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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    The Band Upright Bass Pickup by Headway, on bass

    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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    Our Low Price: $299.00
  • Two Channel Pickup and Pickup/Mic Sets (without Preamp), double big twin system

    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
  • 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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    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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    Special Price: $199.00
    Regular Price $244.95