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Krivo Magnetic Upright Bass Pickup (2020 model, includes bonus Jack Mount)

         Manufactured by: Krivo Pick-ups


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  $229.00  

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The COVID-19 pandemic has people understandably highly concerned. With abundant cautionary procedures, the bassists at Gollihur Music are still maintaining our normal (online) business hours and shipping out orders every weekday.

Since we are not a "bricks and mortar" store, we are not affected by mandatory retail closures. There are just two of us here at the shop, and we have temporarily put a halt to in-person appointments to limit any chance of exposure. We are taking appropriate measures to protect ourselves and our customers from any possible infection. We're confident that we can continue to provide you with your bass needs through this complex time.

Do note that some of our suppliers have been suspending or limiting operations, though, so some products may be a little less available. But we are well stocked with the bass-ics!

Krivo Pick-Ups is a small, homegrown company building handmade pickups in the USA (Portland, Oregon).

NEW FOR 2020
Always looking to improve these pickups, as of January 2020, Jason has created a new mounting system. The 2020 Krivo pickup for upright bass now mounts on ANY bass with a heavy duty but lightweight brass L-bracket (no modification to bass is required: bracket attaches with included 3M™ Dual-Lock fastener). The new mounting system enables the Krivo to fit even basses with a very thin or even curved "cutaway" style fingerboards. The new mount keeps the pickup securely attached even with very forceful and aggressive playing—great for rockabilly and psychobilly players. Of course, it still includes our bonus items (like our jack mounting kit.)

The Krivo humbucking bass pickup is a very good alternative to piezo-based pickups for players who play in high-volume situations, or who have stage setups that are particularly susceptible to feedback problems. A magnetic pickup is largely unaffected by the sort of vibration that causes "rumbling" or "humming" feedback with piezo pickups, and also doesn't pick up sound out of the air, so it doesn't suffer from the "screeching" feedback that microphones often do.

Krivo has developed (and continued to refine) this pickup over the last several years, and improvements have made it sound "woodier" and less electric, as well as silenced the noise levels and electrical hum. In 2017, the pickup's size and weight was greatly reduced, and in 2016, major improvements to noise specs were introduced. We've carried the Krivo since 2010, and at that time it had been updated with a special combination of ceramic and neodymium magnets for clarity, warmth, and higher output than other magnetic upright bass pickups. It also uses easily adjustable (hex wrench) pole pieces to easily achieve even string response. And the current pickup is virtually noise-free.

Since it's a magnetic pickup, no external preamp is needed, since most (pretty much all) bass amps are designed to accept magnetic pickup input with no additional "buffering" needed. A preamp certainly could be used, if only to provide useful tone-shaping - and a handy volume control on/near the bass - but it certainly isn't required.

What the heck are "Optimized Microphonics"?

For most magnetic pickups (for electric guitar or bass), "microphonic" isn't usually a good thing. It was more common in the old days - if something inside the pickup was free to vibrate (like windings that are a little loose), and was attached to the magnets in the pickup, it could vibrate in concert with sound waves that hit it. Because of this, on some old basses and guitars, you can shout into a pickup and actually hear your voice faintly through the amp, as if through a microphone - hence the name.

Nowadays, most pickups are fully "potted" (soaked/filled with epoxy, wax, or some other material) to prevent this sort of thing. However, Krivo - based on extensive "trial and error" development - specially hand-winds each coil with a controlled variation of both fused and loose windings. Each individual coil is then hand "sealed" (rather than soaked or potted) in a special mixture. Krivo thereby uses controlled microphonics to actually encourage a certain amount of this electro-acoustic effect, which (I can only assume) is what creates a less "sterile" or "electric" element to the sound.
The drawback (usually) for magnetic pickups is that they usually sound more "electric" since they are getting their signal directly from the strings; they're not really putting the wood (and resonant cavity) of your upright into the sonic equation. However, Krivo has taken steps to provide a more woody, fat tone from the pickup. It uses wooden casing parts, custom "scatterwound" coils, and what Krivo calls "Optimized Microphonics."
(more info)

These features, and the pickup's overall design, all combine to create a tone that is less "electric" and a good bit more "organic" than one would expect from a magnetic pickup.

