Hartke has announced the addition of legendary bassist Geezer Butler to its family of artists. Best known as the co-founder of the iconic band BLACK SABBATH, Butler has been a mainstay in the hard rock community for over 40 years. A prolific songwriter, Butler is credited with being the first bassist to experiment with alternate tunings, wrote most of BLACK SABBATH's famous lyrics and was influential in creating the band's now famous sound. He has also served as a major influence playing with HEAVEN & HELL, and his own project, GZR. Geezer joins a stable of Hartke players, including Victor Wooten, Billy Sheehan, Jack Bruce (CREAM), David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Frank Bello (ANTHRAX) and Will Lee ("Late Show With David Letterman").

"It's a true honor to welcome Geezer to the Hartke family," states Director of Marketing for Hartke, Mark Menghi. "Not only is he a pioneer of the bass guitar, but his musical contributions have been instrumental in forming the foundation for what the hard rock and metal genres have become today."

This past April, Butler was a surprise guest at the "Metal Masters 3" clinic at West Hollywood's Key Club. Playing through Hartke's new Kilo Bass Amplifiers, he performed a finale rendition of the BLACK SABBATH fan favorite "Hole In The Sky".

Butler also featured his Hartke setup at the 2012 Download festival in the U.K. on June 10. Over 100,000 fans watched Butler and BLACK SABBATH close the world's premier music festival.

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