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Hartke LH Series LH500 500 Watt Hybrid Bass Amp Head Black  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

A roadworthy amp designed for revolutionary sound.

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

The only real choice for players intent on substantial power and beautiful tone. Get it today!

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HartkeLH Series LH500 500 Watt Hybrid Bass Amp Head
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Warm / comfy (7)
  • Portable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (8)
    • Home studio (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Amateur recording (5)
    • Professional recording (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Lotsa Bang For The Buck

    Strong power output, simple front panel and controls, warm sound due to tube preamp, balanced DI output. This is definitely a pro unit, but two things to remember: 1) EQ settings...Read complete review

    Strong power output, simple front panel and controls, warm sound due to tube preamp, balanced DI output. This is definitely a pro unit, but two things to remember: 1) EQ settings are a bit weird 2-10-2 is actually "flat" rather than 5-5-5. 2) Limiter is not adjustable, but no biggee. Also, volume pot does most of it's actual work between 5 and 8. None are actually real problems, just "personality quirks" to be aware of. Otherwise, plug it into your favorite cab(s)-the nicer the better- and let 'er rip. No problems.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    LH500 arrived not working

    Product arrived in standard packaging with no outside rips, tears, etc on the box. However, when plugged in it did not function at all. Had to be sent back for an exchange.

    Product arrived in standard packaging with no outside rips, tears, etc on the box. However, when plugged in it did not function at all. Had to be sent back for an exchange.

    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    5.0

    Nice Amp For The Money

    By BayStateBass

    from Central Massachusetts

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      I bought this amp as a "backup" to take along on gigs for that eventual, and unfortunate time where you will need it. I have always been a Carvin artist and almost everything I have has their name on it, including my regular amp which is a Carvin BX500. I was drawn to the Hartke because of price and simplicity of use...when you're swapping out an amp on stage due to an emergency you don't have tons of time to fiddle around. I decided to spend some time with the LH500 and found it to be a really great sounding amp requiring very little adjustment or EQ to get a great tone. I set mine according the the manual for the old school "Motown" sound, and it is simply just fantastic, for me it's what a bass guitar SHOULD sound like. The amp doesn't have a ton of features, but what it does have is good usable power and a lot of warmth. If you like your amps no-frills and basic with easy to dial-in tone, this might just be the hot ticket for you. There are a few things I don't like and Hartke could really improve this amp by adding them or working them into the design; one, the speaker connections are only 1/4", there is no ability to use Speakon connectors (Carvin has this option). Also, the amp needs a minimum of 4 ohm load, my Carvin has a 2 ohm switch (which comes in handy when you have multiple cabs). I'm using this amp to drive two 15" 8 ohm Carvin cabs with horns. The sound is great, but if you're going to use the "Bright" switch, turn the attenuators for the horns off. "Bright" plus horns = BAD. As far as weight and size, it's bigger and heavier than my Carvin, by today's standards with everything going to microbass amps, this thing is a tank. Might be a consideration for some when looking at amps. Anyway, in the end, I enjoyed the tone and warmth of this amp so much that I pulled my BX500 out of my rack and put the Hartke in there. It wasn't my original plan, but now the BX500 is serving backup duty. If you like smaller power amps and don't want to spend forever twiddling knobs to get a great sound, this little Hartke is sure the hot ticket.

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      5.0

      Great Amp!

      By sk

      from Salina,KS

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

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

        Got this amp after weeks of researching different brands. So glad I found this gem. It's a basic amp but this thing is ADA approved for loosing dental fillings. If you want a clean powerful amp devoid of clutter, all I can say is get this thing and enjoy the excellent bottom end and great tonal shaping!!

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        5.0

        Tone Galore

        By CapnCuddlez

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          I bought this head to power my first "pro-grade" rig. It offers tone galore. The tubes warm up quickly and the chassis feels very sturdy. I took it to a jam session, and all of the other musicians told me I had the best sounding rig they'd heard.The DI has been reliable, so far, and its tones sound amazing on recorded audio in my home studio (my main player for this being my Schecter Diamond series prototype). The controls are straightforward and easy to dial in. Hands down, and excellent purchase.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Amp!

          By GVP

          from West Chester, Pa.

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Great Value
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

            Using this to power a Peavey Cabinet with 2-15's and this amp kicks! Great sound quality, warm and powerful. Have only used it at 2 gigs but it performed well, We played for 4 hours each night and the amp was never taxed. I highly recommend it!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Killer Bass Amp For the Price!

