Hughes & Kettner Duotone Combo
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Hughes & Kettner Duotone Combo

Duotone Combo, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Hughes & Kettner in the Duotone series.

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iamqman 08/09/2011

Hughes & Kettner Duotone Combo : iamqman's user review

« Good little combo »
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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 the amp that is favored by Tommy Thayer. Tommy is best known for his contribution to the band Kiss but he also helped to form the band Black N Blue in the early 80's. This was a hair metal ban that was based out of Portland Oregon. Of course Tommy uses the head and not the combo. The combo is the exact same amp as the head but in a combo version and with 50 watts instead of 100. You get all the same great tone and features as well.

UTILIZATION

Channels Clean, Overdrive + Boost
Power 50 Watts
Poweramp 2x EL34
Preamp 5x 12AX7
Effects Accutronics Spring Reverb
Effects Loop parallel
Footswitch/Stageboard 3-way footswitch (FS-Duotone) included
Switching Functions Overdrive, Master 2, Boost
Special Features 2nd Lead Master built in - they´ll hear your solo!
Speaker Outputs 1x 4 Ohms, 2x 8 Ohms in series to internal Speaker
Speakers 1x 12'' Celestion Vintage 30
Protective Cover included
Dimensions 670 x 560 x 250 mm
Weight 27 kg/60 lbs

SOUNDS

You get the same tone out of the combo a you do the head but the speaker you use will change how it is filtered a little bit. This amp is the little brother to the Triamp from Hughes and Kettner. This is a two channel amp with an extra boost option. You get a solid clean tone for one channel and even a good crunch in this channel. Next you have a distortion channel which has a option to boost for even more sustain and gain.

This amp is a modern classic rock beast. The voicing of this amp is pure classic rock. Even though it can get to modern styles with the heavy amounts of distortion and boost, it still is very classic rock. The tone is a British flavored tone which is right up Kiss's ally. So this amp fits the tone of that Band very well.

Use a nice Gibson Les Paul like Tommy and you'll be rocking in Detroit. These amps take pedal very well so the effects loop is a nice convenience for delays and other effects

OVERALL OPINION

At new these amps come in right around $2399. Not a bad price for a boutique amp with multiple channels. Many retailers do not carry the amp an more and I believe that HUghes and Kettner will be phasing out this version or model. So the used market is going to the be the only way to go very soon if you want this amp.