Submitted June 19, 2019 by Tom P in Memphis, TN
"Hartke KB12 Combo"
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For any price, it's tough to beat a Hartke. As far as clarity, trueness or quality of tone, amount of headroom, and build or internal joinery of the speaker cabinet, Hartke is and has always been top of the line. I am totally confident with my purchase.. The D.I. out is pre-EQ, pre-Volume, and it adds 6 db's to an input level.!!! So the KB12 works great as a stage monitor with an XLR out to a mixer/PA, as it also is small enough to use at home for practice or recording. There is also a 1/4" out on the back of the amp for an 8ohm output to an external speaker or optional post-EQ output. This will turn off the internal speaker. There is no effects loop on this model. I can honestly say that I have never needed one anyway. I like using pedals, but my pedalboard runs thru the input jack with no worries of ever clipping. btw my Pedaltrain Classic Jr. fits easily on top of this amp., which is convenient for my old back, with less bending over to read/adjust my pedals' settings. Also, the "Shape" feature is extremely helpful in finding the proper mid-range curve for your acoustical surroundings. There is always that "one" low frequency that is louder than the rest and this is where the "Shape" feature helps you locate it and even out that peak in your sound. Finally, this little guy gets plenty loud. Unless you want to start a 5 piece electric band and your competing with 2-4x12 cabs, a singer and a triggered set of drums, you will never have to worry about 250 rms (500) max watts, in a class D, solid state amp being loud enough. Typically, most venues offer PA support for most gigging situations. So, in my opinion, whether you want a 12' or 15" combo amp is merely preference. These are only opinions based on my experiences with this product, and not meant to be construed as fact, neither have I been compensated in any way for my review.
30+ years Bass Guitar, Classical/Acoustic and Electric Guitar
Any and all stringed instrument arrangements. No Commercial Hippity Hop, Pop/Country mass produced digital garbage.
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