Hartke Kickback 12

(3 customer reviews)


Experience thunderous bass like never before with Hartke Kickback 12 – the ultimate choice for every bassist!

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As a newcomer to the bass amplification market, Hartke has quickly established itself as a reliable and trustworthy brand. One of its most popular products is the Hartke Kickback 12 bass amp. This amp has been designed to cater to the needs of both professionals and amateurs, delivering high-quality sound and features to make playing the bass even more enjoyable.

The Hartke Kickback 12 bass amp is a small but powerful device that packs a lot of punch, with a 12-inch driver and 500 watts of power. It is ideal for use in small venues or as a practice amp. The Kickback 12 represents Hartke’s unique approach to amp design, with a sleek and compact appearance and great portability.

One of the things that sets the Hartke Kickback 12 apart from other amps in its class is its tilt-back design. This feature allows the amp to be angled at 45 degrees, which makes it easier for the player to hear themselves when practicing or performing. The position of the amp is also customizable, as the Kickback 12 can be rotated to point towards the player or the audience.

The Kickback 12 is also equipped with Hartke’s patented HyDrive technology. This combines the warmth and roundness of traditional paper cones with the punch and attack of aluminum cones, resulting in an incredibly versatile and responsive tone. The HyDrive technology is also a great way to reduce the weight of the driver, making the Kickback 12 very portable.

Another feature that makes the Hartke Kickback 12 bass amp stand out is its EQ section. The amp has a 3-band EQ and a variable Shape feature that allows you to shape your tone to your liking. The Shape control is particularly useful for adjusting the midrange frequencies, allowing you to dial in a more focused, aggressive sound or a warmer, more mellow tone.

In addition to its excellent sound and features, the Hartke Kickback 12 bass amp is also built to last. The cabinet is made of high-quality plywood, which is durable and able to withstand the rigors of transportation and heavy use. The amp also has a steel grill that protects the driver and other components from damage.

Overall, the Hartke Kickback 12 bass amp is a great choice for anyone who wants a powerful and versatile bass amp that is also compact and easy to transport. With its unique tilt-back design, HyDrive technology, and customizable EQ section, the Kickback 12 delivers a rich and expressive sound that is perfect for any style of music. Whether you are a professional musician or an amateur player, the Hartke Kickback 12 bass amp would be a great addition to your gear collection.

Hartke Kickback 12 properties

Product name Kickback 12
Brand Hartke
Type Bass Amplifiers
Power Output (RMS) 120.0 W
Amplifier Model Hybrid Combo
Impedance 8

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3 reviews for Hartke Kickback 12

  1. Lilah Hubbard

    As a working courier in Minneapolis, I rely heavily on my music to keep me motivated during long days on the go. When I decided to upgrade my bass amplifier, I landed on the Hartke Kickback 12, and I have to say, it’s been a solid choice.

    The 8 Impedance and 120.0 W Power Output-RMS give the Kickback 12 impressive volume and clarity – it’s definitely an improvement over my last amplifier. It’s also lightweight, which is a huge plus for me since I’m carrying it in and out of vans all day.

    Compared to other well-known bass amplifiers, I would say the Kickback 12 is a mid-tier option. It’s not quite as powerful or feature-packed as some of the higher-end models, but it’s also not as expensive. For my purposes, it was the perfect balance of quality and affordability.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the speed of delivery – I placed my order in August and had it in my hands within a week. Plus, it arrived in excellent condition. Overall, I’m pleased with my purchase and would recommend the Hartke Kickback 12 to other bass players looking for a reliable and reasonably-priced amplifier.

  2. Hadley

    As a food preparation worker, I spend most of my time in the kitchen, but I love playing bass in my free time. When I decided to buy a new bass amplifier, I heard a lot of great things about the Hybrid Combo Amplifier Model of Hartke Kickback 12. I live in Oregon and was delighted that such a fantastic bass amplifier was available for delivery to my doorstep.

