Hartke HD75 Bass Combo Amplifier
The Hartke HD75 is a powerful piece of equipment, well suited to musicians looking to produce demo recordings as well as gig in small venues.
While not loud enough for dedicated gigging musicians, the amp comes with some powerful tone-shaping tools.
We would say that this amp would be able to keep up with a drummer in rehearsals, though this really depends on the genre you play and how heavy handed your drummer is.
The key feature of this amp is its graphic EQ. Bass, mid, and treble knobs control sections of the frequency range. A graphic EQ controls a smaller section, which gives you more control when trying to dial in your tone. So, when you use both in conjunction with one another you have access to a huge number of tones.
Furthermore, the Hartke HD75 comes with a 12” speaker, which gives the amp a lot more depth than the smaller amplifiers in the series.
Like other Hartke HD amps, the HD75 includes an AUX-in and a headphone-out.
Additionally, the amp comes with a limiter, which is going to come in handy if you’re planning on pushing this amp’s volume.
Another nice feature of the HD75 is its effects loop, which allows for more signal routing flexibility.
- 12” Speaker
- Controls: Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, 7-Band Graphic EQ
- AUX-Input, Headphone-Output, and Effects Loop
Most users are impressed with the sound that they can get from this amp, and that is saying a lot given its price. Value for money and reliability are two other traits that help keep the Hartke HD75 among the top amps in the market. Interestingly, even keyboardists and guitarists chipped in with their good reports of the amp working well with guitars and keyboards.
Ironically, the loudness of the HD75 turned off a few users, but with some tweaks, it can handle both bedroom levels and jam levels nicely. There are some reports of the cabinet rattling when driven hard, but these reports are very few and far between.
Hartke continues to dominate the sub $500 market segment with their HD series of bass amps, get the HD75 if you're looking for a practice amp that has enough power for small venue gigs.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Bass Amps Under $500.