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.

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    Krivo Magnetic Upright Bass Pickup (2020 model, includes bonus Jack Mount), 1/4 jack and transducer

    Krivo Magnetic Upright Bass Pickup (includes bonus Jack Mount)

    Krivo Pick-ups

    Our Low Price: $229.00
    Krivo Pick-Ups is a small, homegrown company building handmade pickups in the USA (Portland, Oregon).Always looking to improve these pickups, as of January 2020, Jason has created a new mounting system. The 2020 Krivo pickup for upright bass now...
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    DB-1 Wood-Encased Upright Bass Pickup for Bridge Wing, 1/4 and transducer

    DB-1 Wood-Encased Upright Bass Pickup for Bridge Wing

    KNA

    Our Low Price: $99.00
    Like many other upright bass pickups, the DB-1 is a compact unit designed to be wedged into the wing in the side of your bridge. Most of those pickups require that you custom-fit the pickup into the slot, using sanding/filing to open up that slot for...
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    Our Low Price: $99.00
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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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    Special Price: $199.00
    Regular Price $349.00
  • 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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    Our Low Price: $999.00