Hammond XK-3c

61-key Tonewheel Organ with 12 Preset Keys, Drawbars, and Tube Preamp and Overdrive
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Another Instant Classic from Hammond!

The Hammond XK-3c has been designed with the professional musician in mind. Built upon the outstanding features and astounding tone-wheel type sound found on the legendary XK-3 keyboard which is no longer being produced, Hammond engineers have added many of the most requested advanced features and effects never before found on a Hammond keyboard of this price range. Like the XK-3 keyboard, the new XK-3c can be used strictly as a single keyboard or expanded into a two-manual B-3 like organ when used in conjunction with either the innovative PRO or Traditional XK Systems.

Hammond XK-3c Features:
  • 61 keys + 12 preset keys
  • Waterfall keys with velocity
  • Two sets of 9 and one set of two drawbars
  • Vase III sound generator creates 96 digital tone wheels
  • Original B-3 reverse color keys presets
  • Full polyphony (unlimited)
  • Split upper and lower Vibrato/Chorus switches
  • Assignable controller for MIDI instruments
  • Advanced digital Leslie and Vibrato Scanner
  • Enhanced dual tube preamp and Overdrive
Hammond XK-3c - A revamped version of the popular XK-3!

Additional Media

XK-3c User Manual

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Modeling
Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Waterfall
Other Controllers 1 x Pitchbend, 1 x Mod Wheel, 20 x Drawbars
Polyphony 61 Notes
Number of Presets 132
Expansion Optional Lower Manual
Number of Effects 24
Effects Types Leslie, Vibrato, Chorus, Overdrive, EQ, Reverb, Sustain
Audio Inputs 1 x TS (Return)
Audio Outputs 2 x TS, 1 x TRS (Headphones), 1 x TS (Send)
MIDI I/O 2 x In, 1 x Out
Pedal Inputs 2 x Expression, 1 x Foot Switch
Power Supply Included
Height 4.72"
Width 46.85"
Depth 15.75"
Weight 43 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 002-XK-3C

Customer Reviews

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Hammond XK-3C Pro-System

Have had this "Pro-System" for several weeks. This Bucket List purchase is more than worth its weight in GOLD!! Be prepared for its learning curve to take you to places never imagined. A complimenting Leslie 145, 3300 or Studio 12 is waiting in the wings. My 5+ year relationship with Sweetwater & Sr. Sales Engr Marcos Sanchez (xt 1331) is 2nd to none!!! Fantastic Service delivering Quality Products. Thank You SW!!
Music background: Newly Retired Banker working on Keys, Bass, Guitar & Audio.


I have wanted this thing for 2 years. We have built a new band around this sound. When it arrived and I plugged it in, all my expectations were surpassed. Being an older, analogue type guy (a guitarist no less) these controls actually are easier for me to understand. The experienced keybord player who has been playing it has owned a full hammond for years and has nothing but praise for it.
Music background: Hobbyist, 25 years

XK-3c review

I was looking to update my old Roland VK7 clonewheel organ and was intrigued by ads of the new Hammond XK-3c. I read the other review posted here and thought, well maybe I should make the plunge. I used the XK-3c at various gigs over 2 weeks and came to the same conclusions as Jeff did. Nice, but missing the “scream” of my VK7….did I make a big mistake? That’s when I plunged into the manual to see if maybe I could fix this. Wow, was I surprised! There are a plethora of settings for this model. I had been using the default, Preset Key B, which is very bland. I started bumping the EQ and immediately noticed I had my “scream”, but in a much more pleasing way. I also scaled down the chorus/vibrato and percussion settings to what I was used to and discovered this was also an improvement from my Roland. I also flipped through the cabinets, but quickly came back to the default 122 cabinet which seemed to have the most body. There are shortcuts to most parameters and I did all of my “improvements” quickly right before my gig. Our sound man was definitely happy! Wow, the XK-3c is more than I had expected and I just started my tweaking. This organ, I know, will be part of my rig for a long, long time!!!
Music background: keyboardist, recording engineer

xk-3c review

I played an M3 in the 70s and decided to rekindle my Hammond relationship. I currently have a 1947 Hammond CV. When I got the XK-3c I was totally amazed at the sound and multitude of presets that it has. I don't have a leslie or bass pedals yet but stand alone with two manuals it is truly an amazing instrument.Thank you Hammond Suzuki for you inspired technical tweaking of a tride and true product.
Music background: Pro Musician

Little budget, big sound

Our church needed a new organ. Of course the #1 problem was lack of money (as always)... until we were introduced to the XK-3c. We got the entire system AND a Leslie 3300 to go with it. This thing is LOUD. That's all I can say about the volume. You would think you were hearing a full-sized Hammond organ the way this thing sounds. The bass absolutely kicks. And yes you can tweak it in hundreds of ways. Our dealer didn't like it. He said we'd be wanting a full Hammond in a year or less. WRONG! I've played Hammonds for years and I don't even miss the vintage instrument much less a new B-3. The greatest thing of all? Only a mere $8600 vs. $20,000 for a new B-3. I recommend this to any church who wants that Hammond sound and wants it now.
Music background: church organist

Sweetwater Advice

Nick Church

Anyone who ever put their back out lugging a "real" B3 up or down a flight of stairs will welcome this XK-3c with open arms. And your keyboard player will love the sound it makes. Real sounds without real pounds!

Joseph Secu

Nobody builds a Hammond like Hammond. If you're looking for true-to-original B3 sound but without lugging the big stuff, this is your ticket.

Jeff Hollman

When it comes to a portable B3-style organ keyboard, nothing can match the realism of the Hammond XK-3c. But should we expect any less from a keyboard that has the Hammond name on it? I think not... and it also weighs a whole lot less that a "real" B3 organ! What's really cool is that you can add a lower manual keyboard to get the real B3 two-tiered playing experience. There is nothing like the XK-3c!

Kenny Bergle

Really, "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing!" Period.
See also: Hammond, Hammond Organs