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Hartke Kickback KB12 500-watt Bass Combo Amplifier

 
4.4

(10 reviews)

$449.99 MSRP: $549.99 Save : $100.00 (18%)
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Description

Hartke has revamped its acclaimed Kickback Series Bass Combos with a new high-powered, lightweight design.

Retaining the classic enclosure, the Kickback KB12 now features Hartke's patented HyDrive Speaker Technology. With 500 watts of Class D power, this  combo is ruggedly portable and delivers serious bass tone that cuts through the mix.

The Hartke KB12 HyDrive 12" speaker features a carefully crafted paper/aluminum hybrid cone driver. The hybrid makeup delivers an exceptional blend of warmth and attack that can't be attained by traditional all-paper bass speakers. The use of rare earth neodymium magnets also helps to maintain lightweight portability without sacrificing any of the legendary Hartke attack.

Shape Your Tone
Designed to produce a responsive bass tone that's both tight and warm, the KB12 provides users with comprehensive tone control. Quickly dial in tone adjustments with the Shape knob and full 3-band EQ. When activated, the Shape knob selects the frequency range of a unique, fixed EQ curve, resulting in a greater variety of color and harmonics.

Kickback Versatility
Beyond sitting upright, the KB12 can be placed in "kickback" position for superior directionality and increased high-end clarity on stage. With a headphone output for home practice, an XLR direct output for live performance and a lightweight Class D amplifier, these combos are the answer for all bassists.

Get your Hartke Kickback KB12 500-watt Bass Combo Amplifier today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

    Bass Combo Amplifier
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Hartke Kickback Kb12 500-Watt Bass Combo Amplifier
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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5.0

Small/Powerful Bass Amp

By 

from Riverside, RI

Verified Buyer

Comments about Hartke Kickback Kb12 500-Watt Bass Combo Amplifier:

Practice or a gig, great powerful compact amp.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Love the sound of this little monster!

By 

from Suffolk County NY

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Hartke Kickback Kb12 500-Watt Bass Combo Amplifier:

This amp sounds great. Light weight but big sound. Only negative is that there is no aux in jack.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hartke Kickback KB12 500-watt Bass Combo Amplifier

By 

from store 54

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • 500 Watts
  • Full 3-band Eq
  • Monitor Angling

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Churches
    • Practice
    • Restuarant Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Hartke Kickback Kb12 500-Watt Bass Combo Amplifier:

    The full 3-band EQ that the Hartke Kickback KB12 lets you set the sound you need for your live shows without having to carry a big bass amp. lessen you load without sacrificing sound.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Kick back and enjoy the bass

    By 

    from Cleveland, OH

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Good Sound Quality
    • Lightweight
    • Very Loud

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Churches
      • Concerts
      • Performances
      • Practice
      • Recitals
      • Rehearsal
      • Schools

      Comments about Hartke Kickback Kb12 500-Watt Bass Combo Amplifier:

      This is a terrific lightweight bass amp with incredible tone and a lot more volume than you would expect from something so small and lightweight. When it comes to combo amps, having a kickback is a must for me. The speaker is very durable (a hybrid of paper and aluminum) so it stands up to the 500w amp inside the combo. Having a direct XLR out is also very useful for live shows so you can run straight into the house board for easy control of your sound.

      This is a real hands on product review by Steve at Sam Ash Music in Lyndhurst, OH.

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      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tighter BASS! Tone Control!

      By 

      from Edison, NJ

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Control
      • Tight Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bass
        • Keys
        • Monitor

        Comments about Hartke Kickback Kb12 500-Watt Bass Combo Amplifier:

        Much like the 15" variant, this guy gives you powerful but tighter bass. You compromise with a little earlier rolloff, but the overall tightness and compact form factor make this guy really worth it. Youve got great control parameters to shape your tone, and don't be afraid to plug in a synth, especially Moog! Push it to the limits and watch as it won't even break a sweat!

         
        4.0

        Great for practice or performing

        By 

        from Sam Ash Music Ontario

        Staff Reviewer

        Comments about Hartke Kickback Kb12 500-Watt Bass Combo Amplifier:

        Great amp for practice at home or playing live on stage! Good amount of power (500 watts) so its great for jamming with the band or playing small venues. For larger shows, you can run a line out from the amp to the house PA and get more volume and power! Compact and portable with awesome, versatile sound quality.

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        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Huge sounding bass amp

        By 

        from New Brunswick, NJ

        Pros

        • Easy To Use'
        • Sounds Great
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Live Gigs
          • Practicing
          • Recordings

          Comments about Hartke Kickback Kb12 500-Watt Bass Combo Amplifier:

          This is an awesome combo amp for the price. The sound is huge and it's easy to carry for gigging musicians. The tone controls are versatile and easy to use and there are no frills. I'd recommend this to anyone who plays gigs or just wants something loud to practice with at home.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Compact but powerful

          By 

          from Edison, NJ

          Staff Reviewer

          Comments about Hartke Kickback Kb12 500-Watt Bass Combo Amplifier:

          The Hartke KB12 is quite deceiving. You get quite the kick out of this tiny little guy. At 500 watts this guys can help push you through most live situations. XLR direct out allows you to plug directly into any mixer for any show.

           
          4.0

          Portable power

          By 

          from Lombard, IL

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practice

            Comments about Hartke Kickback Kb12 500-Watt Bass Combo Amplifier:

            This is a great option for anyone looking for a portable bass combo. Its' lightweight magnets make it easy to lift, and its' kickback design allows greater projection. This amp has enough power for practice or jamming with some friends, but would be best to still hook it into the house PA for a gig. The EQ shape knob allows more tone options than the standard 3 band EQ. Another great feature is the inclusion of a headphone input that allows for quiet practice

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            • No

            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            OK Amp But MIsleading Specs

            By 

            from Cohasset,. MA

            Comments about Hartke Kickback Kb12 500-Watt Bass Combo Amplifier:

            On paper, this is a fine versatile bass combo, with high power ("500 watts") being the key selling point. A closer read, however, reveals the fact that the RMS wattage is only 250 watts. OK, that's still not bad. But haven't we graduated yet from these misleading "peak power" ratings?

            The specs say that there is a speaker output jack, so I naively concluded that the amp had a 250 watt power rating when driving an external speaker along with the internal one. Wrong! The speaker jack is taken up with a connection to the internal speaker. You CAN use an external speaker only if you disconnect the internal one. So, the power is now 250 watts into the internal 4 ohm speaker, making it a little more powerful than most of the competition, but nothing special.

            I had needed a light-weight combo for jamming, and I thought that the ability to drive an extra cab was a great additional feature. Since the KB12 does not actually have this capability, I decided to return this amp and get a less expensive and lighter one for the jamming purpose that I was looking for.

            I give the Sam Ash folks huge credit for the way they handled the return and exchange. Matt was extremely eager to make sure I was satisfied with the outcome.

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            Series Kickback
            Model KB15
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            The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for TWO YEARS and labor for TWO YEARS from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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