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The Realist Double Bass Transducer Pickup  For Bass

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Designed by Ned Steinberger in collaboration with David Gage. A flexible element fits under the bridge foot so that it picks up sound from both the b...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 04-02-2017

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Designed by Ned Steinberger in collaboration with David Gage. A flexible element fits under the bridge foot so that it picks up sound from both the bridge and top plate. Produces a rich and powerful response that is acoustically true for both pizz and arco without adjusting controls. No preamp necessary. Easy installation-just plug it in.


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The RealistDouble Bass Transducer Pickup
 
4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Improves sound (5)
  • Functional (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Tone, No Feedback!

By GG

from Huntington, NY USA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Better Location Of Pickup
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Difficult To Remove

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Performances

Comments about The Realist Double Bass Transducer Pickup:

I LOVE this pickup! I had the Fishman BP-100 for years and ALWAYS hated it. Tinny as hell and it constantly fed back even though I used several different pre-amps. You could never get a decent tone because you had to roll off all the highs and most of the mids. Recently I was in a music store and heard someone playing the cello version of this pickup. I LOVED the tone, and I like the bass version just as much. For the first time I get the "GROWL" you want from your string bass. I also finally get a good bowed sound. It has a nice warm midrange and well-defined high frequencies - a very natural sound. I can turn it up to a decent volume onstage and not have to worry about feedback. I'm so happy - Two C-notes well-spent!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent upgrade

By PTJQBASS

from Upstate NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about The Realist Double Bass Transducer Pickup:

      I am a working musician- jazz, orch pits, etc. I got the Realist to see if it worked better on my Kay bass than the K&K sound max (I have a Fishman Full-Circle on my other Kay). I A/B'ed them and the Realist sounded significantly better- warmer, and more authentic than the K&K, and I like it better than the Fishman. I actually enjoy playing the bass more. Installation a bit of work, but not too bad, and plugging into the pick up is not as secure as I would like- but small details. So far, my favorite pick-up of the three mentioned above by a significant margin.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Quick installation, natural sound

      By Excalibur

      from Orlando FL

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about The Realist Double Bass Transducer Pickup:

        Very reasonable price, awesome bag for the buck. I had it professionally installed and it only took about 10 mins. Easy to transfer from bass to bass. No extra pieces needed, just plug it right into your amp.
        It sounds like an upright bass through my MarkBass Amp. I can't wait to gig with it.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        works like a dream

        By db

        from San Diego

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy to install
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Sound
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about The Realist Double Bass Transducer Pickup:

            Was a breeze to install and has great sound.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love my Realist pick!

            By Bass Rocket

            from Collierville Tn.

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to install
            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about The Realist Double Bass Transducer Pickup:

              I own a '52 Epiphone upright that I had installed a cheap pickup on. The sound was real thin or tinny, so I did tons of research and finally bit the bullet and purchased the Realist. I love the tone and overall sound. It was easy to install and hardly noticeable. I was pleased with overall purchase as I have been in the past from Musicians Friend. Thanks!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Wonderful

              By Isaac

              from Cheyenne, WY

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Warm Natural Sound

              Cons

              • I Did Need A Small Pre-am

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts

              Comments about The Realist Double Bass Transducer Pickup:

              After using it on the 1st gig, band members and listeners alike said that it sounded like there was no amplification, just a natural sound that balanced in the big band.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Does the job I needed done

              By charlie

              from McGaheysville Va.

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about The Realist Double Bass Transducer Pickup:

                Does just what I bought it to do

                 
                5.0

                Excellent product, sounds great

                By Capitol B

                from North Carolina

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about The Realist Double Bass Transducer Pickup:

                  I've tried several pickups, and this is by far, the best I have found. Sounds good with or without preamp.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Too much feedback

                  By salsablues

                  from GA

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Comments about The Realist Double Bass Transducer Pickup:

                  Too much feedback

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