Hartke Kickback KB12 review

An affordable 500W bass amp combo with volume to spare

Hartke Kickback KB12
(Image: © Hartke)

Guitar World Verdict

A reasonably priced combo that packs a wallop.


  • +

    Big power; solid construction; tight and controlled sound


  • -

    No auxiliary input jack

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The multi-faceted hustle that characterizes my musical life involves an eclectic array of musical jobs, lest I become that all-too-common cliché: a musician unable to afford living in an expensive city.

A constant companion, though, has been the steady march of students through my apartment door, many of whom are rank beginners. What’s remarkable to me is that many of these nascent shredders don’t own an amp, meaning they’ve never been responsible for the visceral thrill of a thunderous open E. It’s like they’re surfers who only frequent waterpark wave pools; they’re missing the point.

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