            By Riblets

            from Grand Rapids, MI

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Great price
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Bad Tone At Low Volumes
            • Long Warm Up For Pre-amp

            Best Uses

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

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

            I originally wanted a Orange Bass Terror for a new bass amp, but it was hugely out of my price range. I did research on the LH500, and realized it's pretty much spec for spec a Bass Terror.
            The amp is rack mountable, or it has feet, so you can rest it on top of a cabinet with no worries. It's a all metal construction and feels strong and durable.
            If I were to have any gripes about it, it's that the pre-amp tubes take FOREVER to warm up. Sometimes, I think the amp is broken, then BOOM, it kicks on. Also, if you try to put the volume below two, you loose ALL tone, and it sounds really compressed and flat. Roll this baby to 5 or 6, and it rumbles your house!
            For the price, this is a great amp for a gigging musician, as well as anyone starting off, but wanting something big!

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            5.0

            Great Bass Head

            By old rocker dude

            from WNC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            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:

              The Hartke LH500 is an awesome head with great tone and plenty of power. We drive an Ampeg 810 cabinet with it and it sounds awesome. It's hard to dial up a bad tone with this amp. We run the bass on 5, mid on 8 and high on 4 and it sounds just right for drop tune hard rock. Great price too, you can't find another amp at this price point that can compete with the LH500. The Ampeg PF-500 might come close, but it costs more and reviews say it goes into protection mode when pushed too hard. Not the Hartke LH500 - we have played it for an hour with the gain on 9 and it was still crystal clear with no clipping or cutting out. You just can't beat it!! Great amp!!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Keep It Simple.

              By Zodiac_Lung

              from Harrisonburg, VA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • heavy

              Best Uses

              • Gigs
              • Practice
              • Recording

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

              The Hartke LH series amplifiers take you back to the basics...in a good way. If you're tired of fiddling with too many knobs, tube emulators, and 10 band eq's, this is the head for you.

              Both models are VERY powerful and absolutely ooze with tone. Similar to the Fender Bassman and Alembic preamps, the LH models use a tone stack. Instead of taking days to find your tone, you'll find it in minutes. With a single master volume, bright switch, and limiter switch, it couldn't be more fool-proof. The preamp tube adds a surprising amount of warmth to these amps.

              The LH500 amp is a beast and will hold up to regular gigging and touring. It is warm, beefy, and bell-clear even when pushed to it's limits...exactly what it is designed to do.

              At a ridiculous price point, I can't recommend this amp enough.

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              5.0

              So far, so good.

              By bass southern trouble

              from Southport, NC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

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

                I am a Hartke man since I purchased my first head ( 500 watt bi-amp ). I wanted a second head to use at rehearsal and as a back up since my other head has some age on it. The first head came and did not work. The help at Musicians Friend was great on getting it returned and over nighted me a new head as soon as they got them back in stock (they were out when I called). New one arrived and so far, so good. It has plenty on power for my use. I rehearse with a 410 and normally use a 115 when gigging. I use in ear monitors so the live sound is for those in the band that use wedges. So far I have been able to get the eq pretty much as I need. Bright switch does what it's designed for but I most likely won't use it much as
                the eq gives me the tone I use. The power has to be on 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 to be good enough for gigs. Much more is too much, less is not enough. Overall design is good. Price is good for the quality. Overall I give it a good rating.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                LH500, Great Tone!

                By Nigel

                from athens, ga

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Easy To Use Eq
                • Excellent tone
                • Quite Powerful

                Cons

                • No Speakon Speaker Output

                Best Uses

                • Live
                • Practice

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

                Couldn't figure out how to edit my previous review on my non working unit. The LH500 provides a great tone. The fender style tone stack provides precisely what you need to dial in a great tone. It contains no extra knobs for mindless fiddling. Volume, bass, mid and treble. What more do you need. They do add a brite switch (that could of been left off, but I suppose some people need more options) and also a limiter. The sound is great from deep reggae style tone to rock to a modern hi-fi style tone. The 500 watts is insanely loud through my 8-10 cabinet. This amp has everything you need and nothing you don't!

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                (0 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                LH500 arrived not working

                By Nigel

                from athens, ga

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

                      Product arrived in standard packaging with no outside rips, tears, etc on the box. However, when plugged in it did not function at all. Had to be sent back for an exchange.

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