Since 1997, we've proudly offered a varied line of Pickups and Microphones
, and Amplifiers
for Double Bass at very good prices. Over the years, we've added Upright
and Electric Upright
, 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!
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.
Breaking With Tradition.
We are very fortunate to play an instrument with a long, proud tradition. From its beginnings in (most estimate) 17th century Europe, to the more manageable, modern basses we play today, those of us whom the bass has chosen have a rich legacy to live up to. So it's natural to feel like we ought to to stick to certain conventions that we take for granted.
But sometimes it pays to think "outside the box." For instance, the subsequent development of the overwound gut string -- improving the tone, pitch, and playability of the erewhile massively
thick low strings used up to that point -- quite likely saved the double bass from extinction. Until those strings came along, the instrument was very large and difficult to play -- and the indistinct pitch of the low notes usually relegated it to simply doubling the cello line an octave down (hmmmm... "Doublebass?"). This improvement in strings alone provided access to much better-sounding lower notes, while also allowing the instrument to be resized to its more practical current dimensions (ever wonder why our modern basses are called "3/4 size"?) It all helped to evolve the bass into a legitimate instrument of its own standing.
Lots of other innovations have come along as well -- the development of steel and synthetic-based strings; less costly laminated construction techniques; useful modifications like E-string extensions and tunable afterlength tailpieces; the advent of specialized pickups and amplifiers... the list can go on forever, I'd think. We've come to a new renaissance of sorts, with all kinds of new products for the upright bass being introduced all the time. From unconventional pickups like the Ehrlund EAP Linear Microphone
, to amps like the stunning Acoustic Image Flex System
, there are plenty of revolutionary products in high-end amplification.
But there are even some innovations that are more "ground level" -- things on the instrument itself -- that can be reimagined, and possibly improved. For instance, we recently received our first shipments of the "Deuce Bass Bridge
," which surely will challenge the sensibilities of a purist -- but it is worth a look! And the clever Hipshot Freerange Extender
offers a temporary alternative to a costly, permanent E-extension.
As always, thanks for visiting, and if you come across any innovative bass thinking we should know about, let us know
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We're sponsoring the Upright Bass Slapdown!
Gollihur Music is providing the prizes for the "competitors" in the Upright Bass Slapdown
at the 2015 Heavy Rebel Weekender in Winston-Salem, NC
! "Watch and cheer as your favorite bassists play along with a hand-picked HRW rhythm section, each showing off their unique take and skills on the instrument."
The festival, now in its 15th year of bringing "rebellious" music to the fore, should be a blast -- and although we can't be there in person, we're pleased to help out with some cool Gollihur Music prizes!
NEW ITEMS in Bob's Bargain Basement
Have you visited our "Clearance" section lately? It's called "Bob's Bargain Basement
" (in honor of Bob's never-ending searches for great deals) and we've recently updated it with some cool new deals - Some B-Stock Instruments from NS Design, a couple of NEW OLD STOCK Classic Amps from EA, and much more! Check it out often, we'll be regularly adding additional products.
New Dean Pace Contra Bass - UNDER $700!
The NEW Dean Pace Contra Bass
is IN STOCK and it's a surprisingly legitimate EUB option for not a lot of money. We have them available for immediate shipment at $699 with FREE SHIPPING to the Continental US. True 3/4 scale with properly arched fingerboard, onboard preamp with headphone jack and aux input... even includes a padded case! Get 'em while they're hot!
We now have GIFT CERTIFICATES!
Can't figure out the right size/gauge/color... whatever? That's okay, you can get your favorite bassist a Gift Certificate
instead! Certificates are emailed to you directly, so you can print them out without waiting for the mail to arrive - so even if you're pressed for a last minute gift, we've got your back. Available in several denominations, no fees or hidden charges.