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

    Krivo Magnetic Upright Bass Pickup (2020 model, includes bonus Jack Mount)

    Krivo Pick-ups

    Special Price: $199.00
    Regular 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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    Special Price: $199.00
    Regular Price $229.00
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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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    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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    SH RB-PRO Rockabilly Pro Pickup/Preamp System, preamp

    SH RB-PRO Rockabilly Pro Pickup/Preamp System

    Shadow

    Special Price: $299.95
    Regular 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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    Special Price: $299.95
    Regular Price $319.95
  • Digital Audio Wireless System - Model U2 by X-Vive, product view (brown)

    Digital Audio Wireless System - Model U2

    X-VIVE

    Our Low Price: $159.00
    For years I've taken occasional calls from a player who is looking to take their double bass wireless. Maybe they're one of those crazy rockabilly guys who moves around a lot, or spins their bass for show. Or maybe they're doing a stage show, where a...
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  • DPA d:vote 4099-B CORE Upright Bass Microphone and Accessories, installed on bass

    DPA d:vote 4099-B CORE Upright Bass Microphone and Accessories

    DPA Microphones

    Our Low Price: $619.95
    Now with CORE by DPA technologyThe d:vote™ CORE (released in 2018) version is now what we have in stock. (If you're price-matching, make sure that the "great deal" you found is for the current model!) The new d:vote™ CORE 4099...
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    Acoustic Pickup (EAP) Linear Microphone (for Upright Bass), transducer and preamp

    Acoustic Pickup (EAP) Linear Microphone (for Upright Bass)

    Ehrlund

    Our Low Price: $549.00
    The Ehrlund Acoustic Pickup (EAP) is a linear microphone for acoustic instruments. We emphasize the term "linear microphone" because this is what Göran Ehrlund (inventor and manufacturer of the pickup) calls it. He made it a point to tell...
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  • Rockabilly Fingerboard 'Clicky' Transducer (Pickup) for Upright Bass, 1/4 jack and transducer

    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