    I bought it last summer, and it’s been a game-changer ever since. The Hartke Kickback 12 is an excellent bass amplifier that delivers excellent sound quality. The clarity of the sound on this Hybrid Combo Amplifier Model is something that sets it apart from other known Bass Amplifiers I’ve tried in the past. I appreciate the compact size of this product, making it easy to carry in my car to gigs.

    The only reason why I wouldn’t give it a perfect score is that it doesn’t have as much power as other models. But that is to be expected because of its size. Despite being a little less powerful than some other Bass Amplifiers, I find that it is still perfect for small venues that I play in.

    Overall, I highly recommend this Hartke Kickback 12 Hybrid Combo Amplifier Model, especially if you’re looking for a compact but powerful bass amplifier. The delivery to Oregon was perfect, and the product arrived in excellent condition. It’s worth every penny, and I can’t wait to use it for years to come.

  3. Molly

    I recently bought the Hartke Kickback 12 at this shop, and oh boy, I can already feel the money rolling in! This amplifier has completely transformed my bass playing experience.

    First of all, let’s talk about the brand. Hartke has been a trusted name in the industry for years, known for their top-notch quality and innovative designs. So, you can rest assured that you’re investing in a reliable product.

    Now, onto the juicy details. The Hartke Kickback 12 delivers powerful and clear bass tones like no other. Whether I’m practicing in my bedroom or jamming with my bandmates, this baby never fails to impress. The sound projection is exceptional, ensuring that my bass lines cut through the mix effortlessly.

    One of the things I love about the Kickback 12 is its compact size. It’s portable and easy to carry around, making it perfect for gigging musicians like me. Plus, it features a unique kickback design, allowing you to tilt it back for optimal sound dispersion. This little trick makes a huge difference, especially in smaller venues where every bit of sound matters.

    Another handy feature is the built-in EQ and effects. The control panel is straightforward, even for someone like me who is fairly naïve when it comes to sound engineering. I can easily tweak the settings to find my desired tone, experimenting with different levels of bass, treble, and midrange frequencies.

    To sum it up, the Hartke Kickback 12 is a game-changer for bass players. Its remarkable sound quality, portability, and user-friendly features make it a worthwhile investment. Trust me, with this bad boy by your side, you’ll not only make people groove to your bass lines but also make some serious money in the music industry.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the recommended power setting for the Hartke Kickback 12 amplifier when used with an electric bass guitar, and how do I switch between different power settings?

The recommended power setting for the Hartke Kickback 12 amplifier when used with an electric bass guitar is to use the 60-watt or 30-watt power setting. The 60-watt setting provides a louder and more powerful sound, while the 30-watt setting offers a cleaner and warmer tone that's better suited for practice sessions or smaller venues.

To switch between different power settings on the Hartke Kickback 12 amplifier, follow these steps:

1. Make sure your bass guitar is unplugged from the amplifier.
2. Locate the "POWER" button on the front panel of the amplifier. It's a large, silver button with an image of an electrical plug and socket.
3. Press and hold the "POWER" button for about 3 seconds until the LED light below the button starts blinking rapidly. This indicates that the amplifier is in standby mode and ready to be configured.
4. While still holding down the "POWER" button, press and release the "FX LVL" button (located just below the "POWER" button) once. The LED light below the "FX LVL" button will start blinking slowly, indicating that you've entered the power setting menu.
5. Continue holding down the "POWER" button, then press and release the "FX LVL" button again (once more). The LED light below the "FX LVL" button will blink faster, indicating that you are now in the 30-watt power setting mode.
6. To switch to the 60-watt power setting, repeat steps 4 and 5 but press and release the "FX LVL" button three times instead of two. The LED light below the "FX LVL" button will blink even faster, indicating that you are now in the 60-watt power setting mode.
7. Release the "POWER" button to lock in your chosen power setting. The LED light below the "POWER" button will stop blinking and remain lit steadily, indicating that the amplifier is ready for use with your bass guitar.
8. Plug your bass guitar back into the amplifier and adjust the volume, tone, and other settings as needed to achieve your desired sound.