Hughes and Kettner is a company that has some stellar amps and combos and then a bunch of stuff that people really never know about. They have the staple amps such as The Coreblade, Duotone, and the Triamp and then they have amps such as this one that never really catch on. Many of these types of amps where a company goes of in a direction that is unfamiliar territory to them makes. This is one of those amps where it is a solid state amp and not a very good one. It does was it is supposed to do but it isn't something that I think a great company like Hughes and Kettner to do. Leave its to Vox and Marshall to make garbage solid state amps for the non professional
Channels 3: Clean, Crunch, Lead
Power 100 Watt
Poweramp Current Feedback
Effects Accutronics® Spring Reverb
Effects Loop parallel
Speaker Outputs 2x 4-8 Ohms
Suggested Speaker Cabinet AX 412
Dimensions 745 x 275 x 245 mm
Weight 13 kg
Certainly this is not a bad amp when it comes to solid state amps but I guess I just don't expect thing like this from a great company like these guys. This is a three channel amp that has some great features and the overall tone is a pretty good one in this arena.
First you get a clean channel and that is generally pretty good on solid state amps. At least I prefer a solid state clean sometimes especially when we are talking about a Roland JC120. This is not JC120 quality and tone but it does a nice job for the price point. Next you have a crunch channel and this is good for classic rock tones such as The Who, some AC/DC, or even some LEd Zeppelin. This channel can even go all the way through the 80's hair metal days up through the garbage 90's when the didn't know what amp distortion was and to today's modern rock. The final channel is the lead channel and it is voiced for leads. It has a bite and good upper mid in the frequencies. It is also good for shredding and nu-metal type tones
These amps have long been discontinued so the used market is the only way to go. I would not suggest this amp. Hughes and kettner have some newer solid state amps that have more features and a general better all around tone. The tone of this is decent and if you can get it for around $100 then I'd go for it, but I would suggest the newest edition to the Attax family. That amp is where it's at as far as solid states.
it's big 100 watts!
a transistor for me sounds better than the other transistor.
it 3 Channel (clean, distortion, master).
it really is super simple, easy to understand, no need manual.
it has a killer sound, hard to beat for a transistor!
It can be a little too low but its not in any gene.
I would say that this amp is very suitable for metal, thrash, heavy, neo, rock, hard rock and everything that goes with it!
the clean is pretty cold and crystalline.
the crunch is very rock.
Overdrive is perfect for metal etc. ...
Master has three knobs to set the power, fx loop (which I find no hothouse nothing ^ ^) and reverb.
I play with a USA Jackson soloist SL2H is frankly the two make a perfect sound.
I use it for a few weeks and it suits me perfectly.
I recommend this amp really, if I had to choose between a randall hughes and kettner and I choose the hughes kettner and without hesitation!
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Fabio_Lyon's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Trs VERY easy to use !!!!!!!!!! At the same time it's an amp ...
Tte excellent transistor amp! As you can see: the indoor lamp ZERO, by the way there's really not much when you open the bte, many many empty ... However, its huge for the transistor, it sends it on! A disto type too Hardcore Metal American, with knob "Voicing" which takes you to sound Punk HxC Panteresk sound. I prefer it with a good pedal lamp in between (like H & K tube or Vox Tonelab).
But hey, wholesale .. remember on this head: big sound, solid (and that's saying something), trs qualitprix good value!! disto but trs typ "big sound metal hardcore."
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patchylepirate's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Configuration very simple. Buttons, including a 3 caneaux and a master volume for the two lead
No man is without an amp modeling, so I see no need to have a
So, I use a Fender Stratocaster copy of 1975 with a Korg AX1500G.
The clean sound is excellent, really in the lineage of the Blue Edition of the same brand, obviously this is not the lamps, but it is exceptional for a qd same transistor.
The distos are rotten, for against, even my little 40-watt onquest the distortion is better, but I use distos not, so I pass this point
The reverb is good up to half.
Power is monstrous, really H & K in full. repeating with a drummer Bourin I use it not even half of its power.
It's not a Fender, do not even expect qd slamming. But versatile enough
I've had earlier this month, but I was eyeing it for some time now.
A price which I bought for next to nothing, so yes, I do it again this choice easily