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hartke help

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by wannabeabassist, Nov 6, 2001.

  1. wannabeabassist


    Sep 27, 2001
    i recently purchased a hartke b60 combo online. i've a played with the e.q. for a couple of days now and all i can get out of it is distortion. i can't get any "traditional" bass sounds. i have 30 days to return it if not satisfied so i'd like to find out if it's the bass or the amp thats the cause of it. don't get me wrong i like distortion but not all the time. i bought it at music123 and i may return it for credit. i have about a $300.00(u.s.)budgit thanks for any help/sugestions.
  2. wannabeabassist


    Sep 27, 2001
  3. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    If all you are getting is distortion even at a low volume, there is something very wrong.

    1) The amp might be a lemon.
    2) You may have the gain settings overdriven.
    3) You bass might be the culprit. Make sure you have fresh batteries (if an active bass), or that your bass works fine through another amp source.

    If you're not happy with it or leery, I'd take it back. You are not going to get a ton of tone shaping abilities out of that little combo.
  4. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    The principles of problem solving are that you need to isolate every possible cause singly.

    So applied to your problem

    Try a different bass (borrow one) failing that give it another signal (guitar mic CD player?)

    Try your bass through another amp (is your bass active and is the battery ok?)

    Try a different lead

    Try a different mains outlet (ok I'm clutching at straws now).

    Are you running the amp on full?

    Good luck if you believe in it.
  5. wannabeabassist


    Sep 27, 2001
    thanks,i wish i new a bassist i could borrow from but i don't. a freind who plays guitar played with it and said he thinks some thing is wrong with it. i played my bass a couple of months ago threw a peavy amp and it sounded fine but i will change the battery , cord and see how that goes thaNks aGain!
  6. wannabeabassist


    Sep 27, 2001
    boy do i feel like an ass , it was the battery!:rolleyes:
  7. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    I lost this thread...

    RE feeling an ass :)eek: ) dont worry you've just confessed it in front of 1100 readers so feel better!!!

    Seriously we all overlook things, what I would do is get a sticker and write the date on the sticker and stick it on the battery. Depending on the bass you will get 6-12 months from it. Go for 6 months change.

    One trick I do is if I think the battery is iffy I stick it in my tuner as it has a battery test function. I always have a pair of duracels in the studio (dont get excited its my attic with a couple of mattresses on the walls).

    Glad you sorted it and take care.
  8. wannabeabassist


    Sep 27, 2001
    thanks CS! yea i felt pretty stupid but i got over it once i was jammin again.I'm glad i didn't have to send the amp back. :)

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