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Statesman Dual EL84, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Hughes & Kettner in the Statesman series.


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  • Manufacturer:Hughes & Kettner
  • Model:Statesman Dual EL84
  • Series:Statesman
  • Category:Tube Combo Guitar Amps
  • Added in our database on: 04/22/2007

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Hughes & Kettner Statesman Dual EL84 user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 10 reviews )
 6 reviews60 %
 4 reviews40 %
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iamqman08/01/2011

iamqman's review"What a champ amp"

Hughes & Kettner Statesman Dual EL84
This is the Statesman amp series from Hughes and Kettner. These amps have a polished bluesy rock quality to them. These are not the super high gainers that most of there amps lean towards. These amps have a mild voicing for classic rock and blues based music. This is a four channel or two channel amp depending on how you look at it. You get a clean with a twang boost and then the overdrive channel with a boost. So to me this is a two channel amp with four settings.

This is a 20 watt amp that has a spring reverb unit inside and three band EQ. If you play classic rock or just need an amp with a good overdrive but not a hot rod tone then this is a great amp to have. This amp is the same as the Quad version but with only 2 El84 power tubes. The wattage will be lowered to 20 watts rather than 40 so you'll have less headroom but more crunch without having to turn the amp up louder. This is the exact same amp as the black standard tolex but just in a nice oxblood tolex covering. You get the same great tone and features but just in a more suitable cosmetic up grade.

UTILIZATION

Channels Clean + Twang, Overdrive + Boost
Power 20 Watts
Poweramp 2x EL84
Preamp 2x 12AX7
Effects Accutronics Spring Reverb
Effects Loop Serial
Footswitch/Stageboard 1x FS-2 included, 2nd FS-2 as an option
Switching Functions Channels, Boost; with 2nd FS-2: Reverb, FX-Loop
Special Features Twang and Boost Mode, adjustable Reverb Balance
Equalizer Shared 3-band EQ
Speaker Outputs 1x 8-16 Ohms, parallel
Speakers 1x 12'' Eminence Rockdriver Cream
Protective Cover included
Dimensions 560 x 470 x 250 mm
Weight 19,5 kg / 43 lbs

SOUNDS

This tone is the same as the other black tolex version. That would be the only change and that is the outside. This amp will have more crunch at lower volumes since it is half the wattage of the Quad. The tone is more of a dry tone that takes pedals very well and has a great switchable effects loop. The clean is very twangy and fits for pop or country picking. Use a Fender Telecaster with this channel and you feel some great quick lead plucking. Then you click on the twang boost and then you get a nice boost in the highs and there you have perfect sparkle tone that doesn't just go with country but any style of music.

The overdrive channel is a good overdrive for classic rock, pop, country, and jazz. This is a good channel for the guys who just need a little gain that will compliment their guitars rather then a distortion that is just screaming. These are great amps for the simple player who loves tone. What I like about this amp is that the EL84 tubes makes this amp fit better with the voicing of the amp. The 6L6's or El34's don't match as well with the way this amp feels and is voiced towards.

OVERALL OPINION

At new these amps come in right at around $959, which is a great price a very good quality build and sounding combo amplifier. This is a great two channel amp that has some good features but not too much going on that clouds the natural tone of the amp. I I would recommend this amp to anyone who need a good combo for light rock, country, or pop music.
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iamqman07/19/2011

iamqman's review"Classic amp!"

Hughes & Kettner Statesman Dual EL84
This is the Statesman amp series from Hughes and Kettner. These amps have a polished bluesy rock quality to them. These are not the super high gainers that most of there amps lean towards. These amps have a mild voicing for classic rock and blues based music. This is a four channel or two channel amp depending on how you look at it. You get a clean with a twang boost and then the overdrive channel with a boost. So to me this is a two channel amp with four settings.

This is a 20 watt amp that has a spring reverb unit inside and three band EQ. If you play classic rock or just need an amp with a good overdrive but not a hot rod tone then this is a great amp to have. This amp is the same as the Quad version but with only 2 El84 power tubes. The wattage will be lowered to 20 watts rather than 40 so you'll have less headroom but more crunch without having to turn the amp up louder.

UTILIZATION

Channels Clean + Twang, Overdrive + Boost
Power 20 Watts
Poweramp 2x EL84
Preamp 2x 12AX7
Effects Accutronics Spring Reverb
Effects Loop Serial
Footswitch/Stageboard 1x FS-2 included, 2nd FS-2 as an option
Switching Functions Channels, Boost; with 2nd FS-2: Reverb, FX-Loop
Special Features Twang and Boost Mode, adjustable Reverb Balance
Equalizer Shared 3-band EQ
Speaker Outputs 1x 8-16 Ohms, parallel
Speakers 1x 12'' Eminence Rockdriver Cream
Protective Cover included
Dimensions 620 x 490 x 250 mm
Weight 21,9 kg / 48,2 lbs

SOUNDS

This amp will have more crunch at lower volumes since it is half the wattage of the Quad. The tone is more of a dry tone that takes pedals very well and has a great switchable effects loop. The clean is very twangy and fits for pop or country picking. Use a Fender Telecaster with this channel and you feel some great quick lead plucking. Then you click on the twang boost and then you get a nice boost in the highs and there you have perfect sparkle tone that doesn't just go with country but any style of music.

