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The Realist Lifeline Piezo Double Bass Pickup   

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The Realist Upright Bass Pickup consists of a piezo in a flexible copper housing that fits between the top of your double bass and the E string bridg...Read More

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Versatile, great-sounding bass transducer.

The Realist Upright Bass Pickup consists of a piezo in a flexible copper housing that fits between the top of your double bass and the E string bridge foot. The Realist acoustic transducer was designed by Ned Steinberger in collaboration with the well-known NYC-based luthier David Gage.

Co-designer David Gage's thoughts: "Recognizing the limitations of microphones and traditional piezo transducers, Ned and I decided that for the working musician things could and should be better. We felt a transducer should be equal in its ability to recreate an acoustic pizzicato and arco sound through commonly used amplifiers. Furthermore, this pick-up had to be simple, dependable, and affordable. After years of consideration and tests, we have come up with a system that achieves all of these goals.

The Realist understands the hours of practice it takes to draw your sound out of your instrument, and with this pick-up your voice can be heard more accurately through an amplifier. Both recording engineers and professional musicians have been startled by the great tone and even response when playing pizzicato and arco. Finally, you can play both pizz and arco without having to play with your controls."

FEATURES
  • Great sound
  • High output
  • Rich, powerful response
  • Great for fingered, plucked or arco

Order today and join the legions of discriminating bassists who embrace thew Realist solution.

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The RealistLifeline Piezo Double Bass Pickup
 
4.5

(based on 4 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (4)
  • Good quality (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

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3.0

good when bowing

By bottom dweller

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about The Realist Lifeline Piezo Double Bass Pickup:

    Bought to replace RS bridge wing pickup due to feedback issues. On my Engelhart Swing Master, this pickup feeds back just the same as the RS. The sound is a bit muddier than the RS as the highs have to be rolled off to try to mitigate feedback. I play with a very loud big band and am unable to get sufficient volume with pickup alone. Need to use a pre-amp, even with the Lifeline. Lifeline picks up bowing much better than the RS.

     
    5.0

    Great piezo

    By Jerzbass

    from New York area

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Fairly Natural Tone
    • Functional
    • Good Gain Before Feedback
    • Good Quality
    • Great For High Volume

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • High Stage Volume
      • When Mic Isn't Feasible

      Comments about The Realist Lifeline Piezo Double Bass Pickup:

      This is a really well designed pickup. It replaced my 15-year-old original copper Realist pick-up. The old one still works, but I wanted to try this newer design since it doesn't sit between the bridge foot and the top plate of the bass. As someone who uses a microphone when at all possible, I would say this Lifeline is the best option when necessary. It's a fairly round, warm sound and I think it's somewhat nicer than most other pick ups I've tried over the years. As I increase volume I EQ the mid range down somewhat and cut the boomy ultra-low frequencies with my amp's high pass filter. Great results, at least thru my Acoustic Image series 3 Coda. I think this pick up has much less harshness than others when played at medium to loud volumes.

       
      5.0

      Works great and easy to instal

      By Hutch

      from Houston

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about The Realist Lifeline Piezo Double Bass Pickup:

        I was conserned about installing the piece upside down as there were no instructions in my box. But, It must be right as the sound is fantastic.

         
        5.0

        lifeline pickup

        By Alansparks1125

        from Fort Collins, CO

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about The Realist Lifeline Piezo Double Bass Pickup:

          The is a great pickup. Very easy to install and use. No need for a pre-amp. You can just plug in and play. I play of a acoustic bass amp and a GK115

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