BassKick 505 review by Hughes & Kettner

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (1 vote)
Hughes & Kettner: BassKick 505

Price paid: € 200

Purchased from: secondhand

Sound — 8
I have a Tanglewood Canyon 4 bass with Mighty Mite pick up. I play in cover bands that cover a bit of absolutely everything, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Zep, Hendrix, Smashing Pumpkins, Tracy Chapman, Damien Rice, Joan Armatrading, Alexisonfire, Britney Spears... (no not really) and is amp is coping well with everything. I noticed a lack of volume when plugged into the active input so I changed the battery in my bass and tried again but still no improvement, playing through the passive input works perfectly. The Tweeter can be turned on and off but with the tweeter on there is a bit of crackling even at low volumes, it could be an easy fixed but with the tweeter off and the EQ tweeked all A OK!

Overall Impression — 10
I bought this amp secondhand and only because it was through a friend of a friend. I could find next to nothing about the amp online and still can't. From what I have been told by the previous owner, this amp has been gigged and rehearsed for at least 12 years and apart from wear on the handles, the amp is in fairly good condition. Hughes & Kettner seem to have made this to last and it is doing a great job so far.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Bought this amp on a Friday, took it home and fiddled for an hour and gigged it the next day. The bits mentioned above are probably all fixable and will be fixed when I have the money but the amp works great as it is and we are talking about an amp that is possible 15 to 20 years old.

Features — 10
This amp was made in the late 90's, but the information available on the net or even from Hughes & Kettner is near zero which is one of the reason behind this review (my first). On the 505 you get active/passive inputs, headphone input, 4 band EQ, Master volume, tweeter on/off switch, Gain and Sound Matrix. The Gain can be used to lift the volume further and as a sort of built in distortion, it works brilliantly. The sound matrix has 4 preset EQ's and an ON/OFF switch, the 4 preset EQ's are 1. For all-round sound. 2. For slap 3. Finger picking and 4. Rock, used best with the gain pushed up. It has a 15" speaker and a tweeter. Round the back you have inputs for the speaker plus for connecting another Cab if you wanted (8ohms, 4ohms min) line out, matrix foot pedal input and fx loop inputs/outputs.

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    Indeed the 505 is a tank.. Had mine for more than a decade and it has needed only minimal TLC.