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.

  • EA Rack Ears (pair) for Classic Amp

    Rack Ears (Pair) for the iAmp Classic Amplifier Head (limited quantity)

    Euphonic Audio

    Our Low Price: $89.00
    These rack ears were originally manufactured for the Iamp 500 head, and the iAmp Classic shares the chassis design and mounting points with that amp. So these work perfectly with the iAmp Classic amp head. You get a set of two, left and right, which...
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  • ALiX - One Channel Preamp, preamp top

    ALiX - One Channel Preamp

    Grace Design

    Our Low Price: $695.00
    The FELiX 2-channel preamp was released by Grace Design to great acclaim. Now get many of the same pro features in a single-channel model! The ALiX is the little brother of the FELiX; a "studio quality, acoustic instrument and mic preamp, designed for...
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  • Dee-Eye Instrument Preamplifier/DI by Fire-Eye, top view

    Dee-Eye Instrument Preamplifier/DI

    Fire-Eye

    Our Low Price: $145.00
    A simple, sonically superior DI for acoustic instrumentalists. When you're doing a studio session, or playing a gig where you just need to drop a DI line to the house, you can do one of two things: You can trust that the soundman has a suitable DI in...
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  • EDM-1 H.E. 1 Channel Preamplifier by Headway, 3/4 view

    EDM-1 H.E. 1 Channel Preamplifier

    Headway

    Our Low Price: $195.00
    Headway calls the EDM–1 H.E. an Equalizer/Direct Mini Preamplifier with Harmonic Enhancer. Wow, that's a mouthful. But this handy box packs a lot of nice functionality into its diminuitive (3" x 3.25" by 1.1") footprint.   They say:...
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    FLEX 2-Channel Preamplifier (Stand-mountable, Series 4+), preamp front

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

    Acoustic Image

    Our Low Price: $629.00
    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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    Flight Cases for Acoustic Image Combos and Speakers, handle

    Flight Cases for Acoustic Image Combos and Speakers

    Special Price: $399.00
    Regular Price $439.00
    FINALLY! A Hard Case for your Acoustic Image Combo! For almost as long as we've sold the Acoustic Image combos (going all the way back to 2001!) people have been asking about hard cases for their amps. For some of the early models, AI offered a...
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    Magellan 350 MG12T-V Small Combo by Genzler Amplification, angle view

    Magellan 350 MG12T-V Small Combo

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $1,259.99
    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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    Genzler Nu Classic 112T Speaker Cabinet, next to upright bass

    Nu Classic 112T Speaker Cabinet (1x12)

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $599.99
    The Nu-Classic line of speaker cabinets was announced in April 2021, and it provides a new option in amplification for double-bassists and electric bassists alike. While many bassists favor the "MBOL" (My Bass, Only Louder) approach to amplification,...
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  • ToneBone PZ Deluxe 1 Channel Preamplifier

    ToneBone PZ Deluxe 1 Channel Preamplifier

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $249.99
    This Radial Tonebone PZ-Deluxe really impressed us. This powerful and flexible acoustic preamplifier is a great tool for both studio or stage, and it's safely packed inside one of Radial's usual rock solid floor pedals.Inside its small (5.75" x...
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  • ToneBone PZ Pre Dual Channel Preamplifier, preamp top

    ToneBone PZ Pre Dual Channel Preamplifier

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $299.99
    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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