Hartke KickBack 12
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Hartke KickBack 12

KickBack 12, Bassgitarren Combo Verstärker from Hartke in the KickBack series.

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moosers 25/02/2009

Hartke KickBack 12: Produktbewertung von moosers (content in English)

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The Hartke KickBack 12 is a solid state bass amplifier. It has 120 watts of power and can crank pretty loud for such a small amp. It has a 1/4 inch input in front to plug your instrument into, and also has an XLR output in the front for sending a direct signal from the amp. In addition to this, it has a 1/4 inch output for headphones. The amp has setting control knobs for volume, shape, low, mid, and high. It also has a shape button that can be put in or out.

UTILIZATION

The general configuration of the amp is quite easy to follow and easy to use. Getting a good sound is as easy as plugging your bass in and manipulating the controls to your taste. While it is a small amp, it does deliver a big sound that is perfect for practicing with. I don't have the manual for this so I don't know how well it is put together.

SOUNDS

I use the Hartke KickBack 12 for rock and pop music, but it is suitable for all types of music that you are using electric bass guitar in. This amp is made specifically for bass guitar, so I wouldn't use a six string guitar with it, but could also be usable with keyboards. The overall tone is full and you have a nice amount of controls with the EQ and shaping parameters. The sound on this is usable and fine for most situations, but it isn't close to the best sounding bass amplifier in the world.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the Hartke KickBack 12 bass amp for about six months. We needed a cheap bass amplifier for practicing with my band and this has definitley done the trick. It is perfect for these types of situations and would even sound good for a live show. I probably wouldn't record with this, as I usually record bass guitar direct. This being said, have the XLR direct out is helpful and is good if you want to record straight from the amp. The price is reasonable and even though it is a small amp, it delivers a ton of power and sound. Overall, I recommend this amp for bass players looking for a cheap practice amp or something that they can easily move around.