David Gage Realist Docking Station
UNIVERSAL: Works with Upright Bass Pickups from All Manufacturers!
This new (May 2012) jack clip for upright bass pickups is an elegant solution to an issue that has bothered bassists for a long time: where do you mount the jack for your pickup? Many other options have been available for a while, from string-mounted clips, to assorted plastic hardware that mounts through the tailpiece holes. Some pickups use a plastic loop that requires you to remove the string and thread it through - kind of a pain.
I first saw a prototype of this nifty new gadget at NAMM in January; they spent some time refining and perfecting it, and now it's finally available!
Non-permanent, and requiring no modifications to your instrument, it's a clean and simple way to mount your pickup's output to the bass -- finally, a pickup jack that doesn't look "hack!" Featuring a very nicely crafted metal housing, it incorporates a string slot which slips behind (not AROUND) the ball ends of your low strings -- you just need to loosen them, NOT remove them -- and it unobtrusively sits behind the tailpiece. It has an integrated "plug" which you plug into the ¼" output jack of your pickup, and its standard ¼" output jack accepts standard instrument (guitar) cables, just like you've always used.
It's not just a "jack holder," though.
Also incorporated onto the Docking Station: A special volume control. For those who don't care (or need) to use an external preamp, it's really nice to have a volume control handy on the bass, so you don't have to drag your bass over to the amp to make an on-the-fly adjustment. But if you don't want or need to use it, it is a "Jack-PotTM" (developed by NS Design, and also incorporated into the latest NXT basses). Turning the knob "to eleven" clicks the volume control completely out of the circuit, meaning that the volume pot is no longer creating an impedance load on the output! Clever.
So, you've got real options with the new Docking Station. It's an elegant method for mounting your output jack, includes a "smart" volume control with true bypass, and features quality construction - ensuring years of trouble-free service.
Notes: This product works with any string-bass pick-up. It is a "Universal Volume Attenuator" and it can be used with products from other manufacturers (as well as with the Realist pickups). Your output jack may need to be modified slightly - for instance, the K&K Pickups have the string mount widgets on the jack, which will need to be removed (this is easily done - check out our FAQ with pictures and everything!). No batteries required, it's a passive device (it is NOT a preamplifier).
IMPORTANT: This Docking Station will not work with multi-pickup setups like the K&K Bass Master Pro, Bass Master Rockabilly, or Golden Trinity Systems, as they use TRS (Stereo) cables to carry each pickup's signal separately - this will only work with individual pickups.