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K&K Sound Rockabilly Fingerboard 'Clicky' Transducer (Pickup) for Upright Bass

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Back in 1998 I talked with a lot of Rockabilly players about helping them to get THE SOUND. There was nothing out there that could deliver both a strong, feedback-resistant bass signal AND that retro or psychobilly-style fingerboard slap sound. Everybody had all kinds of stuff, expensive bits and lots of wires hanging off their basses trying to get the sound.

As a longtime bassist myself, I concentrated on coming up with an "out of the box" solution, and came up with a concept for a new pickup system - the Bass Master Rockabilly setup. Dieter Kaudel of K&K Sound responded with prototypes, and we 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 pickup is designed to deliver the fingerboard slap sound. It's a specifically-built transducer designed to be taped to the back side of your fingerboard near the top neck joint. You can purchase this fingerboard pickup separately so that you can integrate it with your existing bass pickup.

Are you adding the "Clicky" to a pickup you already have?

If you'd like to get similar functionality to the K&K Bass Master Rockabilly Setup, which features a 2-channel blending preamp with separate EQ controls for each pickup, I helped K&K Sound develop their new "Rockabilly UPGRADE System" which gives you similar functionality, but using your existing "main" pickup. It includes the two-channel preamp, the clicky pickup wired to a jack, and a separate "pigtail" that plugs into the output of the pickup you already have. Much "cleaner" than buying all the parts separately and putting them together.

Click the link for "K&K Sound Bass Master Rockabilly Upgrade System" in the related items below for a full description and ordering information!
This specially-shaped full range pickup can fit flush into the rear curvature of the board to 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! The Fingerboard Transducer has a 26" long (approx.) cable that runs down the back of your fingerboard, through an isolating piece of foam in the bridge, terminating to the usual 1/4" jack that straddles the strings below your bridge.

Given that surface mount transducers generate a lower signal than transducers under pressure (like the Bass Max, for example), a preamp will likely be necessary to boost the signal to the level needed to complement your bass sound pickup. Many players will choose one of the two channel preamps we offer, like the Dual Channel Pro, to mix their bass and fingerboard pickups. See all your options by clicking on Preamps in the menu, or check out options shown below in the related products.

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Got my k&k RAB (Rockabilly) setup today and wow Bob the bass max is everything you said it was and more. The adjustability of the fingerboard pickup phenomenal! Top notch buying experience thank you.
geoff b. 2/27/10