K&K Golden Trinity Bass Pickups
At first glance all of the upright bass pickup systems that
K&K offer are really different combinations of their single pickups,
mixed, then put into one line. The first combination here is
the Golden Bullet Bass Microphone with their Double Twin Big pickup
and their Golden Trinity Preamp/mixer. I mean, who comes up
with these names at K&K???
For ordering clarification, this system is called the Golden
Trinity Double Big Twin System. ($374 with free shipping.)
It combines a microphone and the Big Twin, (single prong adhesive
string pickups) and the mixer to blend the two pickups together.
Each pick up has some advantage: The microphone helps you
capture what your bass actually sounds like...coming out of the
bass, plus the very direct sound of the individual tabs near each
string that pick up the individual vibrations from each string on
next GT System we show here is the Golden Trinity Bass Max System.
It combines the Bass Max that fits in the bridge wing and the Golden
Bullet microphone as well. The only difference here is that
you will be using the Max instead of the Big Twin (but both
systems using same microphone). The Max tends to sound a
little less direct than the Big Twin and maybe a little warmer in
sound. The Bass Max pickup (alone) is K&K's top selling bass
pickup. The Big Twin (above) gives more individual finger
The last pickup that we show here in the Golden Trinity series is
simply, the Golden Trinity Upgrade System which is simply the
same microphone and the mixer/preamp to combine with some other
pickup on your bass. You can even plug in another brand as
well. Say you already have a nice Fishman Full Circle
or Gage Realist and you want to combine it with the K&K
getting the Upgrade part here would make sense so that you can
combine the two cords into one line and mix and combine what you
like. Microphones definitely add a different sound and
dimension to the over all amplified sound of an upright bass.
If you bow a lot, a microphone will tend to sound better since you
will be amplifying the tone and "outward" sound as it ALL comes out
of your bass, rather than the vibration that is only being picked up
from your bridge. This is why most pickups (piezo) style, tend
to be built more on picking up direct vibration from the bridge or
top, rather than the tone coming out of the f-holes. These are
pretty different in physical properties of sound and tone.
Another good point to consider with the Golden Trinity systems is
that you can mix overall sound outputs and with the preamp right
there on your bass (usually the tailpiece) all you have to do is
reach down to turn up or down any one line to get a different sound.
For instance, if want to bow some kind of solo, even in the same
concert or performance that you otherwise do not bow on, you can
quickly adjust the levels, play, then go back to your other
Go back to our
upright bass pickups page to order.