The overdrive channel is a good overdrive for classic rock, pop, country, and jazz. This is a good channel for the guys who just need a little gain that will compliment their guitars rather then a distortion that is just screaming. These are great amps for the simple player who loves tone. What I like about this amp is that the EL84 tubes makes this amp fit better with the voicing of the amp. The 6L6's or El34's don't match as well with the way this amp feels and is voiced towards.

OVERALL OPINION

At new these amps come in right at around $959, which is a great price a very good quality build and sounding combo amplifier. This is a great two channel amp that has some good features but not too much going on that clouds the natural tone of the amp. I I would recommend this amp to anyone who need a good combo for light rock, country, or pop music.
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mooseherman09/20/2010

mooseherman's review"Pretty solid Tube Amp from a great company"

Hughes & Kettner Statesman Dual EL84
This is a tube amp with 2 channels that is made by Hughes and Kettner, a German company that makes quality amplifiers. The two channels are clean and drive. The amp is only 20 watts, however, don't let that discourage you, wattage is not comparable to loudness. There is only one 1/4" input. There is a volume knob for the clean channel, and a master volume and gain knob for the drive channel. The EQ is three-band (bass, middle, treble) and works for both channels. There are also additional features, boost and twang. Boost increases the gain slightly and works well for playing leads. The twang feature changes the sound to make it more twangy, it does exactly what it implies.

UTILIZATION

I thought that only having one EQ for both channels was going to be a problem, but I've found lately that I don't really think that's the case. Mostly, my drive channel has a similar tone to the clean, just with a little more dirt on it. Usually an EQ setting that works for the clean channel will also work for the Drive. I find that having the footswitch that can control the channel settings, as well as the boost and twang settings, is a nice touch. It makes playing live much easier if you need to adjust settings or kick the gain up a little bit for a solo. It does take a while to dial in a nice sound compared to some other amps but that's not really a problem.

SOUNDS

I really like the sound of this amp a lot. I don't think that it has the "perfect" sound but I like the variety of tones that you can get. The clean sound is good, I definitely prefer using a single-coiled guitar like a Tele or Strat with it, it sounds better than a Les Paul or SG, though hollow bodies sound good too. The clean tones in those respect are crisp, smooth, and warm. I think that the drive channel has more universal appeal. With a single-coiled guitar, the best tones are the low-gain, high volume overdrive tones. With a humbucking guitar like a Les Paul, the heavier, more distorted tones are phenomenal. This isn't to say that you can't do the opposite, it's just that heavy distortion will make a single-coil guitar very noisy. Humbuckers also tend to weaken a lighter overdrive, at least to me. Either way there's a lot of variety to be had here.

OVERALL OPINION

I like the variety of tones that are possible with this amp. I don't really like the fact that there is so much fiddling with buttons to get those varieties of sound, but as long as you aren't playing 3 or 4 different genres at a time this shouldn't be much of a problem. I think that it is a great bargain even new, so finding a used one is a great deal. The sound quality overall is superb. I've played a lot of tube amps and this holds up with some of my favorites. I'd recommend that many people check this amp out, I'm sure many folks would be satisfied.
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guychton05/28/2013

guychton's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" excellent value for money"

Hughes & Kettner Statesman Dual EL84
amp lamps 2 12AX7 preamp, 2 EL 84 power is about 20 watts, 2 channels, equation 3 shared on two channels, reverb bands ... check out the website builder or read the previous reviews. the hp is fine

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UTILIZATION

amp very simplistic direct competitor Vox AC15
intuitive setting, there is the sound easily. Ok manual

SOUNDS

-For vintage sounds
Great-clean with great headroom. the sound does not easily crunch.
It will overdrive channel crunch to overdrive. the boost is very useful to push in the last entrenchment.

this amp is very dynamic with a lot of harmonics (thanks to EL84). the 20W are inflated to steroids. more than enough for group play (for me by garage rock).

suitable for all the guitars ...
for styles:
jazz / blues / rock / reggae / funk / rock ab / country + + +
hard / heavy + +
Modern + unless they add pedals distos ...

OVERALL OPINION

I bought 6 months ago OCCAZ. super happy, I like the sound. The amp exudes strength, simplicity and efficiency.
this is my second amp lamps. (Before I RG50TC 50 watt EL34)
excellent value for money.
I'm curious to try the other model series of the statesman.
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