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We Are the Family Music Shop Dedicated to the Upright Bass.

Since 1997, we've proudly offered a varied line of Pickups and Microphones, Preamps, and Amplifiers for Double Bass at very good prices. Over the years, we've added Upright and Electric Upright Basses, Parts, Strings, Cases and Stands, Bows, and many other useful, quality products for bass players.

You benefit from shopping with us because our experience and focus means that you get real answers to your questions, from bassists! You can see that our product descriptions are in-depth and detailed, because they are most often based on our own use of the gear, rather than the generic "manufacturer blurbs" you'll find on most other websites. We only carry gear that we would (and often DO) confidently use ourselves: anything we consider selling has to pass the "Bob & Mark Test" -- or you won't see it here.

Our secure website is available 24 hours a day for your ordering ease. And we're committed to keeping products in stock; we ship most orders within 24 hours of being placed (excepting weekends and holidays, of course), and provide you with tracking and post-purchase support. And our many "extras" - like installation guides, product-specific tips, and even cool BASS stickers for your car - are included at no charge!


And we're more than just a store.

The Gollihur Music crew is happy to offer lots of useful, free resources on this website.

Finally, QUESTIONS are always welcome, whether you are buying stuff or not! We're all in the same boat, and if we don't know the answer ourselves, we'll try to point you in the right direction.

Bob's Blog

Some Random Gig Tips
Every once in a while, I like to share little random tips I've come up with over the years. Some help you keep track of your stuff, others can save your bacon on a gig. For your enjoyment, and hopefully edification, here is the latest collection (some of these are from Mark and Chris as well.)
  • I love the little Avery 05422 (1/2" x 1 3/4") removable self-adhesive labels (or Staples generic equivalent). I jot dates for batteries (9v 4/2/13) and string change dates and stick them on preamps and other electronic devices, the backs of e-bass headstocks, reference settings on amps, preamps, and pedals, etc. They peel off easily and don't leave marks or residue IME. Been using them for years, pick up a pack, they rock. (Non-musical bonus tip: stick one to your credit card and jot down the current rebate categories so you use the right card for that extra cash-back.)
  • Similar to the above, whenever I get a new piece of gear that has a "wall wart" power supply, I immediately get out my silver paint marker (it's like a "SharpieTM" but with silver paint ink) and write the name of the unit directly on the power supply. I must have dozens of these AC/DC adapters floating around in various gig bags and closets, and if I didn't mark them, I'd go crazy trying to match them up when needed.
  • It can always be a good idea to recheck the contents of your gig bag, especially if it's been a while since your last performance. It sucks to discover that your forgot to put something back that you borrowed for another use. For a list of gig bag contents and philosophy, see our FAQ on What to Bring to a Gig.
  • My "preflight gig check," after unpacking my bass post-transit, is:
    1. look at the bridge to be sure it is centered and a perfect 90 degrees, since it can get bumped;
    2. check the pickup, wire, and jack (depending on the bass and pickup I'm using) for proper positioning and stability;
    3. be sure the endpin is out a the right height and tight (I'm short so it's not always retracted during travel)
    4. listen for physical buzzes or vibrations that might be annoying and/or amplified
  • I never assume that the sound engineer at a gig will actually have all the gear that every sound engineer should have at a gig. I like to carry a basic DI box (or use an amp with a good DI) and my own XLR cable, in case the engineer forgets to bring enough of his own. Nice to have backup plan B in the bag.
  • Stage volume is key. So many times I've seen bands with (at least) one player whose onstage volume is too loud. Either the drummer is hitting too hard, or the guitarist or bassist has their amp up to unneccessary levels. The problem is that there's so much volume coming from the stage, that the FOH (Front-Of-House) engineer can only try to even up the level of the other instruments to compensate. At this point, the soundman has lost control. If you have a bad mix now (and you most certainly will) it is your fault.

--Bob


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Recent News and Updates
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Recently Added Products
D'Orazio Psychobilly Spyrachrome Upright Bass Strings
D'Orazio Psychobilly Spyrachrome Upright Bass Strings
Specially tensioned and made for highly aggressive slap, but with excellent magnetic response for use with a magnetic pickup...
D'Orazio Rockabilly Ropecore Chrome-Steel Upright Bass Strings
D'Orazio Rockabilly Ropecore Chrome-Steel Upright Bass Strings
Finally, your metal-wrapped rockabilly strings are here. Get that aggressive metallic CLACK with a string that won't leave your fingertips in tatters...
LaBella 7720 Rope Core Upright Bass Strings
LaBella 7720 Rope Core Upright Bass Strings
This item is made in USA!The common construction of a stranded steel ropewound core and a chromesteel flatwound outer winding gets the LaBella treatment; affordable and playable, with light-ish tension and nice growl... SOLO Gauge Strings Available for this string Weich (light) Strings Available for this string
Gollihur Music Cap / Hat
Gollihur Music Cap / Hat
This awesome khaki-colored cap is tastefully embroidered with our familiar BASS Oval logo...
Gollihur Music Kit Beanie Hat (aka Skullcap)
Gollihur Music Kit Beanie Hat (aka Skullcap)
Baseball caps not your style? You might like our new "BASS NATION" knit beanie hat, a popular new addition to our cool bass wearables. Get a little swagger with your schwag...

Recent Customer Feedback about Gollihur Music
Recent Customer Feedback:
Mark - Got the amp(Coda+)! I've had it out on 3 gigs so far (2 jazz, one experimental rock (all 3 on DB)) and it has sounded great in each room and setting.
Joe B



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