Hughes & Kettner QC 412 : iamqman's user review
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This a German company who designs high quality guitar amps for touring musicians and the average consumer. They guitar amps that range from just a few hundred dollars to several thousand. The have a flagship amplifier and this is it. The Trimap from Hughes and Kettner.
Some big names have pickup amps from Hughes and Kettner including Alex Lifeson from the band Rush and Tommy Thayer from the band Kiss. Those two gentlemen have their own signature models but they have used been great artist for this company.
This is a bass amp for those who need a good little combo to practice at home with. You wouldn't think it but this thing has 400 watts of power. Just by first glance you would not think that you could get 400 watts of power from this thing, but it pacts a wallop. This is he same amp a the QC 310 but just an extra bump in wattage up to 400 from 300.
Power 400 Watts
Effects Loop serial
Footswitch/Stageboard optional FS-2
Switching Functions FX-Loop, Punch
Special Features Ultra Low Weight Okume housing
Line Out balanced
Compressor Tube Growl
Equalizer 4-Band parallel
Tubes 1x 12AX7
Speaker Outputs 2x 4-8 Ohms in series to internal speaker, 1/4
Dimensions 550 x 550 x 350 mm
Weight 19 kg/43 lbs
This amp has a nice DuraDome Neodymium speaker inside. The tone is nice and punchy and gets gnarly growl tone that is suitable for crunch tones in your music. It also has a balanced line out for going straight into a house pa system or mixer or even going direct when in a recording session.
The tone is a great bass tone. You have a saturation overdrive control knob that allows you to drive your tone even more than simple bass clean tone. The amp also has a great serial effects loop for allowing you to incorporate your favorite effects pedals or rack units into your sound. This is one fine bass amp and very versatile amp as well.
These amps have been discontinued for some time now. I have no idea what these are going for on the used market I have seen the 310 version for around $300 so I can only assume that this one would fetch a little more than that.
These amps vary between wattage and speaker size. This is the lowest priced version of this model. It s a great amp for those needing a good practice bass amp or a convenient combo to go direct with.