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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.

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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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  • Instrument Cable: 1/4 inch ends (1 right angle), connectors

    Instrument Cable: 1/4 inch ends (1 right angle)

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $15.00
    Features one straight, and one 90 degree ¼ inch connector. Cables are black using top quality Belden cable and brand-name connectors are used, assembled in the US by CBI. This cable ideal for either plugging the angled plug into a string-mounted...
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  • Full Circle Upright Bass Pickup, installed on bridge

    Full Circle Upright Bass Pickup

    Fishman

    Our Low Price: $239.95
    The Fishman Full Circle has certainly earned its stripes in the URB world. I was never a big fan of the classic Fishman BP-100 (though it was a breath of fresh air in the early 80's when it first came out), but I really like the Full Circle- it delivers...
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  • Specialty Cable: 15 foot Dual-Channel Microphone/Pickup Cable (XLR and 1/4)

    Specialty Cable: 15 foot Dual-Channel Microphone/Pickup Cable (XLR and 1/4)

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $41.50
    We've often spoken to people about mixing signals from a microphone with a pickup; the microphone adds realism and "air" to the sound, while the pickup provides a firm, full foundation to the sound. It's a common enough setup that we have special...
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  • Instrument Cable: TRS (Stereo) ¼ inch, 1 right angle

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

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $22.00
    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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  • BP-100 Upright Bass Pickup, installed on bridge

    BP-100 Upright Bass Pickup

    Fishman

    Our Low Price: $189.95
    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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  • 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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    RB-1A (Active) Upright Bass Pickup

    RB-1A (Active) Upright Bass Pickup

    Schatten Design

    Special Price: $124.00
    Regular Price $159.96
    The RB series of pickups from Schatten Design are simple, affordable, good-sounding pickups. One can easily see the similarity in design to the Bass Max from K&K sound, but our "A-B" tests have shown that the character of sound is somewhat different...
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    Special Price: $124.00
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