Side benefit: It also provides a bit more sound from the fingerboard, meaning that rockabilly slap players will even get a bit more of the fingerboard "click" sound that so many of them are after. And if you couple this pickup with a fingerboard transducer, your sound will really begin to click!

The big, round sound from the Krivo pickup can work particularly well for slapstyle, rockabilly, bluegrass, Latin music, and modern jazz. It's not the most natural sound you can get with a pickup, but it could possibly be the most natural sound you can get with a magnetic pickup.
  • Entirely hand built
  • No preamp needed!
  • Neodymium magnets for high output and clarity
  • Premium Mogami cable inside and out
  • High-quality Switchcraft connectors and Mogami cable
  • Adjustable polepieces for perfect string balance
  • Hand-fed scatterwound coils are fully Humbucking and noise-free
  • Proprietary "Optimized Microphonics" winding process picks up Slap fingerboard resonances while maintaining feedback resistance
  • Easy non-invasive mounting with included 3M dual lock fastener and quick release jack mount
  • Designed to match most ebony or ebonized fingerboards; profiled to match the curvature for an almost "seamless" look
  • Includes BONUS Gollihur Music Tailpiece Mount for output jack
  • Two year full parts and labor warranty from the manufacturer, based in Portland, OR, USA


Note that these pickups are hand-crafted in Oregon, USA!

EXCLUSIVE 7-Day Trial Period
Unsure whether this pickup will be perfect for your needs? You won't get stuck with it.

If you purchase the Krivo Pickup at Gollihur Music, you have a seven day trial period, starting on the day you receive the pickup, during which you may return the pickup, in new condition, for a full refund, minus our outgoing shipping costs and a small transaction fee to cover credit card processing, if applicable. Returns must be preauthorized; a restocking fee applies if the unit is not returned in new condition (you are permitted to use the 3M Dual Lock fastener tape to mount the pickup, it will be replaced with a new piece).


It's also important to note that you must use strings with considerable magnetic (ferrous) content in their core (not just their windings) in order to use a magnetic pickup like the Krivo.
Strings reported to be GOOD for magnetic pickup use:
  • Eurosonics
  • Pirastro Original Flexocore
  • Thomastik Spirocores
  • Corelli 370 (I can vouch for these)
  • Innovation Polychrome -- though they have a synthetic core, the strings have enough steel in them to "register" on a magnetic pickup. They do have lower output than steel strings, but they work.
  • Jargar dolce
  • D'Addario Helicore-- (Note: though I have my concerns with the E string; seems as if its response is somewhat lower than the other strings, at least the Orchestra and Hybrids I tried seemed that way.)
  • D'Addario Zyex -- though they have a synthetic core, the strings have enough steel in them to "register" on a magnetic pickup. They do have lower output than steel strings, but they work.
Strings reported to be NOT GOOD for magnetic pickup use:
  • Pirastro Obligatos (minimal metallic content)
  • Pirastro Evah Pirazzis (minimal metallic content)
  • LaBella Supernils (no metallic content)
  • All Innovation Strings - except PolyChromes (no metallic content)
  • Gut strings (insufficent or no metallic content)


Please email me with your own string experiences so I can share them with other players.



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Grace Design FELiX - Two Channel Blending Preamp

This item is made in USA!The FELiX is a studio-grade blending/switching two-channel preamp built into a road-worthy floor unit. Truly boutique-level audio quality, with tons of thoughtful, pro features. You just gotta read the whole description...

