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The Realist Double Bass Transducer Pickup For Bass  (Open Box)
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Product# 473983

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
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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2.0

Too much feedback

By salsablues

from GA

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

    Cons

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        Comments about The Realist Double Bass Transducer Pickup:

        Too much feedback

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        (2 of 2 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.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Does the job I needed done

          By 007

          from Va.

          About Me Experienced

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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

            Comment on this review

            (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.

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                (3 of 3 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!

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                (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!

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                  (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.

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                  (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.

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