Shadow Rockabilly Systems are Delayed
Component shortages at Shadow have halted production of these pickup systems, and they are currently unavailable from the manufacturer. We cannot get any more until they are able to be manufactured again (and neither can anyone else). Our best estimate at this time is sometime in December or January.

If you're looking for an alternative, the K&K Bass Master Rockabilly System (which was developed by our own Bob Gollihur some 20 years ago!) is in stock for immediate shipment.
 

SH RB-PRO Rockabilly Pro Pickup/Preamp System

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  • SH RB-PRO Rockabilly Pro Pickup/Preamp System, preamp
  • SH RB-PRO Rockabilly Pro Pickup/Preamp System, wing and fingerboard transducer
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Description

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 continues to be a best seller. Many players have continued to use it - or components from it - to get the distinctive "clicky" tone that many slapping players are looking for.

Since the release of that setup, several other manufacturers have come up with similar products, with some different features here and there. But most players have figured out that one of the best ways to get "the sound" for rockabilly is to use a blending preamp to combine a high-output "wing" pickup with a "clicky" (aka a pickup transducer adhered to the back of the fingerboard to capture the percussive elements.)

Includes our exclusive Gollihur Music tipsheet to get the most out of your purchaseA new player in the rockabilly arena is actually a company that has been at the pickup game for quite a while. You've probably heard of Shadow, since they've got 40+ years of experience in the development and production of pickups for acoustic instruments. This new pickup, which they designed with the help of legendary rockabilly bassist Didi Beck, has some great new features for systems of this type, especially those that feature a compact preamp. The Shadow setup, like most, comes with a wing pickup (mounts between the leg and "curl" on the E-side of the bridge, which we call the "wing") and a fingerboard clicky, which has a strip of adhesive so you can easily jam it onto the back surface of your fingerboard. You plug 'em both into the blending preamp, and work the controls until you get a great sound with the main, wing pickup. That's the pickup that gets the "tone" of your bass; the clicky is just there for the "thump" and "thwack" and "click" of slapstyle play. Once you have your base (bass?) tone, you just dial in as much or as little of the "click" as you need/want, using the clicky channel on the preamp. It's a simple concept, and it's done elegantly with their new preamp, which has quite a few useful features, some of which you won't find on similar products from other manufacturers.

The preamp, unlike most others, is specifically designed to mount onto your tailpiece. It comes preinstalled with a velcro strap and a very cushy, rounded foam covered back panel, and includes a "hanger bar" to keep it from sliding down. It also has a separate battery bag, for ease of changing batteries -- and you can swap that out for a 9v wall wart power supply if you don't trust batteries.

The Preamp's Wing channel has the following features:

  • Gain Control - Set the perfect input level to limit distortion or noise
  • Three-band EQ - Bass, Mid, and Presence control to dial in your ideal tone
  • Subsonic Filter - Cut unwanted low frequencies to reduce rumble and feedback, and tighten up your tone
  • Pre-Shape - Engage a preset EQ profile to easily get a good sound
  • Volume Control - A separate volume knob for this pickup allows for precise blending

The Fingerboard pickup channel has the following features:

  • Gain Control - Set the perfect input level to limit distortion or noise
  • Low Cut Control - Allows you to variably cut out the low end from the clicky to optimize click tone
  • Treble EQ Control - Increase or Decrease the brightness of tone
  • 4KHz-8KHz Switch - Alter the base frequency for the treble control for different tone variation
  • Phase - Reverses the phase, which can help reduce feedback in some situations
  • Volume Control - A separate volume knob for this pickup allows for precise blending

Additionally, the preamp features a built-in electronic tuner, which automatically mutes the output, for silent on-stage tuning. It has a display that is smartly installed on the top surface, so if you mount the preamp as intended, you look down... and it's right there.

Everything you need is included in the package, even a 9v battery. Just a standard "guitar" cable (sorry, that's what people call them) and you're all hooked up.

This system was brand new to us as of late September 2015 -- but word on the street from early adopters is that it sounds great, feels reliably solid, and is easy to install and use! And we include it on our "Ed" rockabilly upright bass packages!

Product Manual

Need to figure out some of the more in-depth features of this product? Here's a copy of the manual, in PDF format, here.

You may wish to visit the manufacturer's website to see if a more recent version is available.

 

 

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1 Review

  • 5
    Great Preamp/Pickup System

    Posted by J Laughlin on Mar 30th 2021

    The Shadow Rockabilly Pro is a versatile and powerful little device. I’ve been using these for over a year now and could not be more pleased with the results. I have one on both of my slappers. It’s easy to install, compact, and offers a lot of tone-shaping control. To me, it’s a must for any slap bassist but is also a great option for other playing styles as well. I always recommend these to my friends. Here’s a 2-for-1 review…after recommending the Shadow to a friend, he sent me this text: “I just had my first rehearsal with the Shadow. It made a HUGE difference. The old set up was turn it up till there was feedback and not able to be heard in the mix. The shadow has a thunderous bass and a much more consistent and nicer sounding click. Thanks so much for the recommendation. That by far was the most fun I have had at a rehearsal.”

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