Hartke LH Series LH500 500 Watt Hybrid Bass Amp Head  

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The Hartke LH Series LH500 500 Watt Hybrid Bass Amp Head, like its big brother, has a classic 12AX7 Class-A tube front-end design with a solid-state output. Developed with the HyDrive cabs in mind, th... Read More

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The Hartke LH Series LH500 500 Watt Hybrid Bass Amp Head, like its big brother, has a classic 12AX7 Class-A tube front-end design with a solid-state output. Developed with the HyDrive cabs in mind, the LH500 also has more than enough power and tone control to drive any cabinet on the market. This amp provides you with Treble and Bass Shelving to give its warm tone a little edge. Or use the brite and limiter switches to further sculpt your sound. Its intuitive front panel also makes adjustments on the fly a breeze.

The LH500 packs a big punch in a portable, roadworthy package. A two-rackspace metal frame chassis, steel faceplate and handles allow for easy, safe transport from gig to gig. With the needs of modern bass players largely centered around volume and versatility, the LH500 is an ideal solution that gives you plenty of options to create the exact sound you're looking for.

Features
  • 500 watts of power @ 4 ohms
  • Classic 12AX7 High Voltage Class-A tube preamp circuit
  • Bass and Treble Shelving, plus mid-peak EQ controls
  • Selectable brite switch for added high frequency response
  • Selectable limiter switch with LED indicator
  • Front panel XLR balanced direct output
  • Rear panel 1/4-inch effects loop
  • 1/4-inch output connectors
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HartkeLH Series LH500 500 Watt Hybrid Bass Amp Head
 
4.6

(based on 5 reviews)

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5.0

Awesome Amp Head

By JR

from Lakeland FL

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Hartke LH Series LH500 500 Watt Hybrid Bass Amp Head:

    I got this amp a few days ago, and although I have been using a Hartke VX 410 cab this was my first Hartke amp head. I have been astounded by how amazing this amp head is, it's clean and has allot of warmth to it, and the three band EQ really has allot of shaping power for your tone. Plus it has plenty of power to spare, 350 watt's to a single 8ohm cab or 250 watt's per cab if you connect two 8ohm cab's bringing out the full power of the amp. It's plenty loud enough with the volume at 3 or 4, and I don't think I'll need to crank it higher anytime soon. I will say this though, for those new to this amp head or Hartke amp head's in general, it has a built in protection circuit with about a twenty second stand by so you won't hear any sound for about twenty second's. To protect against the thump you may hear through your speaker cab when turning an amp on or voltages, and to give the amp along with the 12AX7 pre-amp tube inside time to warm up. After about twenty second's you should hear a click meaning the protect circuit has finished cycling along with sound, and your good to go. I hope this helps. :)

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    5.0

    sounds like my old 50watt bassman tube amp but w/more power

    By Gary

    from Ft Worth Tx

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    Comments about Hartke LH Series LH500 500 Watt Hybrid Bass Amp Head:

    extremely happy with the sound and awesome power, I highly recommend it to someone on a budget

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    4.0

    No Nonsense Bass Amp

    By Markus

    from Mesa, AZ

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    Comments about Hartke LH Series LH500 500 Watt Hybrid Bass Amp Head:

    This is a great amp. I replaced a SWR amp with this one. PROS- Lots of power, simple to use-no need for a thousand knobs, good value for the money, tube preamp. CONS- The 12AX7 tube that comes with the amp SUCKS! Yes its a SOVTEK, but it's the low end version. I replaced mine with a $16 Tung-Sol and it brought this amp to life making it warm and punchy. This amp is heavy but for the price It is not a big deal. I would rate this 4 stars only because of the 12AX7 Tube.

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    5.0

    Great, affordable bass amp

    By Gary

    from Laurel, MD

    Comments about Hartke LH Series LH500 500 Watt Hybrid Bass Amp Head:

    I just got my Hartke LH500 and love it because of its simplicity. You don't have to be a nuclear physicist to operate it as compared to some other bass amps. Play with the bass/middle/treble knobs. I start out with the knobs at twelve o'clock and work from there. I'm pushing 4x10s in a Fender Rumble cabinet (the black 4 ohm cabinet). Also, it fits great in the Gator GR-2S Shallow Rack Case. Get one! It's a good deal.

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    4.0

    Excellent Amp, Factory Restock Not So Good

    By Bryan Paff

    from Pittsburgh Region

    Comments about Hartke LH Series LH500 500 Watt Hybrid Bass Amp Head:

    I purchased the LH500 as a Factory Restock Item at a pretty decent discounted price. I should have held out for a "Factory New" condition one and saved my pennies a little longer. The amp itself is incredible. I was looking to replace and improve my equipment. This amp seemed almost too good to be true, power, quality and review-wise for the price. I love the tone I am able to produce from this amp. I love the simple EQ. It is great for what I need it to do, and can't stand fiddling with endless Graphic EQ sliders, only to end up wanting a flat or mildly scooped EQ. This amp starts with a great sounding scoop setting, and is easy to dial in whatever tone you may be looking for. READ THE MANUAL TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE EQ RESPONDS. This amp in the box brand new would most likely warrant a 5 star rating. However, my "Factory Restock" unit did not meet my expectations. The amp is advertised with rubber feet to use outside of a rack-mount installation. Mine had no such feet. The Manual was a shoddily photocopied version with a black bar through the middle of the pages that was darn near unreadable. These are small inconveniences, that while not affecting the sound or performance of the unit, definitely threw me for a loop as far as opening my new amp (not in original packaging, but in a box surrounded by packing material.) No original manual, no warranty card, etc. The real issue that I took with the amp is that the main cooling fan on the rear of the unit was installed incorrectly, during original assembly or during its "factory refurb" time. I fired the amp up and before plugging into it, checked to make sure it produced "sound" through my cabinets and verified cooling fan operation. The main fan was installed crooked and was jammed against the case of the unit. It only took a few seconds to disassemble and correct, but I would imagine this is what drove it to be "factory restocked" in the first place. Now my "new" amp may have a potential history of thermal shutdown. I love the amp, but wish these issues would have been checked out before I received it. I guess time will tell if I made a good buy, but in hindsight, I would have gladly paid the extra $40 for a new unit with correct parts installed as advertised. Live and learn I guess.

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