Hartke 1410 Combo
Hartke 1410 Combo

1410 Combo, Bass Guitar Combo Amp from Hartke.

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Alive2000 01/27/2009

Hartke 1410 Combo : Alive2000's user review


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As far as i can tell, this is a transistor amplifier. It's never taken long to start up like a tube amplifier would.
The Amp delivers 140 watts of power, and (before I moved out) has shaken the pictures on my parents' walls if it's loud enough and you play low enough.
There is an output and input for effects loops, and an input for the guitar cable and an output for a headphone jack, all of which are 1/4" jacks. There is also your standard power cable input in the back.

the setting controls aren't that sophisticated. From left to right, there is a contour button to give a bit of shape to your bass tone (or not, your choice), the volume, your low tone knob, mid low, mid high, and high tone knob, then you have your compression button.
I've found the settings to be excellent, and I am usually able to get the tone I want for any given moment.


The general setup of the amp is pretty straight forward. This is a "just plug it in and pound out some bass lines" amp. You don't need to work hard to hone in on a good sound. It's pretty easy to come by.

I never had a manual, though. I can't tell you if the user manual was clear or not.


This amp definitely suits my style of music for bass. I've never really needed a complex bass rig for the style I play with it.
I tend to just plug in my Japanese Ibanez Soundgear 5 String bass, and let her rip. I may hook up an old Digitech effects pedal to it now and again for some distortion or chorus effects, but I generally let the contour effect that's built in do most of the effects work. I've also hooked up my solid body acoustic to this for a cleaner sound to the acoustic pickup with no chance of dirtiness.

As I said, I usually use the contour setting with the compression on, with the highs up fairly high for accentuation, and the lows up just as much to even it out. The mid ranges tend to go wherever I feel is necessary for any given song.

There are few sounds I hate from this amp. I'd have to say the ugliest sound would be when I have the Digitech floor processor hooked up and you get the heavily distorted bass with feedback. That's not fun at all.


I've been using this amp since 2001, and I've been extremely happy with it.

The thing I like most about it is it can be as loud as it needs to be, and it's not a huge bass rig that i need to lug around and make multiple trips for. It's heavy enough as it is, which is the thing I don't like about it as much.

I didn't really try a whole lot of amps before deciding on this one. I felt it was a good buy, getting it used, and it had everything I wanted, so I didn't bother with much else.

If I had the opportunity to, I probably would buy this new. Yes. It's that good. And I'd do it even if the opportunity to buy it again came up, knowing what i know now, I'd most certainly get this amp.