Hartke VX3500
Hartke VX3500

VX3500, Bass Guitar Combo Amp from Hartke in the VX series.

Robin Schneider 08/16/2012

Hartke VX3500 : Robin Schneider's user review

«  Very good price / quality ratio »

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Value For Money : Excellent
This is a bass combo mixed lamp / transistor.
The preamp section is mixed, with the possibility of combining the two floors, is the power output transistor. The amp delivers 350Watts, which is ample for many rooms.

The preamp section offers two gain settings, has a lamp, a transistor, the two are used simultaneously.

Next is a compressor which is set via a single knob.
The most interesting part of the amp is a 10 band equalizer.
A section outline, an EQ simplest way to quickly adjust the bass and treble at 100Hz to 10K (yes it had its effect on low).

Finally, the master volume.

The connection is made by jack at the front, with separate entrance Active and passive.

to the rear is an XLR DI output on a console to send to, an effects loop in jack.
And of course the HP port to disconnect the HP integrated.

Level speakers, we have 4 classic Boomers cardboard (not aluminum), and a titanium tweeter.


You plug, you ride a knob of the master and preamp, and it's good!

The manual is not important, but it is quite full.

Basic sound Hartke is obtained. Accurate enough, rather metal (but less than the body with aluminum cone) but also very flexible.

Depending on whether one uses rather the preamp tube or transistor, we get a thicker sound a stink with the lamp (over medium Netherlands) or more neutral with the transistor. Personally I put the lamp Midi preamp and preamp transistor 9H and I like the rendering.

With the compressor can cut corners, as for a game that very irregular with a pick to get a good sustain on fingerstyle. The LED is not accurate to say the action of the compressor, it is only necessary to rely on the ears.

The ten-band equalizer is the best section of this amp, with well-chosen frequencies that can really shape the sound. Then simply complete the EQ contour, and we get what we want.


I play a lot of styles, and this amp fits easily.
It is in top form on the nervous rock, punk, stoner, etc. ...
To dub / funk it may miss some real low and being too specific in the mid / high.

I use it mainly with a Rickenbacker 4003 and an overdrive pedal Mojo.
This set works well and gives a very low present and alive.


I use it for several years, I've always loved the sound Hartke but with this amp you get the best price for a more than adequate.

I remake that choice without hesitation, my bass too.

I have tried many other bass amp models, but I never get the sound I want. Or spending a lot of time on set.

Its only flaw is its DI output, a few feeble and strangely does not provide a easy to mix or add sound. A good external DI is a better choice.