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Pickups and Microphones

Pickups and Microphones

toomany.jpgPickups and amplification could be considered the "heart" of our business... it's how we got our start over 20 years ago. But there are LOTS of choices, so how are you supposed to decide? What's our best pickup?

That's a question with no legitimate answer, since the sound of a pickup -- and what constitutes "good" and "not so good" -- is highly subjective. When helping you etermine what pickup might be best for you, we assess what you're looking for -- type of music played, volume needs, tonal preferences, how their sound might need to fit into the larger whole of a performing group, convenience, difficulty of install, budget, etc. Then we try to make an experienced recommendation for a pickup that best fits your needs. So "best" for you may be entirely different than the "best" for another, and looking at technical data won't necessarily reveal the answer.

While most pickups are designed with the intent of sounding like "your bass, only louder," we all know that their success can be hit or miss. And "where it is" on the bass is every bit as important as "who made it." We've tried -- and gigged, at one point or another -- pretty much every pickup we sell, usually on a selection of basses. We do our best to describe each pickup in real words, and we invite you to email or call us with specific questions... we can answer them. We even include our own helpful hints and installation tips with every pickup we sell -- from getting the best sound, to avoiding feedback, and more.

Also be sure to check out our FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions), and our Buyer's Guides about pickups and preamplifiers for an even better understanding of how to put your best sound out there.

  • Bass Master Pro Upright Bass Pickup System, transducers and preamp

    Bass Master Pro Upright Bass Pickup System

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $417.00
    The Bass Master Pro Combo combines the K&K Bass Max and Double Big Twin pickups, allowing you to mix them using a tiny two-channel preamplifier.You can draw a comparison to a two pickup electric bass' neck and bridge pickups -- the complementary...
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  • BP-100 Upright Bass Pickup, installed on bridge

    BP-100 Upright Bass Pickup

    Fishman

    Our Low Price: $199.95
    It's the BP-100 that helped to launch the Fishman company, and it's a pickup that's been popular for over 25 years. That said, it's not one of my favorites given some of the more modern alternatives, but it can do a good job if its characteristics meet...
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    The Band2 Upright Bass Pickup by Headway, on bass

    The Band2 Upright Bass Pickup (The Band)

    Headway

    Our Low Price: $299.00
    I zeroed on this unique pickup for upright bass because it occurred to me that it would be an excellent "travel" pickup - highly portable and temporary for those who are on tour, relying on the use of other people's basses. You can't exactly file away...
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    Our Low Price: $299.00
  • 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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  • Golden Bullet Microphone for Upright Bass, installed on bass

    Golden Bullet Microphone for Upright Bass

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $160.00
    K&K's various bass transducers can deliver an exceptionally warm and natural sound -- but there are times when a microphone can add extra warmth and life to your signal, or perhaps be the total true voice of your bass. Choosing and using a microphone...
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  • Instrument Cable: 6 foot TRS (stereo) ¼ inch

    Instrument Cable: 6 foot TRS (stereo) ¼ inch

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $14.00
    6 Foot STEREO INSTRUMENT CABLE with two ¼ inch TRS (stereo, 3 conductor) connectors, for two channel systems, such the Bass Master Pro, Rockabilly, and Golden Trinity systems. This is the same cable that is supplied with the systems, and used to...
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  • Replacement Inline Jack for Pickup (mono)

    Replacement Inline Jack for Pickup (mono)

    Rean by Neutrik

    Our Low Price: $7.00
    If you need to rewire, or customize, the output jack on your bass pickup, this is a very nice quality inline jack to do it with. Made by Rean (a Neutrik subsidiary) it's very solid-feeling and durable. We originally got these to do alterations to the...
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  • Chuck Israels Signature Microphone for Double Bass, mic closeup

    Chuck Israels Signature Microphone for Double Bass

    Xlson Audio

    Our Low Price: $999.00
    My dad (Bob) and I have become well-known for our "frugality" (okay, I admit it, sometimes I'm cheap). And a lot of the gear we offer on the site is geared towards the hobbyist player on a budget - the guy (or gal) who doesn't have a lot of extra nickels...
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  • 2-Channel Phantom Power Supply for Professional Condenser Microphones

    2-Channel Phantom Power Supply for Professional Condenser Microphones

    SignalFlex

    Our Low Price: $74.99
    Sometimes you just need phantom power. The mics from AMT and DPA both require it, and the Stagebug DI from Radial Engineering does too.What's phantom power?Certain circuits feature "active" electronics - rather than "passive" - and therefore require...
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    Acoustic Pickup (EAP) Linear Microphone (for Upright Bass), preamp

    Ehrlund Mini Preamp with XLR output

    Ehrlund

    Special Price: $199.00
    Regular Price $349.00
    This preamp was designed to be used with the EAP pickup, and it features simple adjustments: a Volume Control, a "High/Low" Switch (Ehrlund recommends "low" for upright bass), and a Phase Switch for helping to reduce feedback or for switch phase to match...
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  • Ehrlund Studio/Recording Condenser Microphones

    Ehrlund Studio/Recording Condenser Microphones

    Ehrlund

    Our Low Price: $999.00
    Ehrlund Studio Microphones We are one of the only US-based retailers carrying the Ehrlund EAP surface mic, which is an excellent choice for amplifying the double bass (and many other stringed instruments, for that matter.) We've had a few requests for...
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