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.

  • 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: $299.00
    "Rockabilly/Country Slap Special"Bass Master RB PLUS Double Bass PickupBack 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...
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  • Double Big Twin Upright Bass Pickup, installed on bridge closeup

    Double Big Twin Upright Bass Pickup

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $124.00
      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...
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  • Microphone Cable (XLR), 20 foot long, black

    Microphone Cable (XLR), 20 foot long

    Kirlin or Equivalent

    Our Low Price: $16.50
    This standard 20-foot mic cable is nicely flexible - and well-made! It's an affordable, and trouble-free, Microphone Cable. Includes a manufacturer's guarantee against defect.Uses for the Upright Bassist: Connecting your bass microphone to your...
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  • BassOnStage Mk2 Microphone Gooseneck Mount for Upright Bass, installed on bass

    BassOnStage Mk2 Microphone Gooseneck Mount for Upright Bass

    Ve Leen Music/Gollihur Music

    Our Low Price: $84.50
    Lots of journeyman (and woman) players have gotten to gigs and found that they need to mic the bass unexpectedly. The old Bluegrass trick is to slip a mic into a gym sock, and drop it behind the tailpiece against the body. Sure, it works (kind of), but...
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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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    Our Low Price: $549.00
  • Instrument Cable: 6 foot TRS (stereo) ¼ inch

    Instrument Cable: 6 foot TRS (stereo) ¼ inch

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $10.00
    6 Foot STEREO INSTRUMENT CABLE with two ¼ inch TRS (stereo, 3 conductor) connectors, for two channel systems, such the Bass Master Pro, Rockabilly, and Golden Trinity systems. This is the same cable that is supplied with the systems, and used to...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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    Chrome 13" Microphone Gooseneck

    Chrome 13" Microphone Gooseneck

    Apex

    Special Price: $6.50
    Regular Price $8.99
    This flexible 13" microphone gooseneck is chrome in color. It weighs a bit under 11 oz., and has a firm feel, so it stays where you put it. Would be good for small to mid-size mics. Uses standard 5/8" (USA/Canada) threads for compatibility with common...
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  • Golden Bullet Microphone for Upright Bass, installed on bass

    Golden Bullet Microphone for Upright Bass

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $160.00
    K&K's various bass transducers can deliver an exceptionally warm and natural sound -- but there are times when a microphone can add extra warmth and life to your signal, or perhaps be the total true voice of your bass. Choosing and using a microphone...
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  • Golden Trinity Microphone/Pickup COMBINATION Systems, bass max system

    Golden Trinity Microphone/Pickup COMBINATION Systems

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $256.00
    Golden Trinity Systems These powerful, compact setups combine K&K's excellent Golden Bullet Condenser Mic with one of several different pickup options. Including a small, feature-rich preamplifier to blend the mic with a pickup of your choice, these...
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    Our Low Price: $256.00