Hartke LX8500 review

Hartke's new bass amp head sees the esteemed amp-makers deliver power and configurability in spades

Hartke LX8500 review
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Guitar World Verdict

A versatile amp that should appeal to a wide range of players, the Hartke LX8500 is a stage-ready amp with lots of power and the means to control it, with a grown-up EQ, musical drive and an impressive onboard compressor.


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    Hartke has put together a very nice feature set.

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    It's portable.

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    The power is there where you need it.

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    Headphones output makes silent practice a go.

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    Class A tube preamp imbues tone with organic warmth.


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    None, but you might want to size down to the 500-watt format.

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With an artist roster that boasts heavyweights such as Victor Wooten, Nate Watts, David Ellefson, James Genus and Billy Sheehan, Hartke remain one of the key players in the world of bass amps

After venturing into the lightweight amp market just a few years back, the company are now adding to their line-up with the release of the new LX series. 

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