye

    Our Low Price: $295.00
    A longtime customer turned me on to these preamps from Fire-Eye, a custom manufacturer of musical gear based in Texas. I was instantly interested when I read about their design and build ethic on their website, and quickly got some in to check them out...
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    Wizzy 10 Speaker Cabinet, vertical

    Wizzy 10 Speaker Cabinet

    Euphonic Audio

    Our Low Price: $599.00
    The Wizzy 10's advanced design incorporates a custom Euphonic Audio ten-inch driver with a whizzer cone to handle the higher frequencies. We experienced my first EA Wizzy 12 cabinet here in January 2003 and was very pleased to find out how defined the...
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    iAMP Classic (1200) Musical Instrument Amplifier, tone controls front/back

    iAMP Classic (1200) Musical Instrument Amplifier

    Euphonic Audio

    Our Low Price: $1,295.00
    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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    SB106 Ultra-Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier, front

    SB106 Ultra-Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $489.00
    The Traynor Small Block combos and heads have been a welcome addition to our lineup; with clean, transparent sound, smart features, and quality construction (in North America!) - all at a reasonable price point - they're pretty tough to beat. The SB110...
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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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  • 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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  • Replacement Fuses for Acoustic Image Instrument Amplifiers

    Replacement Fuses for Acoustic Image Instrument Amplifiers

    Various

    Our Low Price: $4.00
    We stock some of the various fuses used in some of our more popular amplifiers. If you're looking for a replacement (or a spare, just in case) we have them here.Note that various amps use different amp ratings, and some use slow-blow or fast-blow models...
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  • Replacement Power Cable for most common amplifiers (IEC C13), standard product photo

    Replacement Power Cable for most common amplifiers (IEC C13)

    Generic

    Our Low Price: $9.00
    What more can I say? This is your regular, common power cable. You probably have a bunch of them around the house, but you can never find one when you need it. We have a handful of them here, as they are commonly used with amplifiers (like Acoustic...
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  • Specialty Cable: 1 foot effects loop 'Y' cable (insert cable)

    Specialty Cable: 1 foot effects loop 'Y' cable (insert cable)

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $14.00
    This handy 1 Foot "insert" cable is perfect for use with the Radial Tonebone BassBone dual-channel preamp; used to access its switchable effects loop. It has a TRS (Tip/Ring/Sleeve, aka "stereo") 1/4" plug on one end, which splits out to a pair of mono...
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  • ToneBone BassBone OD Dual Channel Preamp for Doublers

    ToneBone BassBone OD Dual Channel Preamp for Doublers

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $349.99
    Tonebone Bassbone ODThe perfect tool for doublers!Often, we upright bassists find ourselves doubling on upright and electric basses on a single gig, and it's almost always a hassle. We have two completely different instruments that require different EQ...
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  • BiX - One Channel Mini Preamp, preamp top

    BiX - One Channel Mini Preamp

    Grace Design

    Our Low Price: $295.00
    And Baby Makes Three! The popular FELiX and ALiX preamps from Grace Design have become a new standard in high-quality preamplification for live bassists (and other acoustic instrumentalists as well - but we talk mostly to bassists, so...
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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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