Hughes & Kettner Statesman Dual EL34
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Hughes & Kettner Statesman Dual EL34

Statesman Dual EL34, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Hughes & Kettner in the Statesman series.

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iamqman 08/04/2011

Hughes & Kettner Statesman Dual EL34 : iamqman's user review

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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 50 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. Here you have EL34 power tubes which will give you more midrange and quicker breakup fr distortion. It sound fantastic in this amp. This amp will have a nice crunch sound and less of a clean sound compared to the El84's and the 6L6's. This amp is the exact same amp as the black standard head but just i a cool brown oxblood tolex covering. You get the same great features and tone.

UTILIZATION


Hughes & Kettner Statesman DUAL EL34 Oxblood Features:


Channels Clean + Twang, Overdrive + Boost
Oxblood Brown Tolex
Power 50 Watts
Poweramp 2x EL34
Preamp 2x 12AX7
Effects Accutronics Spring Reverb
Effects Loop Serial/Parralel selectable
Footswitch/Stageboard 1x FS-3N included, FS-2 as an option
Switching Functions Channels, Boost, Second Master; with 2nd FS-2: Reverb, FX-Loop
Special Features Second Master, Twang and Boost Mode, adjustable Reverb Balance, second Master
Equalizer 3-band EQ per channel
Speaker Outputs 1x 4 Ohms, 1x 8 Ohms/2x 16 Ohms , 1x16 Ohms
Suggested Speaker Cabinet STM 412, STM 212
Protective Cover included
Dimensions 678 x 254 x 253 mm
Weight 15,3 kg/33,7 lbs

SOUNDS


There is no difference in tone with this amp compared to the black standard version. This amp sounds great with the El34's power tubes. You get a nice midrange boost and a good boost in the crunch distortion. 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.

OVERALL OPINION

At new these amps come in right at around $900, which is a great price a very good quality build and sounding combo amplifier. There is no up charge for down charge for this brown tolex option. 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 amp for light rock, country, or pop music.