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

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.

A roadworthy amp designed for revolutionary sound.

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
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (14)
  • Good power output (14)
  • Excellent sound (12)
  • Warm / comfy (12)
  • Portable (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great value & sweet simplicity.

The LH500 proved to be a great addition to my most recent bass rig! This guy has all the power you need for small to medium gigs, to be frank it houses enough power...Read complete review

The LH500 proved to be a great addition to my most recent bass rig! This guy has all the power you need for small to medium gigs, to be frank it houses enough power to accomplish any giggability you would need from an amp before an inevitable mic'd PA set up in a huge stadium or event. Great value from Larry Harte on this one; as far as controls go it's great for us guys who like to keep it simple but groovy. Bass-> Mid-> Treble and a master Vol. Can't get much more simplicity out of an amp! The Brite and Limiter pegs are great additions to shape up your tone. I run it trough my 4x10/1x15 stack. Solid stuff!

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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 17 customers

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5.0

This is the one

By Mike

from Moore, OK

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I have owned a GK mb500, and GK Backline 600, Ashdown Little B, and an Ampeg Micro SVT. This is my favorite so far for the simplicity and sound. I pair with an Acoustic 115 cab rated at 450 watts at 8 ohms. This amp puts out 350 watts at 8 ohms or 500 at 4 ohms.

      I haven't gone past 2 on the volume yet and shakes the house. Has a solid state power section with a 12ax7 tube pre-amp. Controls are simple and just sounds like good bass. It is the amp I should have started with years ago.

      I play slap and pick on a Squier P Chris Aiken passive and a Sterling SB4 active.

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      5.0

      Tone monster

      By AmazingMike

      from Ione, CA

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Easy to use.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great value & sweet simplicity.

        By Gorio

        from Wilmington, NC

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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:

          The LH500 proved to be a great addition to my most recent bass rig! This guy has all the power you need for small to medium gigs, to be frank it houses enough power to accomplish any giggability you would need from an amp before an inevitable mic'd PA set up in a huge stadium or event. Great value from Larry Harte on this one; as far as controls go it's great for us guys who like to keep it simple but groovy. Bass-> Mid-> Treble and a master Vol. Can't get much more simplicity out of an amp! The Brite and Limiter pegs are great additions to shape up your tone. I run it trough my 4x10/1x15 stack. Solid stuff!

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          4.0

          Not a bad amp fpr the money

          By thehands

          from NY

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Warmth
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          Kind of heavy for what it is. Takes forever to warm up. That said, once it's ready it has very good tone and plenty of volume. Very limited adjustment controls, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Very easy to use. For the buck, the bang is good.

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          5.0

          One of the best heads

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • heavy but who cares

          Best Uses

          • what ever you need it for

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

          Im gonna try to keep this short and sweet.

          Hartke uses the cheap but reliable parts (you know parts that arent the light weight heavy duty) so this thing is built like a tank and reliable but a back breaker if you carry it around.

          This thing is also very clean, you'll definitely need distortion and overdrives to dirty this thing up, and on the subject of pedals you can add any effects in the front and it sounds good, I run my chorus through the front and I prefer it over the fx loop.

          Now this thing is loud, Im on one for bedroom use and its probably to loud but what ever, I can probably be on one or 2 and be heard over a drummer.

          This thing is versatile to, i play mainly heavy aggressive styles of music and it works great but jazz, funk and many non metal or rock bassist use this amp to.

          also simple is more for me and this doesnt get any more simple to use

          So if you want a powerful head that sounds better then most heads imo with out breaking the bank and can jam in a band, this is the head for you. I do recommend breaking the bank with the hydrive cabinets, I plan on getting those this and those is a perfect match

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Didn't get what I paid for!!!

          By Roy

          from Baltimore Maryland

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

          So Im primarily a guitar player but also play bass, especially for all of the home recordings I do for personal projects. I was in the market for a second bass head (already own an ampeg svt3 pro) for a different tonal color and came across this head used in my local music store. I played in through an amp classic lhf410 cab and it sounded absolutely crazy good! I couldn't believe how much I actually liked this head and i looked at the price and thought it was a joke!Before hitting this one I had played a few high end heads that were on the shelf and kept coming back to this one over and over before leaving the store with it. I took the stock tube out and replaced it with a genalex 12ax7 which gave it even more headroom and clarity and I swear this competes with my amp head note for note! Now don't get me wrong, an all tune amp set classic might be the creme of creme but seriously i don't really seeing anyone needing much more than this unless you need serious wattage for large shows, etc. I myself do not have those needs but rather only for straight recording applications and this head just kills! Plug in, slide an re20 in front of the cab and your track is nearly radio ready in my opinion! All in all this is the first time I was glad to not get what I paid for but rather so much much more!!!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Tone Galore

              By CapnCuddlez

              from Denver, CO

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              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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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Amp!

                By GVP

                from West Chester, Pa.

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                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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