EBS Stanley Clarke Acoustic Preamp review

This Clarke-endorsed preamp for upright bass is a rare find

EBS Stanley Clarke Acoustic Preamp
(Image: © EBS)

Guitar World Verdict

Well built, impeccable design – a must-have for upright bass players.


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    Excellent blending possibilities at all volume levels.

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The challenges of successfully replicating the complex sound of a double bass through a PA system or amplifier are substantial. Whether trying to coax an authentic tone out of a nasal-sounding piezo pickup, or struggling to be heard over a drummer, the double bass corner of the stage can be hard work in sonic terms. This is where EBS’s new preamp steps in. 

As double bassists already know, the market is hardly overcrowded with preamps that work well for our instrument. The Grace Felix is the standard, but at over twice the cost of the unit we’re testing today, it will be prohibitively expensive for many of us. The Headway EDB2 has been the more affordable choice – until now.  

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