Looking for a good bass head for my Hartke 410XL.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by matman18, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. matman18


    Apr 24, 2011
    This is my fist cab and attempt at getting a head. I'm not sure what to go for new? used? it's 400w at 8ohms which I feel like I should try to get the most out of it for volume. I feel like 250w at 8ohms might be too quiet I'm afraid of turning it up too loud because I play punk. I was thinking either 350w or 500w since its hard to find a good head at 400w. I've got about 300$ to work with. some of the amps Ive looked at are Peavey Mark VIII bass head 350 @ 8 ($100), Ampeg SVT 350T Bass Head 250 @ 8 ($250). What do you guys think?
  2. BKuettel


    Apr 8, 2011
    Oneonta, NY
    What kind of bass are you using? For punk music try the Gallien Kruger amps they seem to be pretty good for the price.

    Welcome to Gallien-Krueger: Power to Groove

    If you can double your spending money, you can find an Ampeg SVT pro 4 for about 600. You should jump on it. I just bought a used one and I absolutely LOVE it! I run it through two cabinets and I split the frequencies between a 4x10 and a 1x15 and the tone I get out of it is INCREDIBLE. Your watts are covered too and it is such a versatile head.

    Buy used! You get more for your money. Just make sure you test it out if you do buy used. Also watch craigslist that's where I got my head from.

    Happy hunting!
  3. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    I used to rock a Hartke 3500 ("Transient Attack" era) through my 410XL and loved it.

    The head and the cab were designed to work together so it only makes sense. Especially since it's not too hard to pick up a used 3500 for a very reasonable price.

    And yes, those old 3500s get VERY loud.
  4. matman18


    Apr 24, 2011
    For a bass I'm using a Dano rumor P-bass that I replaced the wiring and pick ups with EMD PXs.
  5. matman18


    Apr 24, 2011
    I do like the range of he Hartke 3500 you think it will be loud enough?
  6. matman18


    Apr 24, 2011
    never mind you already said it would lol
  7. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    The Hartke 410xl with a GK 800RB was the original high endy rig. One of the backline standards right next to the SVT. And STILL a damn good sounding set up. There's one on the backline list for a festival I'm playing on the 27th and I'm actaull kinda looking forward to that rig. It's been a long time.

    Having said all that, it wouldn't be my first choice for leaning into the bottom end of a 5'er with but, that's much more a box issue than a head issue.

    FWIW, the DI out on a 800RB is just outstanding.

  8. funkytoe

    funkytoe In Memoriam

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    Yep. GK 800RB with a Hartke 410XL was the backline for many a gig I played throughout the 1980's and early 90's. Even a 400RB would work and be plenty loud for most all gigs. You can pick up really clean old GK heads in the $200-$300 range all day.
  9. Hartke LH1000. Simple, loud, and sounds great.
  10. parsons


    Feb 22, 2008
    Played my SWR SM400 through my Hartke 410xl yesterday before I sold the cab. It has more than enough volume... the SM400 runs 250w at 8ohms with that cab.
  11. GK! I have used the 700RB, the 800RB and the 400RB into the 410XL and all are winners.
  12. rjp69


    Apr 17, 2012
    I bought the same cab last week and the hartke lh500 to go along with it. Puts my old Traynor to shame. Amazing tone.
  13. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    A used original Hartke 3500 MOSFET head.

    :bassist: :hyper: :bassist:
  14. grendle


    Mar 4, 2011
    Central FL

    Mine still kicks butt after almost 20 yrs.
  15. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Yep. I've kept mine since I played with it (heavily) in the early to mid nineties across much of the North east...and it still kicks.

    I haven't used it as my main amp for a long time then I plugged it in the other day only to find out that man, the thing is loud and sweet and kicks like an angry bull. Great head that you can get for under 300$.
  16. matman18


    Apr 24, 2011
    some one just offered me a Sunn 1200s tube head what do you guys think? he hasn't said a price but he is going to come to my studio and let me try it this weekend.
  17. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    "sunn 1200s"?

    the two-rack-space newer one with all the knobs and sliders or the old '60s tube guitar amp?

    the new one has a ton of power but a confusingly complicated (and i think congested-sounding) front end.

    the old one is a 120-watt guitar amp; cool for recording bass, would be distorted and motorhead-sounding for punk band volume.
  18. matman18


    Apr 24, 2011
    I think I this is the one. he offered me a bunch of bass stuff so im assuming i hope he brings it to let me try.
    http://www.susunn 1200snnamps.com/pdfs/manuals/bass/Sunn_1200s.pdf
  19. Hartke 3500 all the way, it matches the cabinet.... although if you have a little more money, I really like my Orange tiny terror ( small, light , and 500 watts of tube )
  20. matman18


    Apr 24, 2011
    alright Dave I will def shop around a bit. I really am considering the Hartke 3500 as one of my main choices. the only bummer about that head is i haven't found anywhere that has one to try. part of me thinks a tube would be really awesome too.