From $1,075.00

Planet Waves Humiditrak - Humidity/Temp/Shock monitor with Bluetooth and Smartphone App
Planet Waves Humiditrak - Humidity/Temp/Shock monitor with Bluetooth and Smartphone App

Monitoring the humidity and temperature in your "bass room" is vital to the long-term health of your bass. This tiny unit can be placed in a room, in a case, or even on your quiver - and links to your smartphone using Bluetooth, keeping you informed of the environment your bass is in...

$50.00

Upright Bass Setup Template/Gauge
Upright Bass Setup Template/Gauge

Handy! Speed up the time it takes to set up a bass using this nifty 6-way template. Bridge arch, string height, string spacing (bridge/nut) fingerboard radius, and hair gauge, all in one handy, lightweight gauge. Available in pizz/jazz and arco/classical setup models.

From $17.00

Adjusters for Upright Bass Bridges (Assorted)
Adjusters for Upright Bass Bridges (Assorted)

Want to have the convenience of adjusters on your bass bridge? We have a few options for adjusters; aluminum one- and two-piece adjusters, as well as deluxe ebony (wood) adjusters. These are excellent quality adjusters that can be used to "convert" a fixed bridge to an adjustable, or upgrade an existing adjustable to better quality.

From $22.75

Arco Clip Hook - Bow Hook for Stand or Belt
Arco Clip Hook - Bow Hook for Stand or Belt

This well-designed, time-tested product is created and hand-built by Steve Berry of Great Britain, and exclusively available at Gollihur Music. Its clever design allows you to safely hook a bow on your music stand, or your belt/pocket, to prevent it from falling to the floor and being damaged.

$24.95

Bass Bow Hook for Music or Instrument Stand by K&M
Bass Bow Hook for Music or Instrument Stand by K&M

An upgrade to our plastic stand clip, this steel hook holds your bow about 4.5" out from a music stand OR instrument stand - even a stool leg. Keep your bows safe, people...

$19.95

Carbon Fiber ARTIST Double Bass Bow
Carbon Fiber ARTIST Double Bass Bow

I held off getting a mid-range carbon fiber bow for a long time; I was waiting for the quality to go up (and the prices to come down.) Now, I've found this wonderful bow, which is quite well-appointed, nicely balanced, and very finely haired. With a warm brown color and woven carbon fiber finish, it's traditional meets high-tech - and with a comfortable, familiar feel, you can get right to work with it.

From $349.00

Electronic Clip On Musical Instrument Tuner -- NS Micro Universal
Electronic Clip On Musical Instrument Tuner -- NS Micro Universal

This tiny tuner has dual swivels for incredibly flexible mounting, and picks up the E string better than most any other clip-on we've tried. Changes color (red/yellow/green) to indicate "in-tune" status, and even has a built-in visual metronome!

$18.00

Euphonic Audio Doubler Mark II Bass Amplifier
Euphonic Audio Doubler Mark II Bass Amplifier

This item is made in USA!The NEW EA Doubler improves on the original amp's generous feature set and bumps up the wattage, too!
The 2-channel Doubler delivers up to 625 watts and has an updated look with other new improvements...

$895.00

Grace Design ALiX - One Channel Preamp
Grace Design ALiX - One Channel Preamp

This item is made in USA!The little brother to FELiX, ALiX is a top-shelf preamp built into a pedal that can handle any gig situation. truly high-end, with amazing sound and all the right bells and whistles. You just gotta read the whole description...

From $695.00

KNA DB-1 Wood-Encased Upright Bass Pickup for Bridge Wing
KNA DB-1 Wood-Encased Upright Bass Pickup for Bridge Wing

This new bridge wing pickup is the easiest wing pickup to install; no complicated fitment, no tools, no hassle (on almost every bass). And it has a warm, full-bodied sound. Excellent for the traveling bassist, or someone who needs to be able to quickly and easily remove the pickup.

