AI Upshot vs. Double Shot

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by banjoboy, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. banjoboy


    Nov 1, 2009
    I play upright in a couple bluegrass groups. I mostly play acoustic upright, but I also have an NS stick bass. Nobody else plugs in. No drums, etc. I currently have a GK MBS III combo amp. It's nice, but it's getting heavier as I grow older. I'm want to sell the GK and get either an Upshot or Double Shot. Which would work best for me? Is the Double Shot more than I would need? Using it mostly as a monitor, but AI says the Upshot provide enough sound for other musicians on the stage. Thoughts?
  2. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    I had the opportunity to compare the Upshot to the Double Shot at the ISB convention in Bloomington Indiana in the same venue I preferred the Double Shot hands down. It just sounds fuller and has better articulation. It weighs 15 lbs. They were using the same head on both cabinets.
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  3. bherman

    bherman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    I was using an Upshot with a NewGrass band and it didnt have enough volume to cut through. The band can be fairly loud, though. Everyone runs through the pa
  4. The Double Shot must be better, but, I have had great luck with the Upshot is pretty loud situations. I played some big halls with it and gave a DI to the PA and had good results.
    It looks like if you preorder through Gollihur, you can get the DS for $499. The Upshot took a bit to really dialed in right, once I did, I've loved it. Precise speaker placement is key, sometimes a few inches can make a difference.
  5. lurk

    lurk Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2009
    How important is size/weight to you? I sometimes subway to gigs and those extra pounds and smaller volume make the Upshot the winner. Plenty loud enough for me - trio with a couple of horns is my biggest band. I agree placement of the Upshot is crucial. If I were driving to gigs I'd maybe consider trading the slight bump up in size for what I'm sure must be better and bigger sound.
  6. nogbert


    Jul 18, 2010
    Denver, CO
    its worth pointing out that the $100 discount only applies to "combo" purchases i.e. buying the cab and the head together. there is no discount for just the cabinet as far as i know
  7. I haven't heard both cabs but my reservation on the upshot is that moisture from spit, snot, beer will find it's way faster to an upward facing speaker. Unless it's made of something other than paper.
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  8. lurk

    lurk Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2009
    Man, you play some funky gigs.
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  9. rickwolff

    rickwolff ‘Leave the clams in, let ’em know we're human,' Supporting Member

    It is, in fact, made of something other than paper. Plastic?, Poly? I'm not sure but Rick Jones told me it was waterproof when I joked with him about spilling a beer on it. I don't think I'd subject to an immersion test.
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  10. You caught me :) . But seriously. I was in an acoustic blues band and someone pissed our singer guitarist and he spat the tobacco he was chewing before he went on an argument with the other guy. Guess where the spit fell.
  11. Inara

    Inara Fierce Fun Fretless Female Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2017
    Seattle, WA USA
    Also in a jazz context you may have trumpet and trombone players emptying their spit valves in unpredictable spots ...
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  12. Low Class

    Low Class

    Jul 4, 2005
    ..or maybe a drunk patron that mistakes it for a urinal..:eek:
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  13. Well, it is going to be rare that you won't want it pointing up at your ear, so, it is about as safe as your person!