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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    Backpack for Acoustic Image UpShot Speaker Cabinet

    Backpack for Acoustic Image UpShot Speaker Cabinet

    Acoustic Image

    Special Price: $94.00
    Regular Price $99.00
    Harvie S. said he wanted the speaker to fit in a backpack, so it was only natural that Acoustic Image would create a backpack for hauling it around. The backpack fits the UpShot, a Clarus SL/SL-R/SL-2 (or similar-sized tiny amp head) and small...
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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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    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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    Mini Pre 2 - Dual Channel Preamp

    Mini Pre 2 - Dual Channel Preamp

    Schatten Design

    Special Price: $85.00
    Regular Price $109.95
    Here's a handy box. Preamps are often necessary with piezo-based upright bass (and guitar, mandolin, etc.) pickups - mostly, it's a matter of input impedance. What's the deal? Check out our FAQ page covering the topic for more information.If...
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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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  • 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
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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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    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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    Small Block Lightweight Bass Amplifier Heads (SB200H, SB500H), 200H head

    Small Block Lightweight Bass Amplifier Heads (SB200H, SB500H)

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $339.00
    We're already big fans of the Traynor Small Block amps - the 10" and 12" combos have become best-sellers, due to their light weight, great sound, and reasonable price. As you may have read on our site, the gear we sell has to pass the "Mark Test" -...
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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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    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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