Ampeg PF500 head vs. Hartke LH1000

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by lowlevel, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. lowlevel


    Dec 30, 2011
    I'm fairly new to this site and I am also a newbie playing the bass guitar. I have an Ampeg PR410 HLF. I will be playing for church. So I will be playing gospel/jazz/maybe RB style songs. I am looking for a bass head that will go well with this cab. I've narrowed it down to the PF500 and the LH1000. Does anyone have an opinion on these two amps? Thanks for the help.:help:
  2. B0SSB3AT5

    B0SSB3AT5 Guest

    Mar 25, 2010
    Do a quick search on both of those on here and I'm sure you will get some info on the two. I did that with the LH and found a few threads on the Hartke. I went ahead and got it. Mine should be arriving today with an Ampeg 810 cab. Ill let you know what I think of it when I get it.
  3. zanzibar jorge

    zanzibar jorge Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    Both sound great. I played the ampeg extensively in store but the hartke slightly won out and i played it for over a year.. That being said I just made the swap to a vintage ampeg v4b lol but both seem to be very clean and at times even too much so to my taste (which is why I went tube)
  4. oldcatfish


    Jan 8, 2011
    I just bought a Hartke HA2500 head this week.

    Hartke's have a very different sound than Ampeg's do. When I was trying the amps out at Guitar Center, I never even made it to the Ampeg...but I didn't need to. I'm very familiar with the Ampeg sound, and though I like it...the Hartke was "my tone" that I've been hearing in my head. Plus, you can always add a Tech 21 VT bass pedal to the Hartke to get the Ampeg tone too. As a longtime guitar player, I'd call the Ampeg more of a Marshall type tone vs the Hartke being a Fender type tone--if that makes any sense. With a Fender amp, you can add a "Marshall in a box" pedal to get that tone too, but you can't do that with a Marshall amp (there isn't a Fender in a Box).

    So, I'd go with a Hartke, though both are great choices. Both companies have good customer service too.
  5. B0SSB3AT5

    B0SSB3AT5 Guest

    Mar 25, 2010
    Got my Hartke Lh1000 about two hours ago and I've played through it for a little while. Pretty nice sound and easy to dial in ur tone since the eq is pretty simple. @ +- 33 lbs it's no featherweight but looks presentable and built well. Playing through the Ampeg 810 is ridiculous(in both pure volume and quality sound). I'm very glad I went this route and plan on keeping this set up for a good while.

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  6. lowlevel


    Dec 30, 2011
    Thanks for the input. I've been leaning towards the LH1000 but I have not been able to try it out yet.