Hartke, an industry leader in bass amplification, announces two new lightweight powerhouses, the LX8500 and the LX5500 Bass Amplifiers, at NAMM 2020. These Class D amplifiers weigh under nine pounds, produce 800-watts and 500-watts of real continuous power and are paired with a rich sounding, tube-driven preamp with Hartke tone stack EQ. The LX8500 ($599.99) and LX5500 ($449.99) will be available in Q1 at major MI retailers.

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Class A Tube Tone

Supported by an extraordinary amount of power, the LX series amps feature a Class A tube preamp that responds dynamically to any playing technique or instrument. The Hartke Tone Stack EQ section is tailored to the bass guitar and provides players the ability to dial in a variety of tones for any genre. Shape and Frequency knobs provide detailed control of critical midrange frequencies and familiar Bass and Treble controls allow players to sculpt a distinctive modern or vintage tone. The Brite button boosts high frequencies to bring out the top-end shimmer of the bass and highlight natural harmonic overtones.

Onboard Effects

LX series amplifiers include an all new integrated Drive control that can be adjusted to add a touch of grit to cut through or maxed out for an authentic fuzz tone. A variable Compressor knob can be used to smooth out transients and balance dynamics for players that employ slapping, tapping and thumb-picking techniques. An 1/8” Aux input and headphone output make the LX series ideal for the practice room, stage, and studio.

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LX8500

The LX8500 is Hartke’s most powerful Class-D amplifier, weighs just 8.5 pounds and provides 800-watts of continuous power. The LX8500 features two TRS footswitch inputs to engage the Drive, Effects Loop, Brite and Frequency parameters and is available for $599.99.

Product Features

  • 800-watt continuous Class-D amplifier
  • Weighs 8.5 lb.
  • Classic 12AX7 Class A tube preamp circuitry
  • Hartke tone stack EQ, including Shape, Frequency, Bass and Treble control
  • Compressor knob controls bass dynamics
  • Drive control for extra grit
  • Brite button for high-frequency boost.
  • ¼” input
  • 1/8” Aux input
  • 1/8” headphone output
  • TRS foot switch outputs for Drive & FX and Brite & Frequency
  • ¼” Tuner output
  • Output mute switch
  • Integrated carry handle
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LX5500

The LX5500 weighs just eight pounds and provides 500-watts of continuous power. Available for $449.99, the LX5500 is the answer for bass players looking for a compact and comprehensive bass guitar amplifier.

Product Features

  • 500-watt continuous Class-D amplifier
  • Weighs 8 lb.
  • Classic 12AX7 Class A tube preamp circuitry
  • Hartke tone stack EQ, including Shape, Frequency, Bass and Treble control
  • Compressor knob controls bass dynamics
  • Drive control for extra grit
  • Brite button for high-frequency boost.
  • ¼” input
  • 1/8” Aux input
  • 1/8” headphone output
  • ¼” Tuner output
  • Output mute switch
  • Integrated carry handle

About Hartke:

Hartke revolutionized bass amplification in 1985 when founder Larry Hartke created a unique aluminum cone driver that produced a bass tone with broader dynamics than had ever been heard before. Since then, Hartke has developed a wide range of amplifier and speaker models for various instruments and has introduced their unique sound to a whole new generation of musicians from all genres. Their success can be attributed to Hartke's reputation for quality and excellence, making them one of the largest producers of bass amplification in the world.

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