$99.00

Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Slap (aka 'Gold') Gut/Synthetic Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Slap (aka 'Gold') Gut/Synthetic Upright Bass Strings

NOT JUST FOR SLAPPERS! Pirastro really did their homework with the Evah Pirazzi Slap string. It has the soft feel and the prominent "click" that many rockabilly and psychobilly slappers are looking for, but it's also great for standard pizz playing, as well, with a real organic vibe. And the strings even bow really well! G and D strings available in plain gut OR synthetic core. Balance from string to string is exemplary; whether you're talking about tone or feel, you don't notice at all when you move from string to string. More than just a slap string!

Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)

From $227.98

Rockabilly Bass - Slap Technique by Johnny Hatton
Rockabilly Bass - Slap Technique by Johnny Hatton

This item is made in USA!Finally, a comprehensive method for the slap bassist. Learn to play from famed Brian Setzer orchestra's Johnny Hatton!

$19.99

Shadow SH RB-PRO Rockabilly Pro Pickup/Preamp System
Shadow SH RB-PRO Rockabilly Pro Pickup/Preamp System

This new complete pickup/preamp package for Rockabilly features a dual-pickup system along with a very well-designed blending preamp. The system is designed specifically to get the sound that incorporates the distinct "click" that is so desirable for rockabilly slap playing; but it can also be used for gigs where a more conventional sound is needed. The preamp even incorporates a built-in tuner, among other very useful features. Easy to install, and the preamp even mounts directly to the tailpiece!

$299.95

Bow Clip for Music Stand
Bow Clip for Music Stand

Never just lay your bow on the lip of your music stand. I take several calls a month for people who need a new bow because theirs crashed to the floor during a rehearsal. This clip is simple, inexpensive, and effective...

$6.95

K&M Professional Folding Music Stand
K&M Professional Folding Music Stand

Our Deluxe Heavy Duty Folding Music Stand is primo - but expensive. Here's a less-expensive model that's really sturdy, has a large desk that can actually hold a real book without swaying, and will hold up to years of use.

From $89.99

Lightweight Travel Hard-side CASE for 3/4 size Upright Bass
Lightweight Travel Hard-side CASE for 3/4 size Upright Bass

A large, oversized case like this will certainly offer more protection than a gig bag, but it's not exactly practical for most "in-town" gigging. But if you're on a tour bus, traveling with a band -- or someone else is packing the van -- this might be a good way to protect your investment...

$815.00

Super Sensitive Fine Instrument Compact Polishing Kit
Super Sensitive Fine Instrument Compact Polishing Kit

Great for touch-ups, this compact polish kit includes a 1oz. bottle of polish, an application sponge, and a fine cloth to get a clear, attractive finish. Get it for only $5 with any order over $500!

$13.50

NS Design Radius Bass Guitars
NS Design Radius Bass Guitars

The NS Radius bass is a revolution in comfort, playability, and design. Coming from the mind of Ned Steinberger, this is hardly a surprise. Available in WAV and custom models. Definitely awesome!

From $999.00

Flight Cases for Acoustic Image Combos and Speakers
Flight Cases for Acoustic Image Combos and Speakers

We've finally sourced custom cases, specially made for traveling/touring with your Acoustic Image combos. Lightweight, ATA-style cases for 1x10 and 2x10 AI combo models are available!

From $439.00

Pre-Fitted Select Grade Fixed Bridge for Double Bass, 3/4 size
Pre-Fitted Select Grade Fixed Bridge for Double Bass, 3/4 size

These deluxe "fixed" bridges are made of a select grade of densely-grained maple, and are pre-slotted, thinned, and more closely configured for fitting to your bass...

$101.50

Acoustic Image Series 4PLUS CLARUS SL and SL-R instrument amplifier
Acoustic Image Series 4PLUS CLARUS SL and SL-R instrument amplifier

This item is made in USA!The new versions of an old favorite -- the Clarus SL and Clarus SL-R are scaled-down, one-channel versions of the popular Clarus amp head; with tiny size and a smaller price tag, it could be irresistible...
• 650w/4ohms • 7.2" x 7.4" x 2.1" • less than 3 lbs.

