Hartke KB12 500w combo bass amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by rylie, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. rylie


    Sep 25, 2017
    somewhere stable
    online reviews are all positive

    what's not to like

    12 speaker 500w 28 lbs

    asking for TB community comments based upon real use experience with this amp

  2. barginkov


    Feb 1, 2012
    L.I. New York
    I use it all the time .but i go thru the pa also. But for a small club its perfect. I love the sound, very big sounding lots of punch.and very portable
  3. Rylie, I know I'm a few years too late. If you've already made your decision to get one, that's great. I use mine primarily for practice and band rehearsals--we're a Green Day tribute + punk cover group--and it does very well. HOWEVER! At a recent gig during which I was mic'd into a 600w PA, split with the amp's output, playing a passive P bass with a pick and only a tuner pedal, once I dialed volume beyond 12 or 1 o'clock, here comes unwanted distortion. Only recently did I notice any complaints about the amp's headroom. While we compensated for it at the mixer, I felt disappointed that I couldn't use the other 50% of amp volume/master.

    It won't stop me from using the amp, since its tonal capabilities are splendid (!), at rehearsals and small gigs, however. At sub-12 o'clock level it's one of the best-sounding combo amps I've ever owned: rich, punchy lows; great mids; so-so sounding treble, but manageable.