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Hartke LX5500 500-Watt Bass Amplifier Head

Hartke LX5500 500-Watt Bass Amplifier Head, 500 Watts @ 4 Ohms, 12AX7 Class A Tube Amp Circuitry, Tone Stack EQ, Brite Button for Top-End Presence, Compressor Knob, Effects Send & Return, Aux In, Headphone Out, Balanced XLR Direct Out


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MSRP: Old Price $589.99 Discounted Price $449.99 Save : $140.00 (24%)
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The LX5500 is a compact 500-watt amplifier that weighs just eight pounds and dynamically responds to any playing style. The Class A 12AX7 tube powered preamp allows for a unlimited amount of delightful bass tones to be dialed in while the lightweight Class D amplifier packs 500-watts of real, continuous power — enough to make any cab sing.

Hartke Tone Stacked
Capture the character of the bass guitar as soon as you plug in with the Hartke tone stack EQ that has been specifically tailored for a rich bass tone. The preamp includes the familiar bass and treble controls as well as a Frequency and Shape knob that provide extensive control over mid frequencies. The Brite button can be engaged to boost high frequencies, bringing out the top-end of the bass as well as highlight natural harmonic overtones for a distinct, vivid sound.

Tonal Control
The LX5500 provides two essential onboard effects designed to enhance your playing and add extra options to your tonal arsenal. An integrated Drive control allows the option of mixing in a comfortable amount of grit, or maxing out for a healthy dose of fuzzy goodness. Dial in the right amount of compression to add punch and presence to your attack as well as smooth out transients for players that employ slapping, tapping and thumb picking techniques.

All the Ins & Outs
Lightweight enough to bring anywhere and versatile enough to use with any setup, the LX5500 is the ideal amplifier for the stage and the practice room. An XLR direct out with a pre and post EQ selections allows for direct connection to a PA or recording console. An 1/8" headphone output is ideal for silent practice sessions while 1/8" auxiliary input can be used to connect phones or MP3 players.


  • 500 Watts of Continuous Power @ 4 Ohms
  • Class D Amplifier That Weights 8 lbs.
  • Classic 12AX7 Class A Tube Amp Circuitry
  • Tone Stack EQ w/ Bass, Treble, Shape & Frequency Controls
  • Brite Button for Top-End Presence
  • 1/4" Input Compatible w/ Active or Passive Instruments
  • 1/4" Effects Send & Return Jacks, 1/8" Aux Input, 1/8" Headphone Out, 1/4" Tuner Out
  • Balanced XLR Direct Output w/ Pre-Post Switch
  • Output Mute Switch

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LX5500 Bass Amplifiers 500-watts , tube-driven preamp with Hartke Tone Stack EQ. lightweight class D amplifiers

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Great bass amp head


This is a great bass amp head. I paired it with my hd112 and my ibanez 2405W. The tone that you get out of it is very clean and warm. When using the drive you can get dirty and heavy with it. The Eq let you get a lot of tonal option out of it and is pretty simple to use. The only reason I didn't give it five star was the fan is a little loud when it comes on. but it this issue it is still a very good amp to have.


Goodyear, AZ


Every tone you could want!


I purchased this amp to pair it with a Hartke HyDrive112 1x12". The variety of tones that I can get using my 2019 Fender Jazz Bass Elite is very diverse with plenty of punch and clarity. The Class A Tube preamp with a the Drive at ~9:00 warms up the tone significantly, if that's what you want. The one-knob compressor seems adequate, but I'm using an in-line compressor. Without much fiddling, I can get bright, edgy modern tones, rolled-off tone / bridge pup Jaco tones, James Jamerson Motown tones, Paul McCartney Hoffner tones... If you can imagine it, you can dial it up. Being that the amp and cab together have an extremely wide frequency range, there is little that you can't do. I've been comparing this to my Fender Rumble 500v3, which is a great amp, and I think the Hartke amp/cab is definitely a step up.



LX5500 500-Watt Bass Amplifier Head

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Amplifier Category Head
Amplifier Type Tube
Wattage (Built in/Handling Capacity) 500
Channels 1
Reverb No
Effects Loop Yes
Direct Output Yes
Rechargeable No
Weight 8 lbs.
Dimensions 17.72 x 6.69 x 14.37 inches (WxHxD)
Series LX
Model LX5500
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.

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