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Re: Getting more volume a Realist pickup

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Posted by Bob Gollihur ( on August 26, 2002 at 18:51:56:

In Reply to: Getting more volume a Realist pickup posted by Lightnin' on August 26, 2002 at 17:10:42:

: I recently added an acoustic upright bass to my instrument collection. I got
: a good deal on a third hand no name carved bass. I put a realist pickup on it
: thinking this would be a good versatile pickup. I like the realist sound.
: The problem I have is when I'm playing rockabilly, I have a hard time playing
: loud enough to compete with the drums and guitar without feeding back. By the
: way I play jazz as well, hence the carved top bass and the realist pickup
: instead of the K&K Rockabilly pickup system (although I would consider adding
: a fingerboard transducer for rockabilly if K&K offered it as an add on like
: they do with the golden bullet mic from the golden trinity system [anyone from
: K&K listening?]).

: I am using a GK 700RB head with a Hartke 4x10 and a Peavey 2x10 cabnet. This
: setup is usually more than loud enough with my Warwick Streamer LX electric
: bass. I can turn it up to 9 or 10 when the guitar players really start to
: crank it and thump right along with them until our eardrums start to bleed.
: I can only crank my upright to about 7. If I try to go any louder, I go into
: a nasty feedback loop that rattles the windows. Unfortunately a 7 on my
: upright isn't quite as loud as a 7 on my electric, and it often gets lost in
: the mix at our normal jamming levels.

: Any recommendations on how to get a little more volume out of this system
: without breaking the bank? I'm willing to try another pickup or a preamp or an
: equilizer. I'm just not sure what is going to get me the most bang
: (or decibels) for the buck.

The fingerboard transducer for the K&K Rockabilly system has always been available separately. I always have a few in stock available for immediate delivery; click on the link below, you'll find the individual components for custom Rockabilly systems shown towards the bottom of the page.

The Realist is a very nice pickup for low to medium volume jazz, but it is not the right choice for rockabilly IMHO. Its location on the bass body is just too indirect of a pickup point for louder volumes and distinct response. This is not a criticism of the pickup, it is very good for what it does, but I don't think anyone would recommend it for rockabilly or other styles that require punch and high volume before feedback.

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