Hartke KB15 Kickback 500W 1x15" Bass Combo

500W 1x15" Bass Guitar Amplifier Combo with Paper/Aluminum Speaker Cone, Neodymium Magnet, Plywood Cabinet, 3-band EQ, Shape Control, and Balanced XLR Output
Hartke KB15 Kickback 500W 1x15
Hartke KB15 Kickback 500W 1x15
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Tilts Back to Project Sound Upward

Hearing your tone as the audience hears it is critical to live performance. The Hartke Kickback bass combo rocks back 45 degrees to deliver sound right up to your ears for accurate midrange and high-end feedback to inform your playing. The Kickback is a powerful stage amp in a compact size with a 15" HyDrive paper/aluminum speaker and 500 watts of power. It's also a useful practice tool with a silent headphone out for late-night woodshedding. For stage tone you can trust, Sweetwater bassists recommend giving the Hartke Kickback a spin.

Hartke Kickback Bass Combo Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Kickback cab design projects sound on 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 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 Bass Combo Amplifier Features:
  • Kickback design projects sound on 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)
Hear your tone as the audience does with the Hartke Kickback Bass Combo Amplifier!

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Tech Specs

Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 500W Peak, 250W RMS
Speakers 1 x 15"
EQ 3-band EQ
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4" (external speaker out), 1 x XLR (direct out), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
Height 21.25"
Width 17.55"
Depth 16.73"
Weight 35.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number HMKB15

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Hartke KB15

As a life time user of Ampeg, I am presently surprised at the performance of this amp.im getting up in my years and wanted something lighter to transport. Only 35 lbs fits the bil, but this amp sounds great. I would recommend it to everyone.
Music background: Club performer

Sweet Bass Amp

Without a lot of bells and whistles, this combo amp really has impressed me. I needed a portable 15 inch for playing out and recording in my home studio. The loudness is more than enough for a medium-sized venue. The shaping EQ really works and can get that rounded sound or with a twist of a knob get that funky treble. Push the button and the EQ cuts out - easy. I was drawn by the kick-back design as I'm using it for several purposes - tip back so I can hear over the drums in practice or straight up to aim the sound at the audience. The headphone plug is great and away from the input plug in so the cords don't get tangled. For a larger venue, the XLR will always be there. The metal grill is good and the amp generally feels sturdy.

I'm very impressed.

After opening the box and moving my KB15 around I was happy to feel that the 36lbs was very manageable. After powering it up and plugging my 68 P bass in I would say it took less than a minute before I thought Wow! I just bought a new amp that will cover a large portion of my live performances. So far I'm very impressed.


I purchased my KB15 because I wanted a smaller and lighter rig for gigging. This combo makes it easy to shape the sound to your liking, and looks to be of excellent build quality. Had my first gig with it two nights ago and it was great in every way. Plenty of power, nice tight clean sound but with plenty of bottom. The only thing that would make it better is if it came with a cover. However, there are several vendors who make covers designed for this combo. For overall quality, sound and value, this KB15 is a winner.
See also: Bass Combo Amps, Hartke, Hartke Bass Guitar Combo Amps