Designed to tilt upwards on the stage if you should want it to—and thus, earning its name in the process—the Hartke Kickback 15 Bass Combo, 1" x 15" HMKB15 from Hartke is a 500W combo amplifier intended for electric basses. It utilizes class-D amplification technology, and a 15" HyDrive speaker to deliver a powerful sound. The input jack can accommodate both active and passive basses, and the onboard three-band EQ will let you dial in a variety of tones, augmented all the more by the shape-control circuit. When engaged, this switch applies a 20 dB filter to a given frequency area adjustable via a knob to the right of the switch. The circuit is designed to further enhance your bass tone.
This amplifier boasts both a headphones output for silent practice as well as an XLR output for feeding direct signal to the house, mixer, or recording interface. Should you wish to loop in an external 4-Ohm cabinet, you can do so through its 1/4" speaker jack on the rear. A built-in limiter protects both the speaker and the amp from overloads, and at approximately 35 lb, the amp is relatively portable and lightweight.
Hartke Kickback Bass Combo Amplifier at a Glance:
- Kickback cab design projects sound on an axis or at an angle
- Shape control gives a one-touch boost at 100-900Hz
- Lightweight and easy to gig with
Kickback cab design projects sound on an axis or at an angle
Traditional instrument amplifiers are great for projecting sound toward the audience from onstage. But if you've ever stood over one while playing, you'll know a good portion of your tone doesn't make it up to your ears. The Hartke Kickback stands up like a traditional amp when you have accurate monitoring, and when you need it, tilts back 45 degrees to accurately represent your stage tone.
Shape control gives a one-touch boost at 100-900Hz
The Kickback combo amp has a Shape control in addition to its 3-band EQ to enhance a selected frequency range with the press of a button. This is helpful when you want a bass boost or low-mid bump for a certain section of a song without disrupting your EQ settings. Cycle between 100-900Hz to define the sound you want, then engage any time your tone needs a little sweetening.
Lightweight and easy to gig with
The Kickback is designed to be a gig-friendly option for touring and traveling musicians. A patented HyDrive speaker made from aluminum and paper, a plywood cabinet, and a 500-watt Class D power amp all help to keep weight down for night-after-night portability.
Hartke Kickback 15 Bass Combo, 1" x 15" HMKB15 Features:
- Kickback design projects sound on an axis or tipped back at a 45-degree angle
- 15" HyDrive paper/aluminum speaker with a rare earth neodymium magnet for deep lows and midrange bite
- 500W peak/250W RMS for good stage amplification
- Compact plywood cab and Class D amplifier reduce weight for portability
- 3-band EQ and sweepable Shape control to quickly dial in tones
- Balanced XLR output for sending a stage signal straight to a soundboard or recorder
- Silent headphone amp for late-night practice
- 1/4" speaker output (4 Ohms)
Brand Hartke Manufacture SKU Kickback KB15 UPC 809164018018 Amplifier Type Solid-State Output Power 500 W Peak Channels 1 Master Volume Yes Tone Section Channel 1: Bass, Mid, Treble Inputs 1 x 1/4" Mono Instrument Outputs 1 x 1/4" Stereo Headphone
1 x 1/4" Mono External Speaker
1 x XLR Mono DI
Output Impedance 4 Ohms Mono
Configuration 1 x 15" Speaker Power Rating 500 W Peak
250 W RMS
Cabinet Type Straight Closed Mono Speaker Through/Output 1 x 1/4" Construction Material Plywood Dimensions (WxHxD) 17.6 x 16.7 x 21.3" / 446.0 x 425.0 x 540.0 mm Combo Weight 35.71 lb / 16.2 kg Combo