Amplifiers and Preamps

Amplifiers and Preamps

Amplifiers and Preamps

Be 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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    Equipment Mounting Bracket for Mic Stand/Amp Handle

    Chief

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    FLEX 2-Channel Preamplifier (Stand-mountable, Series 4+) FLEX 2-Channel Preamplifier (Stand-mountable, Series 4+)

    FLEX 2-Channel Preamplifier (Stand-mountable, Series 4+)

    Acoustic Image

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    The mad scientists at Acoustic Image are at it again. Never content to rest on their past successes, Rick Jones and company are constantly looking for new, better, more efficient ways to help acoustic instrumentalists be heard in the best voice possible...
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    Instrument Cable: 1 Foot cable with dual right angle ¼ (mono or TRS/stereo)

    Various

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    Instrument Cable: TRS (Stereo) ¼ inch, 1 right angle

    CBI

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    Features one straight, and one 90 degree ¼ inch connector. Both connectors are TRS (aka stereo, 3 conductor). Available in two lengths, 8 foot and 15 foot. Designed for use with two channel systems, such the Bass Master Pro, Rockabilly, and Golden...
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    Magellan 350 MG12T-V Small Combo Magellan 350 MG12T-V Small Combo

    Magellan 350 MG12T-V Small Combo

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    This is the "High-Boy" combo from Genzler. It's got the 12" Magellan cabinet, which is highly compact but really puts the sound out there. I used one on an audition recently (with electric bass) and the thing just crushed it, easily keeping up with a...
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    Replacement Power Cable for most common amplifiers (IEC C13)

    Generic

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    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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    SB110 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier SB110 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier

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    Traynor

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    Radial Engineering

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    ToneBone PZ Pre Dual Channel Preamplifier

    Radial Engineering

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    The Radial Tonebone PZ-Pre is a powerful and flexible acoustic preamplifier, built into a heavy-duty floor pedal unit. Obviously, at Gollihur Music we're primarily offering it as a two-channel preamp for use with upright bass, but it's...
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