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Hartke Kickback 15

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Fourstringsonly, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Fourstringsonly

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    Can I get some opinions on these amps?
  2. greencow

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    Great value for money and the tiltback design helps you hear yourself better. However I have seen many withe a ruptured speaker(Mostly because of abusing the poor guy). If you need this to be a gigging amp with no PA suport, then it is not. For band practice and small jams/acoustic gigs these work quite well. Also seem to be popular with upright players and for some reason acoustic guitar players.
  3. oerk

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    Did someone call me?

    No, seriously: I've had my Kickback 15 for about one and a half years now. Bought it used, it has paid itself off on the first weekend of gigging.

    Positive:
    - very bright for a 15
    - thanks to the Kickback design and the aforementioned point, I'm able to hear myself very well in every situation.
    - works well with upright. The shape function is more or less a notch filter which can really be a life saver
    - very loud for it's size
    - great value if bought used
    - able to carry a bar gig with a bit of PA reinforcement (maybe without if the band isn't too loud)

    Negative:
    - heavy for it's size
    - awkward to carry with the single strap on top
    - not much deep low end. I haven't measured it (yet), but there can't be much happening below 80hz. Most combos have that problem, though. Can be an upside when used with upright, though - less feedback problems.
    - very Hi-Fi sounding, not much character to it, but works well with pedals. So I use a preamp (VT Bass or Zoom B3) when playing electric and all is well.
    - dispersion could be better (it's a 15, duh!)

    The downsides really aren't that big a deal to me. I've yet to find something that works as well or better in such a small package.

    In short: it's a great workhorse amp.
  4. Chopper

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    my son ran his KB 12 for ten years before the speaker failed.
  5. Inconnu

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    How does the kickback compare to the A100?
  6. Son of Bovril

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    is the kickback not the A100?
  7. greencow

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    The A100 to my ears is quite different from the kickback series, but this is all something that you should listen for yourself.
  8. 5 Wire

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    If it is what you can afford and like the sound then buy it.

    Personally I would opt for a used older model A70 Kickback 12
    Nice little combo.

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