Finding the right Hybrid: Hartke LH500?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by JoeyDYee, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. JoeyDYee


    Mar 1, 2014
    Hello all, this is my first time posting. I have read up on all the tube vs solid state discussion on this site and many others and am now looking for some more personal recommendations for me.

    I play rock, melodic funk, and slap (I'm sure I'm butchering the terminology), which for a good idea of my desired sound, is somewhere in between RHCP, Arctic Monkeys, and Sly and the Family Stone. A couple key points:

    1. I really value the ability to be able to quickly transition into a good sounding distortion. It is important to me that the notes are still quite discernible from one another; I don't want the unintelligible hum that I get on my current dinky combo.

    2. While I really value a deep tone, I also must have something that can emphasize slapping very well. I need something that isn't limited to those deep , room filling bass tones but can also get funky really fast.

    My guitarist has said that all tube is the way to go, although after reading a lot on here, I'm not so sure. My price range definitely won't allow for a majority of them anyway, honestly like $300-400.

    So what do you guys think? I have been looking at the LH500 and have found a great deal, but am hesitant to go for it until I know how it would specifically suit me.

    Any input is very much appreciated. Thanks in advance :help:
  2. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    the hartke wont distort. Get yourself a nice fuzz pedal and it will though. I own the hartke lh500 and love it but it does have the fender tone stack so remember bass 2 mids 10 treble 2 for a nice flat start.
  3. Cirk


    Jan 16, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Great amp from what I've seen, and Larry Hartke's CS is tops.
  4. bobalu


    Oct 1, 2004
    above the 49th
    I have the LH500 and its a great sounding amp, but clean. What Spaz said above, a fuzz pedal should solve the issue nicely.
  5. JoeyDYee


    Mar 1, 2014
    Ok great, so for the price and my style (if I pick up a fuzz pedal) this seems like a quality pick.