Hartke Systems have built a second to none reputation for themselves in the music community thanks to their powerful lines of bass guitar amplifiers and speaker cabinets. Founded in Bloomfield, New Jersey by Larry Hartke, the company began modestly. In fact, the original Hartke headquarters for the company was a small shop in the basement of the home the founder grew up in.
Hartke had previously worked with A. Stewart Hegeman, a respected name in the world of audio design thanks to his work with the likes of Harman Kardon, so when he made the decision to venture out on his own, he was well suited to do so. His major break in the world of amplification came in 1984 when the first Hartke bass cabinet was used by legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius. His endorsement was the first step on the path of over 30 years of crafting amplifiers and speakers.
In 1985, Hartke changed the bass amplification game completely with the development of an aluminum cone driver that provided bass tone with dynamics that were far broader than those that had been heard before. From that point on Hartke was the go-to amplification company for some of the most renowned bass players the world has ever seen.
Today, Hartke gear is played by rockers, punkers, metal heads, and more. Billy Sheehan from Mr. Big, Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, Roger Lima of Less Than Jake, Mike Herrera of MxPx, Marco Mendoza of Thin Lizzy and more all swear by the quality and tone of Hartke’s unbeatable power and tone. Whether you are a professional musician getting ready to tour the world, or a young, hungry amateur looking for your first serious bass set up, Hartke gear is going to keep you and your band’s low end sounding absolutely incredible.