Hartke LH500 amp settings
I'm one of those guys constantly tweaking setting looking for my "ultimate tone" Like I'm sure many of you fellas are as well....
When I bought my bass rig I was on a budget....Hartke is played by many bass players her in NE Ohio in the bar band scene so thats why I went with Hartke and also because the gear is reasonably priced for what you get. I have the LH500 and Hartke XL 4X10 cab. I also use a Tech21 VT bass pedal and Line6 G30 wireless system.
Here are "my" settings.....
Bass 9..........Mid 5.......Treble 2
Tech21 VT pedal:
Level 9 o clock......Mid 12 o'clock.....Character is Full on.........Drive 9 o'clock......Low is Full on......High 12 o'clock...
I play with a Fender Deluxe Mexi Precision Special and also a Fender Jazz....Both are active and both are 4 strings....I also Have a LTD B404SM which I never use because I now have my Fenders......
Would any of you tweak my settings to get more of a growly tone or do I not have the correct AMP or Bass guitars capable of getting a growly tone?
I have plans on getting a Warwick 5 string as soon as we get gigging and start to get money.....The band is starting to choose songs which require a 5 string and the cheapo 5 string I have isn't up to par. Every Warwick thread I read pretty much states how Warwick basses have loads of growl which is what I like.....I'm not a traditional Fender P bass rounds type guy......Nothing wrong with that mind you if that is your tone and what you like......
My Fender Jazz can get growly if I turn the tone knob up some but I really have to watch how much I go on it cuz it can get pretty obnoxious.....I typically roll the tone to barely on for my Jazz and full off for the PJ Fender because I don't like the tone on with that bass......Wrong or right?
The Hartke has a cut only mid knob as I understand, so anything less than 10 and you are removing growl. Bass and treble are boost only, I think, so maybe knock your bass down and put your mids all the way up.
Mids on 10. Bass/Treble on 1 or 2 - that is the "flat" setting for this amp. Start with the tone controls there with just your bass. Add the VT Bass when you understand how the amp sounds - have the pedal work with the amp and you will be able to do so much more tone wise.
Yep, it's a Fender tone stack, so flat is around 1-10-1 or 2-10-2 on the bass-mid-treble. Adjust to taste from there.
Great amp. I gigged one for a while a few years back.
"Warwick basses have loads of growl" - They have that low-mid growl going in. You will probably dig it based on your tonal requirements.
Thanks fellas I will take your advice and adjust my settings
FYI not sure about this specific amp and I see you already got your answer but I stumbled upon this general guide for amp settings which might be useful in the future or to others....
Yes, flat is bass and treble way down, mids way up.
The guys bass knob setting was muddying up everything else, makng his mids sound scooped out by comparison even if they'r not.
The lows on his pedal were full up too, making even more mud.
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