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Bass Master Rockabilly Upgrade System

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"Rockabilly/Country Slap Special"
Bass Master RB UPGRADE System

Add Rockabilly "Click" to Your Existing Double Bass Pickup

Back in 1998, after speaking with a lot of Rockabilly players about helping them to get THE SOUND for Rockabilly slap, Bob came up with a concept for a new pickup system using K&K Sound's compact two channel preamp and excellent transducers. Dieter Kaudel of K&K Sound responded with prototypes, and together they came up with the first pickup system specifically created to serve the need of Rockabilly, Country, Bluegrass, and even Jazz players who need to convey the slap and other fingerboard sounds -- complete with commanding bass signal. This custom creation combined the strong, established Bass Max wing pickup with a unique fingerboard transducer, letting you EQ them separately and mix their output using a tiny two-channel preamp. The Bass Master Rockabilly Plus System continues to be an all-time favorite for getting the full bass tone AND the prominent "click" that aggressive slap-style players crave.

It's not uncommon, though, for a player to already have a "regular" pickup they like to use. Previously, if you wanted to add the "clicky" pickup (a transducer mounted on the back of the fingerboard) to a pickup you already have, it's been possible - but a little "clunky." We sell the fingerboard pickup separately, and you can get a 2-channel preamp to blend - but you end up with a bit of a tangle of wires.

We've recently worked with Dieter again, this time to create the new (March 2013) Bass Master Rockabilly UPGRADE System, which streamlines the process of adding the clicky pickup and Rockabilly PLUS preamp to your existing pickup, making it simple (and a whole lot more elegant.) Whether you have a Bass Max, or even some other pickup from another manufacturer (magnetic pickup, anyone?) you can finally get the Rockabilly sound without a rat's nest of wiring.

  • As before, your fingerboard slap is distinctly delivered by a purpose-built transducer, designed to be taped to the back side of your fingerboard near the top neck joint. This specially-shaped full range pickup can fit flush into the curvature and will capture as much of those percussive and warm sounds as you like. As I experimented with our prototypes, I found fascinating differences in tonal responses and resonances depending on the location of the transducer; tonal variations were apparent when placing the pickup above, at the edge, and below the area where the back of the fingerboard transitions from straight to scooped out. Extra tape is provided so you can experiment, and achieve exactly the type of response you want - from that Bill Black click to a fat thunk. Complete instructions and advice are included to help you find your own personal sweet spot! Once in place, a length of cable runs down the back of your fingerboard, through a piece of foam in the center of your bridge, joining the Bass Max at a three-conductor output jack held between a pair of strings.

  • Also coming out of that jack is a separate short cable, which has a plug that you connect to the output of your current pickup. Thus, your pickup and the slap pickup are combined in the stereo output jack. A quality five-foot three-conductor cable is provided to convey the individual signals of each pickup to the preamp.

  • The special Two Channel Preamp (included) has a belt clip, for easy availability and balancing on the job, and it measures a mere 3.5 x 2.9 x 1.3 inches. Some guys even attach theirs to the bass' tailpiece along with their wireless! (see mounting kit below) This tiny 10 ounce preamp has separate bass, midrange, treble, and gain trimmers on the inside for each channel, with volume controls on the outside. This lets you fine tune the nature of the response you want from each pickup, and then dial in just the right balance of bass signal and slap sounds. The special output options let you blend the two transducers to one output, or send the EQ'd and matched signals to separate outputs for independent external effecting or multiple amps. (See below for details).


The specialized preamp expands your output options; when you use the regular output jack, both the Bass and Slap transducers are mixed to that single output. However, when you plug a second 1/4" cable into the center jack, the Bass pickup emerges from one and the Slap from the other, allowing you to send the slap to another device, like guitar amp with reverb for special effects, to the PA board, or another amp... whatever you like. Here are examples:
Option #1 - the preamp acts as a blender, with two completely separate sets of bass, midrange, and treble controls, and volume controls for mixing your original pickup and the Fingerboard Slap pickup sounds. The mono output on the left goes to your amp, PA, etc.
Option #2 - the preamp acts as a stereo preamp, with two completely separate sets of bass, midrange, and treble controls, and volume controls, with separate outputs for your pickup and the Fingerboard Slap pickup. Back in the day, before such systems existed, players would use two separate pickups, one for the bass sound and a second transducer or mic for the fingerboard slap sound. Since few bass amps have two channels, they'd often use a second, smaller guitar-type amp with reverb for the slap alone, or send it to the PA. You can emulate this, or if you want, send the separate bass and slap signals to a PA board where your PA tech can balance the two.




Bass Master Rockabilly UPGRADE
Complete instructions are included to help you optimize the pickup system to best suit your personal style. This is the upgrade version of the Bass Master Rockabilly PLUS system.

YOU MUST SUPPLY the "MAIN" PICKUP for this to be a complete system.




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