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Clef Revolution Solo & Gage Realist upright bass pickups and Gut strings

GH Services is an authorized Canadian dealer for Clef Revolution Solo and David Gage Realist acoustic upright bass pickups and transducers. Clef Revolution pickups are made in Connecticut, U.S.A. by Upton Bass Company. David Gage Realist pickups are made in New York, U.S.A. by David Gage. These pickups provide low-priced alternatives for upright bass amplification.

GH Services is located in the Niagara Region of Canada, near Toronto and the Canada-U.S. border. Owner Greg Holmes is a long-time musician, ready and able to help you with any questions you have. More about GH Services here.

Clef Revolution Solo II pickup with accessories
Clef Revolution Solo II pickup with accessories: carrying pouch, installation instructions, sandpaper, after-length damper, and RCA-to-1/4" adaptor.

Clef Revolution Solo II Pickup

The Clef Revolution Solo II transducer piezo element is embedded in a piece of German spruce. It is installed by wedging it under one of the bridge wings. Most players prefer to install it on the bass side of the bridge with the "RS" facing upwards towards the strings, but different sounds can be achieved by mounting on either side of the bridge and orienting the sensor with either side facing upwards.

The Revolution Solo Double Bass Pickup has just undergone some significant changes, resulting in the new Series II. These changes include:

The Revolution Solo II pickup comes with a male RCA-style connector attached to the pickup (as seen in the photo at right) Clef Revolution Solo pickup installed in bridge wing and a separate RCA-to-1/4" adaptor. The idea is that the RCA-to-1/4" adaptor can be permanently mounted out of sight under your tail piece (using the provided bracket), and yet the pickup itself can be removed easily. This allows players to detach the visible elements of the pickup during acoustic orchestral performances, but easily re-install the pickup for amplified jazz gigs. This pickup has a high output level, and does not require a pre-amp.

A new pickup comes approximately 7mm in thickness. Fitting it to your bridge can be accomplished by either sanding down the Revolution pickup (on the side without the "RS") and/or by increasing the space under your bridge wing. Take care to remove a little at a time, and check for a snug fit and a full tone after each adjustment. Complete instructions are included with each pickup.

Clef Revolution Solo pickup, original version
Clef Revolution Solo pickup, original version

For a limited time, we have some of the original Revolution Solo pickups (pictured at right, with a single "R" imprinted on the surface) available at a reduced price. These pickups are a good choice if you're on a budget, but still want a very good pickup. The package includes a soft pouch, installation instructions, and RCA-to-1/4" adaptor.

Note: If you make your Revolution Solo too thin during installation, you can return your pickup for a reasonably priced reconditioning service so you can try installing it again. But, due to the custom nature of the installation of this pickup, we cannot accept returns for full refund. If you are hesitant to perform your own installation, you could consider the David Gage Realist pickup, which generally requires no modifications to your bass.

Clef Gut upright bass strings
Clef Gut upright bass strings

Clef Gut Upright Bass Strings

At last, a top-quality set of gut bass strings for the upright bass is available in Canada at a reasonable price! GH Services is the exclusive supplier of these strings in Canada.

If you play bluegrass, rockabilly, or baroque music, you owe it to yourself to play on a true, full set of all gut strings. If you're a jazz player looking for that classic PC tone, then these strings are for you!

Gut strings sets are unheard of under the US$200 mark and "handcrafted" sets can cost US$400 or more! We say "handcrafted", because in reality all gut strings are handcrafted. The mutton serosa (the material lining of the sheep's intestine used to make gut strings) is too delicate to process by machine. Even the twisting has to be done by hand by experienced craftsman to properly judge the correct tension.

The Clef Gut strings are from a European craftsman using only mutton serosa. Mutton gives a lower tension, softer feel with warm rich tones. A high twist gives better tuning stability and better sustain (this is kind of a joke really as guts are known for having very low sustain).

So far, they are available only in sets of 4 strings.

Classic tone and stability - a high quality European-made gut bass string that will last.

The gut strings are the best thing to ever happen to my bass. I'm really glad they make an affordable set. They just sound so much sweeter and rich than the metal strings I had on there. Great for everything. - J.Bowskill

David Gage Realist pickup David Gage Realist Pickup

The Realist acoustic transducer was designed by Ned Steinberger in association with David Gage. A primary design goal was to create a transducer that would work equally well for pizzicato and arco through commonly used amplifiers, without requiring a pre-amp or other active, battery powered gear. David Gage Realist pickup installed under bridge foot of Eminence upright bass The copper foil sandwich construction provides shielding to eliminate hum from light fixtures and other electrical or radio interference.

The pickup is sandwiched under the bridge foot, usually on the bass side. The copper-clad element is flexible enough to conform to the curved top of your bass, so that the full pressure of the bridge can be concentrated evenly onto the piezo surface. Before installing, make sure your bridge foot contacts the top surface fully. The 1/4" output jack is mounted to the underside of the tailpiece.

