Hartke Model 2500 250-Watt Bass Head

250W Bass Amp Head with Passive and Active Inputs, Tube Emulation and Solid-state Preamps, and Contour Controls
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Hartke Model 2500 250-Watt Bass Head
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250 Watts for Your Small to Mid-size Bass Rig!

With 250 watts of available power, the Hartke Model 2500 will drive your small- to mid-sized bass rig with incredible clarity and punch. The Model 2500 features the new Hartke silver face chassis and includes a selectable passive or active input, tube emulation and solid-state preamps, variable compression, a 10-band graphic EQ, and high/low frequency contour control.

An extremely loud and punchy amp
The Model 2500 provides 250 watts of power to a 4-ohm speaker system or 180 watts to an 8-ohm speaker system. With that kind of power, the Model 2500 is extremely loud and punchy! In addition, it offers a number of additional advanced features, including front-panel compression and graphic equalizers, effects send and return jacks, an effects send/return balance knob, and a direct output with ground lift and pre- or post-EQ selection.

Hartke Model 2500 Bass Amp Head Features:
  • 250 watts of power at 4 ohms or 180 watts of power at 8 ohms
  • Tube emulation and solid-state preamps
  • Active and passive inputs
  • Rotary bass and treble contour controls
  • 10-band graphic EQ
  • Adjustable compression

Additional Media

Read the Model 2500 Manual!
Bass Guitar Amp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type Solid State
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 250W
Effects Yes
Compression Yes
EQ 10-band Graphic
Inputs 2 x Instrument (Passive, Active)
Outputs 2 x 1/4" (Speaker)
Effects Loop Yes
Height 3.75"
Width 19"
Depth 13"
Weight 19.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number HA2500

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Nice Amp

This little guy is my practice amp. I use him with a GK 4x10. Very clean amp. Real faithful reproduction of both bass guitar and full scale EUB. I run it pretty much flat with some high end contour roll off. I perform mostly rock at fairly high volume levels. I have another rig for performing that lives in the rehearsal hall and travels with the rig. I would not recommend this combination for the gigging I do. Not loud enough. Tapped into the mains (PA) it would be fine. My need was an amp that would reproduce a sound close to my performance rig without the volume, size, and cost. This little guy does a wonderful job.
Music background: Been playing bass for awhile now.

Awesome practice/stage amp

The Hartke Model 2500 was a replacement for a Crate head which had some 'cooler' features, but lacked a bit of character. The Hartke has some great tone, and is much more customizable in regards to the pre-amp tone and variable selection. The EQ section is perfect for getting a tone that cuts, but supports the bottom end. The low/high shelf filters give even more broad tonal adjustments. All are available via the DI so you can get both a mic'd tone your like and a DI tone to manipulate in software when recording. Great little head.
Music background: bass/guitar player, semi-pro

It Rocks

Bought this amp in Febuary 2010 when i received the amp it was in perfect condition hooked it up to my swr 410 Goliath,man this was a perfect combination the sound is what ive been looking for for a long time, it is easy to get the sound you want which is about anything this amp has great bottom, this amp is used mostly in Church this 2500 fits the bill, but I will be getting the 5500 soon this summer for stage use
Music background: Musician, Producer, Recording Engineer

Hartke 2500

The Hartke 2500 bass head puts out 180 watts to my 12-inch Schroeder lightweight (8 ohm) speaker cab. Adding another 8-ohm speaker would increase wattage to 250 watts. As it is, the head is more than powerful enough for the speaker, which is rated at 300-400 watts. I wanted to step up from my 48-lib. lower-wattage combo amp, and I wanted components I could carry more easily. With the Hartke head and Schroeder speaker, I have two pieces that weigh less than 25 lbs. each--and a huge increase in power, volume, and most important for the kinds of gigs I do, quality of sound. The tube-emulation pre-amp has a great, fat sound; the solid-state pre-amp is more modern, and one can combine them effectively. The EQ sliders are efficient but the 'contour' control, which offers a high or low 'cut' is in my opinion superfluous as it functions as a somewhat redundant equalization tool. Compression control is another plus, and very effective at higher volume, with hard playing. The amp functions quietly, is powerful, weighs about 23 lbs. and features a ground lift switch, a fan, and active or passive inputs. (I have only used the passive input.) All controls and knobs are solid, workmanship seems to be first rate. Comes with an instruction book that should be read cover to cover (if you value your speakers). For the money, I don't think you can go wrong. It's good quality for the money--this amp will easily power a 2x10 or larger cab. I was in touch with the Hartke company twice with questions and received an answer promptly both times.
Music background: Weekend player
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