From $599.00

ATA Flight Case for NS Design Basses
ATA Flight Case for NS Design Basses

Are you traveling by air/train/trailer with your NS Bass? The gig bag just ain't going to cut it. A flight case is a necessity for keeping your axe in one playable piece, and Gollihur Music has had this one custom-made just for players like you. Suitable for NS Design NXT, WAV4, CR and EU model basses, it accommodates the bass, stand, and gig bag in ATA-style protection. Heavy-duty hardware and plywood frame ensure safe travel for your precious instrument.

$439.00

Dean Pace Contra - Solid-Body Electric Upright Bass
Dean Pace Contra - Solid-Body Electric Upright Bass

This is not the "Pace" bass that is a flat-fingerboard toy -- the Dean Pace Contra Bass is their newer, truer, compact upright bass. This one has a properly arched fingerboard (totally bowable!) and true 3/4 scale string length. This is a legitimate option for a budget-friendly portable bass. Even has a headphone jack for silent practice, and a MP3/CD accessory input jack to jam along with your favorite tunes!

$729.00

Electric Cellos by NS Design
Electric Cellos by NS Design

NS Design makes a full complement of electric cellos; the NXTa is the more affordable model, with the CR model adding features and top-level fit and finish. Even models with frets! Check them out...

From $1,599.00

Electric Violins by NS Design
Electric Violins by NS Design

The electric violins from NS Design are quickly becoming a standard. And there are plenty of options, even fretted models...

From $649.00

Replacement Rubber Pads (Arm Covers) for Ingles SA-22 Stand for Double Bass
Replacement Rubber Pads (Arm Covers) for Ingles SA-22 Stand for Double Bass

Use your SA22 stand a lot? Sometimes the pads on the lower arms can wear out. Replace them with this kit!

$14.50

SB112 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier (1x12, 200w)
SB112 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier (1x12, 200w)

This bigger brother to the SB110 is great if you're on a budget but need an amp with more "guts" for louder stages! Eminence driver, real plywood (no MDF!), very good sound for URB and "slab" bass. And made in Canada!

$499.00

SPECIAL EDITION Gollihur Exclusive NXTa Active Traditional Bass by NS Design
SPECIAL EDITION Gollihur Exclusive NXTa Active Traditional Bass by NS Design

Leave it to Gollihur Music to make the NXT a more viable stand-in for a real upright! All the upgrades for "traditional" sound have already been done for you - and we had them finished in a super-cool Gollihur-exclusive color! LIMITED QUANTITIES!

From $1,899.00

Fishman Platinum Pro-EQ Analog Preamplifier with Tuner, Boost
Fishman Platinum Pro-EQ Analog Preamplifier with Tuner, Boost

Great new features and cosmetics in this replacement for the B-II and Pro-EQ II preamplifiers - switchable instrument mode changes the EQ points, new boost and phase... a real pocket powerhouse!

From $319.95

Fishman Platinum Stage Analog Preamplifier
Fishman Platinum Stage Analog Preamplifier

This new replacement to the long running Pro-EQ Platinum models combines the functionality and adds TONS more useful features, including a notch filter, phase control, high-end DI, and more

From $159.95

Ray Brown – Legendary Jazz Bassist - Transcription Book
Ray Brown – Legendary Jazz Bassist - Transcription Book

This item is made in USA!Fantastic transcriptions of some of Ray Brown's best-loved arrangements...

$18.49

Gollihur Music Beanie Hat (aka Skullcap)
Gollihur Music 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...

$14.95

Acoustic Image FLEX 2-Channel Preamplifier (Stand-mountable, Series 4+)
Acoustic Image FLEX 2-Channel Preamplifier (Stand-mountable, Series 4+)

The new FLEX Preamp offers incredibly flexible inputs and outputs, 2-channels (microphone OR instrument level) with new 4-band EQ and more great features than I can describe here - check out the full description!
• 2.5 lbs.

$629.00