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Hartke Kickback KB12 500-watt Bass Combo Amplifier

Hartke has revamped its acclaimed Kickback Series Bass Combos with a new high-powered, lightweight design.


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Retaining the classic enclosure, the Kickback KB12 now features Hartke's patented HyDrive Speaker Technology. With 500 watts of Class D power, this  combo is ruggedly portable and delivers serious bass tone that cuts through the mix.

The Hartke KB12 HyDrive 12" speaker features a carefully crafted paper/aluminum hybrid cone driver. The hybrid makeup delivers an exceptional blend of warmth and attack that can't be attained by traditional all-paper bass speakers. The use of rare earth neodymium magnets also helps to maintain lightweight portability without sacrificing any of the legendary Hartke attack.

Shape Your Tone
Designed to produce a responsive bass tone that's both tight and warm, the KB12 provides users with comprehensive tone control. Quickly dial in tone adjustments with the Shape knob and full 3-band EQ. When activated, the Shape knob selects the frequency range of a unique, fixed EQ curve, resulting in a greater variety of color and harmonics.

Kickback Versatility
Beyond sitting upright, the KB12 can be placed in "kickback" position for superior directionality and increased high-end clarity on stage. With a headphone output for home practice, an XLR direct output for live performance and a lightweight Class D amplifier, these combos are the answer for all bassists.

Get your Hartke Kickback KB12 500-watt Bass Combo Amplifier today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

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    Bass Combo Amplifier

What a happy little amp!


I keep it close and love it the most!

Debbie Do it All

Tahlequah OK


This light little amp is a monster!


My "big rig" that I use for large indoor and outside venues is a Trace Elliot 300 watt head (57 lbs.) and a Hartke 410 XL bass cabinet (86 lbs). The Hartke KB 12 has great tonal quality and percussive punch that sounds really close to my "big rig" and it only weighs 28 lbs!! Granted that at some point the Hartke reaches it's one 12'' speaker limit, but I was surprised just how loud this little monster can get without losing its exceptional tonal quality. From now on, this is my amp of choice on gigs. With a little PA system support, I can do just about any gig with the KB 12 without carrying the 143 lb back-breaker "big rig." Get smart and go light. I highly recommend the Hartke KB 12!


Totowa New Jerset


Great amp...


Love this amp. Great sound, plenty of power, very lightweight. Used it at an outside gig last Saturday night and it sounded amazing. Highly Recommended!!!


The Ozarks


Small/Powerful Bass Amp


Practice or a gig, great powerful compact amp.


Riverside, RI


Love the sound of this little monster!


This amp sounds great. Light weight but big sound. Only negative is that there is no aux in jack.

Richie C.

Suffolk County NY


Hartke Kickback KB12 500-watt Bass Combo Amplifier


The full 3-band EQ that the Hartke Kickback KB12 lets you set the sound you need for your live shows without having to carry a big bass amp. lessen you load without sacrificing sound.


store 54


Kick back and enjoy the bass


This is a terrific lightweight bass amp with incredible tone and a lot more volume than you would expect from something so small and lightweight. When it comes to combo amps, having a kickback is a must for me. The speaker is very durable (a hybrid of paper and aluminum) so it stands up to the 500w amp inside the combo. Having a direct XLR out is also very useful for live shows so you can run straight into the house board for easy control of your sound. This is a real hands on product review by Steve at Sam Ash Music in Lyndhurst, OH.


Cleveland, OH


Tighter BASS! Tone Control!


Much like the 15" variant, this guy gives you powerful but tighter bass. You compromise with a little earlier rolloff, but the overall tightness and compact form factor make this guy really worth it. Youve got great control parameters to shape your tone, and don't be afraid to plug in a synth, especially Moog! Push it to the limits and watch as it won't even break a sweat!


Edison, NJ


Great for practice or performing


Great amp for practice at home or playing live on stage! Good amount of power (500 watts) so its great for jamming with the band or playing small venues. For larger shows, you can run a line out from the amp to the house PA and get more volume and power! Compact and portable with awesome, versatile sound quality.


Sam Ash Music Ontario


Huge sounding bass amp


This is an awesome combo amp for the price. The sound is huge and it's easy to carry for gigging musicians. The tone controls are versatile and easy to use and there are no frills. I'd recommend this to anyone who plays gigs or just wants something loud to practice with at home.

Matty P

New Brunswick, NJ


Kickback KB12 500-watt Bass Combo Amplifier

4.5 13


Series Kickback
Model KB15
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for TWO YEARS and labor for TWO YEARS from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.