Back in 1998 Bob Gollihur developed a new pickup system with Dieter Kaudel of K&K Sound. Now known as the Bass Master Rockabilly Plus system, this custom creation combines the strong, established Bass Max wing pickup with a unique fingerboard transducer, letting you EQ them separately and mix their output using a tiny dual-channel preamp.
For the ultimate "everything's included" Rockabilly Pickup set, check out the Bass Master Rockabilly Plus System (see related products, below); you get the full system there, including two separate pickup units, a two-channel preamplifier with separate volume, EQ and gain controls, and a special 3-conductor cable. That's what most of our customers are looking for - a full-featured, integrated package.
And then there are the tinkerers...
If you already have a bass pickup that you prefer, each piece is also available separately for your convenience. The individual components are listed here that can help you build your own custom system.
Rockabilly Fingerboard Transducer
Your fingerboard slap is distinctly delivered by a purpose-built transducer, designed to be taped to the back side of your fingerboard near the top neck joint. It gets all the "slap" and "thunk" inherent in the slap technique and rockabilly style. It does not carry much of the instrument's note or tone; it's sort of the seasoning on top of the main pickup (such as the Bass Max, below). Includes a string-mount jack, using a mono 1/4" (guitar) cable to connect to a preamplifier or amplifier. It is available on its own page within our web site, see it listed in the Related Products shown at the bottom of the page.
Bass Master Rockabilly transducer network
The Bass Max wing transducer is the "meat" of your bass sound, for a powerful and distinct bass voice, with plenty of mids to cut through the mix. Our best selling pickup, it's the one that is used in the transducer set that comes with the Rockabilly System. Includes a string-mount jack, using a mono 1/4" (guitar) cable to connect to a preamplifier or amplifier. It is available on its own page within our web site, see it listed in the Related Products shown at the bottom of the page.
Dual-Channel Blending Preamplifers
The Rockabilly Two Channel Preamplifier is essentially the Dual Channel Pro ST Preamplifier with a rockabilly-specific label; it's a 2-channel preamp which has a single TRS/stereo input and dual output options. You can choose to output a mixed signal - or, alternatively, send each pickup to a different output. This has a single stereo input jack, so if you're using two separate pickups, you'll need to use the standard Dual Channel Pro Preamplifier, which has separate ¼" input jacks for each pickup.
6 foot TRS (stereo) ¼" to ¼" cable
The original-equipment three-conductor cable that is included with the K&K Pickup systems. We also carry additional lengths of TRS cables, with right-angle jacks - visit our cables page for details.
Bass Master Rockabilly UPGRADE Transducer Network
Do you already have a Bass Max or other popular upright bass pickup, but want to add some slap sounds to your mix? The UPGRADE kit we sell offers everything you need to add blending Rockabilly functionality to your current pickup, in one convenient, easy-to-order package: Rockabilly Fingerboard Transducer, wired to a stereo jack with separate plug for your existing pickup. But if you just need the clicky pickup wired to the input plug to go into your existing pickup, you can just buy that here.
For valid warranty claims, K&K will repair the item and ship it back to the customer for free, via the lowest cost shipping method. Initial shipping charges are to be paid by the customer. We normally have a 1-2 business day turnover time for repairs.
Initiating a Warranty Claim
- Please test the K&K product thoroughly to ensure that it is the source of the problem (not a cable or other unit used in combination with the item). If the product requires a battery, ensure that the battery is new and fresh.
- Call K&K (1-800-867-6863 x107) or e-mail tech support to obtain an RA number. This number is valid for 10 days. Items returned without a valid RA number may not be processed.
- Include proof of purchase to show that the item is within the 12-month warranty period. If proof of purchase cannot be obtained, or if the item is outside the warranty period, a repair fee may be charged.
- Package the product securely. K&K is not responsible for damage incurred during transit.
- Please include the following information with the package:
- RA number
- Description of the problem
- Copy of invoice, sales receipt, or similar proof of purchase
- Complete contact information with phone number
K&K Sound Systems Inc
Attn: RA # [Please indicate your unique RA number here]
92798 Cape Arago Hwy
Coos Bay, OR 97420