Pickups and Microphones

Pickups and Microphones

Montage of pickups and microphone gear for upright bassesPickups 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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    Realist LifeLine Upright Bass Pickup, installed closeup

    Realist LifeLine Upright Bass Pickup

    David Gage

    Our Low Price: $229.99
    Gollihur Music has your back -- This pickup Includes FREE Jack Mount Kit -- See below for details. From David Gage, the ones who brought you the Realist and Realist SoundClip pickups - the LifeLine.It uses a simple, but clever design; the element of the...
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  • Realist Pickup for Double Bass (Original and Wood Version), installed on bass

    Realist Pickup for Double Bass (Original and Wood Version)

    David Gage

    Our Low Price: $219.99
    Gollihur Music has your back -- This pickup Includes FREE Jack Mount Kit -- See below for details. The RealistTM has rapidly become a popular choice of bass pickup, and it is now used by a number of top bassists. It consists of a thin, flexible...
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  • David Gage Realist Docking Station - shown on bass

    Realist Docking Station (Tailpiece-Mounted Volume Control/Jack Mount)

    David Gage

    Our Low Price: $89.99
    UNIVERSAL: Works with Upright Bass Pickups from All Manufacturers!* (* Some pickups with "string mount" jack brackets, like K&K Sound and Fishman, may need to have those brackets removed to fit the input plug.)This clever jack clip for upright bass...
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