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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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    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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    Our Low Price: $229.00
  • Bass Max Upright Bass Pickup, installed on bridge

    Bass Max Upright Bass Pickup

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $130.00
    The Bass Max is a compact unit designed to be wedged into the wing in the side of your bridge. K&K advises that they feel that one sandwiched unit is better than a pair, with one in each wing of the bass, to avoid potential out-of-phase problems. It...
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    Our Low Price: $130.00
  • 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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  • Bass Master Rockabilly PLUS Upright Bass Pickup System, Full System

    Bass Master Rockabilly PLUS Upright Bass Pickup System

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $345.00
    Back in 1998 Bob talked with a lot of Rockabilly players about helping them to get THE SOUND. There was nothing out there that could deliver both a strong, feedback-resistant bass signal AND that retro or psychobilly-style fingerboard slap sound...
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    Our Low Price: $345.00
  • Double Big Twin Upright Bass Pickup, installed on bridge closeup

    Double Big Twin Upright Bass Pickup

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $137.00
    The Double Big Twin was my first K&K "love," and I still consider it to be a great choice for string detail oriented jazz play*, especially for the price.  *"Jazz Play?" Let me just define which jazz: in this case I am talking the...
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  • Rockabilly Fingerboard 'Clicky' Transducer (Pickup) for Upright Bass

    Rockabilly Fingerboard 'Clicky' Transducer (Pickup) for Upright Bass

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $65.00
    Back in 1998 I talked with a lot of Rockabilly players about helping them to get THE SOUND. There was nothing out there that could deliver both a strong, feedback-resistant bass signal AND that retro or psychobilly-style fingerboard slap sound. Everybody...
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    Our Low Price: $65.00
  • 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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    Our Low Price: $417.00