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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.

  • H-Clamp Light Upright Bass and Cello Microphone Mounts, installed on bass

    H-Clamp Light Upright Bass and Cello Microphone Mounts

    ExplorAUDIO

    Our Low Price: $135.00
    It obviously depends on the music and the venue -- but nothing sounds more natural, when amplifying or recording your bass, than a microphone. Upright Bass pickups were, essentially, a compromise - developed for situations when a microphone wasn't...
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  • SH RB-PRO Rockabilly Pro Pickup/Preamp System, preamp

    SH RB-PRO Rockabilly Pro Pickup/Preamp System

    Shadow

    Our Low Price: $319.95
    Back in the late 90's, Bob worked with Dieter at K&K Sound to design the very first pickup system designed for the very specific needs of Rockabilly players -- the Bass Master Rockabilly System. It has been an incredibly successful product, and...
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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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