Some players have indicated that the Realist caused indentations in the top surface of the instrument. These indentations are usually visible under the lead wire that attaches along the side of the transducer. The indentations are only visible when the Realist is removed, and are usually only a concern because they fall outside of the area normally covered by the bridge foot. If you are worried about the possibility of indentations on your instrument, you could consider the Clef Revolution Solo pickup, which mounts into a bridge wing.


Prices

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Canada
For Canadian
customers
Clef Revolution Solo II
for upright bass
CA$199
Includes
Taxes and
Shipping!
Temporarily
out of stock.
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to reserve yours.
Clef Gut Strings
for upright bass
set of 4
CA$310
Includes
Taxes and
Shipping!
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out of stock.
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to reserve yours.
David Gage Realist
for upright bass
CA$280
Includes
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Shipping!
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to reserve yours.
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These products are priced for Canadian customers, but special arrangements can be made for other countries. For Canadian sales, the price includes shipping and sales taxes (GST/HST for sales in Canada and PST for Ontario). On standard business days, we usually ship out within 24 hours of your order. Preferred payment methods are, in order: e-mail money transfer (INTERAC), bank wire transfer, certified cheque, money order, PayPal (+3%), Visa (+4%), MasterCard (+4%). Credit card payments for non-Canadian customers are in CA$ with exchange rates chosen by the credit card companies, resulting in minor variations from the prices given here. It is usually possible to use PayPal even if you don't have a PayPal account.

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Testimonials

Of course, the following comments must take into consideration the whole chain of elements, including the player and playing style, the instrument, and the amplification. I feel that these two pickups provide excellent low-cost alternatives, and are both worthy of your consideration.

Here are some quotes about Clef Revolution Solo:

I've been enjoying the Revolution pickup lately. I was already happy with it in low volume situations like duos/trios (which is what I mostly do). Now after spending some time playing with it, I think it will be my pick-up of choice in the larger situations as well. It can be finicky and installation and tightness/looseness are important. It does have a lower output than my Full Circle & Underwood, but simply increasing the input gain by 1/4 brought the input up to the same level as my other pickups. No distortion. No feedback. Thanks. - Lou Bocciarelli

I put the pickup on my second bass and it really sounds very good. I was impressed also at the overall output volume. I think you have a good product, sir! - Rufus Reid

A small word to say how much I am satisfied with the Revolution Solo pickup. I attentively followed the process of assembly, which was very quite detailed. Then, I tested the pickup and I finally heard the sound which I had been looking for a long time. Really, this pickup is fantastic! It corresponds completely to my desire. I understand now, why this pickup is classified first in it's category. It is really great. - Eric Galland, France, The Rockin Daddies

For the past month, I've been using the Revolution Solo bass pickup. This thing rocks! I find this pickup actually sounds even better arco than pizz. It's got a clear and even tone through all the registers, and a very tight but meaty tone. I have a very large, resonant bass, and have always had problem with the Realist and feedback. For one thing, to get the bottom I wanted, I'd have to turn the Realist up much louder than I do this one. But even at low volumes, I'd get too many overtones rolling through the circuit, and the Realist would just overload. So far, the Solo has taken every thing I could throw at it, and I've not even noticed it's on. Thanks guys! - Kevin Ray, Brooklyn, NY

I was very pleasantly surprised by the sound to say the least. The Revolution Solo is much much smoother and more transparent and natural sounding... It sounds the most like a good microphone of any pickup I've heard. It sounds more like my bass got louder instead of like I'm using an amplifier. The amp seems to almost disappear, which is very cool. I definitely plan to keep using the Revolution Solo pickup. - Bob, on talkbass.com

The response from the Revolution Solo is superb, not a hint of feedback and a very deep mellow natural sound emanates from this nifty little package. Using all plain guts I was a little dubious as whether this pickup could cut the mustard and get a good response from the strings but my fears where unfounded, the sound was nice deep and loud! The design has been well thought out, and it is such a tidy little thing that you hardly notice it is there... This pickup is excellent value for money, and I doubt very much you would get a better sound even if you where to spend hundreds. - Mark C., rockabillybass.com

Here are some quotes about Gage Realist:

Whether it's with my Czech or Italian bass, the character of the instrument remains intact. The bowing is perfect. The Realist also works great in the studio. It's the best pickup, period. - George Mraz

Put simply, it's the best pickup I've every heard... - Peter Washington

Whether playing pizzicato or arco, the Realist in my opinion is the best sounding pickup on the market. - Christian McBride

The best Arco sound of them all. The Realist sounds the most like a microphone without the problem of feedback. - Michael Moore

The most natural sounding pick-up I've ever heard. You wouldn't believe the sound of it through my rig. It feels great -- I'm totally into it. I'm really happy with it. It's easy, I love it. I can go from pizzicato to arco without any hesitation. - John Patitucci


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