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.

  • 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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    AP40 Replacement Cable for AMT Microphone/Studio Preamp

    AP40 Replacement Cable for AMT Microphone/Studio Preamp

    Special Price: $40.00
    Regular Price $75.00
    This is the original equipment replacement cable used to connect an AMT instrument Microphone with the AP40 "Studio" series preamp and the "Super Preamp." It's brand new, in a sealed envelope, and first quality.  
    Special Price: $40.00
    Regular Price $75.00
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    Nu-Era Tabletop Mic Stand with Bag and Mic Clip

    Nu-Era Tabletop Mic Stand with Bag and Mic Clip

    Hamilton

    Special Price: $12.82
    Regular Price $19.00
    The black KB810M Nu-Era Tabletop Mic Stand by Hamilton Stands is super-convenient and even comes with a microphone clip and carrying bag. It is a lightweight, adjustable stand designed to provide stability in various environments, and...
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    Regular Price $19.00
  • BP-100 Upright Bass Pickup

    BP-100 Upright Bass Pickup

    Fishman

    Our Low Price: $179.95
    It's the BP-100 that helped to launch the Fishman company, and it's a pickup that's been popular for over 25 years. That said, it's not one of my favorites given some of the more modern alternatives, but it can do a good job if its characteristics meet...
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  • Chuck Israels Signature Microphone for Double Bass

    Chuck Israels Signature Microphone for Double Bass

    Xlson Audio

    Our Low Price: $999.00
    My dad (Bob) and I have become well-known for our "frugality" (okay, I admit it, sometimes I'm cheap). And a lot of the gear we offer on the site is geared towards the hobbyist player on a budget - the guy (or gal) who doesn't have a lot of extra nickels...
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  • Ehrlund Studio/Recording Condenser Microphones

    Ehrlund Studio/Recording Condenser Microphones

    Ehrlund

    Ehrlund Studio Microphones We are one of the only US-based retailers carrying the Ehrlund EAP surface mic, which is an excellent choice for amplifying the double bass (and many other stringed instruments, for that matter.) We've had a few requests for...
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  • Instrument Cable: 1 Foot cable with dual right angle ¼ (mono or TRS/stereo)

    Instrument Cable: 1 Foot cable with dual right angle ¼ (mono or TRS/stereo)

    Various

    Our Low Price: $5.00
    We stock this high-quality, 12 Inch INSTRUMENT CABLE with two 90 degree ¼ inch connectors specially for players who want to mount their preamp on their bass. The 12 Inch INSTRUMENT CABLE with two 90 degree ¼ inch mono connectors is for a...
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  • Instrument Cable: TRS (Stereo) ¼ inch, 1 right angle

    Instrument Cable: TRS (Stereo) ¼ inch, 1 right angle

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $22.00
    Features one straight, and one 90 degree ¼ inch connector. Both connectors are TRS (aka stereo, 3 conductor). Available in two lengths, 8 foot and 15 foot. Designed for use with two channel systems, such the Bass Master Pro, Rockabilly, and Golden...
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    RB-2 Rockabilly (Passive) Upright Bass Pickup

    RB-2 Rockabilly (Passive) Upright Bass Pickup

    Schatten Design

    Special Price: $145.00
    Regular Price $179.95
    RB-2 and RB-2A "Rockabilly"Double Bass Pickup SetThe RB series of pickups from Schatten Design are simple, affordable, good-sounding pickups. One can easily see the similarity in design to the Bass Max from K&K sound, but our "A-B" tests have shown...
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    RB-2A Rockabilly (Active) Upright Bass Pickup

    RB-2A Rockabilly (Active) Upright Bass Pickup

    Schatten Design

    Special Price: $199.00
    Regular Price $244.95
    The RB series of pickups from Schatten Design are simple, affordable, good-sounding pickups. One can easily see the similarity in design to the Bass Max from K&K sound, but our "A-B" tests have shown that the character of sound is somewhat different...
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    The Band Upright Bass Pickup

    The Band Upright Bass Pickup

    Headway

    Our Low Price: $299.00
    I zeroed on this unique pickup for upright bass because it occurred to me that it would be an excellent "travel" pickup - highly portable and temporary for those who are on tour, relying on the use of other people's basses. You can't exactly file away...
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  • Two Channel Pickup and Pickup/Mic Sets (without Preamp)

    Two Channel Pickup and Pickup/Mic Sets (without Preamp)

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $119.00
    These are the pickups and microphones normally sold with the Bass Master Pro, Bass Master Rockabilly, and Golden Trinity setups. You may already own a suitable two channel preamp (like the K&K Dual Channel Pro ST, K&K Quantum Blender, Radial...
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    Our Low Price: $119.00