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Double Bass Pickups ; Preamps and Amps from The Contrabass Shoppe

Can you tell me what a pickup is?

Yes - at its most basic - a pickup collects vibrations from the strings - and to a lesser extent the bridge and body of a bass and converts them into electrical signals that can then be fed to an amplifier or other output. The element that collects and converts these signals is a "transducer". One of the most common types of transducer used for acoustic instrument pickups is a "piezo" model - typically "piezo ceramic". Piezo sensors accurately detect small pressure changes, so are ideal for responding to vibrations from the strings. "Ceramic" refers to the material - usually metal oxide sheet - in which the sensors are embedded. Pickups can also be "active" or "passive". Active pickups have a very low power output, so generally require preamplification to add an extra 'boost' to the signal before it is passed to a standard amplifier or PA system. Passive pickups have a more powerful output so do not require preamplification. In some cases however - this can reduce the quality of the tone range.

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