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Shadow Double Side Upright Bass Professional Bridge Pickup

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The Shadow Double Side Upright Bass Professional Bridge Pickup is an amazing upright bass pickup. Four sensors produce a natural sound whether you're...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Shadow Double Side Upright Bass Professional Bridge Pickup is an amazing upright bass pickup. Four sensors produce a natural sound whether you're plucking or bowing. The pickup has two opposing sensors per side to accurately reproduce the sound of the string and body vibrations. Sensors mount between the wings and feet of the bridge. Absolutely unparalleled deep bass sound!


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ShadowDouble Side Upright Bass Professional Bridge Pickup
 
4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

My first upright bass pickup.

By Joseph Smith

from Eastern Tennessee

Comments about Shadow Double Side Upright Bass Professional Bridge Pickup:

It works; its expensive for what you get; it needs a preamp; it has very poor instructions.
It sound natural.
I don't know how to rate this, as I have no comparative data; I'll give it a high rating, because I think it is probably fine. Here are some things I learned from doing the installation and plugging it in to the Roland amp.
1. Installation was not easy for me. The instructions were useless. The Germans apparently feel that if you need instructions you are not worthy of their equipment. I had to search Youtube to find similar installations. I had to do some cutting, filing and sanding on the slot between the "wings and feet" of the bridge. If you take off too much, the fit will be loose; too little, and the pressure required to squeeze the transducer into the space could damage it. Took me about two hours to get it done. Bridges are hard wood (maple?) and hard to alter.
2. This needs a preamp. I still don't know what preamp to use, but volume level produced from this pickup is not great.
3. The sound without pickup is very natural, so I am hoping the pickup will make it all okay.
4. For what you get, this is expensive. I doubt this cost more than $5 to manufacture, so $180 is a decent profit margin. At that price, it seems that they could have bothered to include some decent installation instructions.

All these comments should be taken with the understanding that I am an ignorant newbie, and probably everybody else in the world would have none of the difficulties I did.
Thanks

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pickup

By Musicprof76

from Nacogdoches, TX

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Comments about Shadow Double Side Upright Bass Professional Bridge Pickup:

This pickup is perfect for the bassist who wants to get a great full bass sound. I've found that other pickups will usually have too much low end or high end depending on which side you mount the pickup but this model allows you to get both ends evenly.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Better than expected

By LWNDBAND

from Muskegon, MI

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Pros

  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Shadow Double Side Upright Bass Professional Bridge Pickup:

    Install was a little more difficult than ideal. You need to be willing to do some moderate modifications to your bass bridge, but overall the sound was good. I was hoping for more gain, but any more on an acoustic instrument will result in feedback, so it's good. It hit the road on a new tour and performed as expected glitch free. Yes, I'd buy one again if/when a better bass is purchased.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    shadow pick up

    By banjo listener

    from Shelbyville, KY

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    Comments about Shadow Double Side Upright Bass Professional Bridge Pickup:

    i think this product is awsome i totlay recomend it. i play bluegrass. it has a good clean BASSEY sound that i love!! it is awsome!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Brings Bass to life

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Shadow Double Side Upright Bass Professional Bridge Pickup:

        I feel this is a bit over priced, but gets the job done by getting sound. You will want to run this through a preamp with an EQ prior to sending to PA.

         
        5.0

        Easy, Effective & Elegant Double Bass Amplification

        By Studio B

        from Sinking Spring, PA

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        Pros

        • Does Not Detract from Instrument's Appearance
        • Easy to Install
        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Shadow Double Side Upright Bass Professional Bridge Pickup:

          I bought this unit for a decent-sounding Prima double bass (somewhere in between a "BSO", and an old C-1). The instructions in the package detail installation for several varieties of Shadow's pickups, but are organized in such a way that it's easy to find which one applies. The documentation for mine was flawless. I had to shave/file my bridge's wing gaps a bit to get a firm (but not too tight) friction grip for each of the two transducers. The instructions mention this possibility as well as what to do for bridge's wing gaps that are too wide for a good friction fit (the package also includes a foil-based shim material). The transducer wires are long enough for the 1/4" instrument cable jack to reach the tailpiece, where it can be secured discreetly and accessibly with the included Velcro or with a twist tie or tie wrap. The pickup's unobtrusive design does not detract from the instrument's appearance. Finally, the sound quality of the pickup is excellent, preserving the subtleties of each string in its output signal. The nuances can remain in the mix for a natural double bass sound, or be selectively EQ'd (at the amp or sound system) for drier, woodier, fatter or more "electric" sounding tones. All in all, a very impressive pickup with excellent instructions that was relatively easy to install. Highly recommended!

           
          5.0

          Great tone and good output!

          By Yatesmusic67

          from Louisville, KY

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Output Volume
          • Good Quality
          • Really Great Tone
          • True Upright Bass Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing
            • Studio Performance

            Comments about Shadow Double Side Upright Bass Professional Bridge Pickup:

            The sound of this pickup system is much better than even the higher priced models I have heard! The installation was fairly easy. The output volume was unexpectedly good. I use a pre-amp with it, but it is as loud as my fender "P" bass at input level. This was a great buy!

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