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Switchblade 100 Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Hughes & Kettner in the Switchblade series.


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Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Head tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Hughes & Kettner
  • Model: Switchblade 100 Head
  • Series: Switchblade
  • Category: Tube Guitar Amp Heads
  • Added in our database on: 01/23/2006

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Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Head user reviews

Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 7 reviews )
 4 reviews57 %
 2 reviews29 %
 1 user review14 %
iamqman08/17/2011

iamqman's review"Great tone"

Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Head
This amp is a cross between a Triamp and a Coreblade. You get the same channels and features of the Triamp with the voicing, but also the versatility of the Coreblade. What this means is that you have a midi 128 presets that can be store within the amp itself. You also get the effects like delay, modulation and reverb built into the amp. Plus you have TSC technician on board that will bias your amp and also let you known if you are experiencing tube problems.

This is the same amp as the TSC version but doesn't have the TSC or a built-in tube technician. It automatically biases the amp to extend tube life, shuts down defective tubes. So you have everything as the other amp as the TSC other than that particular feature.

UTILIZATION

Channels Clean: Californian, Crunch: Classic British, Lead: British Hi Gain, Ultra: American Hi Gain
Power 100 Watts
Poweramp 4x EL34
Preamp 2x 12AX7
Modeling No
Effects 3 independent Digital-FX processors: Reverb, Delay, Modulation (Chorus, Flanger, Tremolo)
Effects Loop serial/parallel
MIDI built in
Footswitch/Stageboard MIDI-Board FSM-432 included
Switching Functions 4xPreset, Bank up, Bank down, Tap
Special Features All Controls are fully programmable, included MIDI-Board
Presets 128 user presets
Speaker Outputs 1x 4 Ohms, 1x 8 Ohms/2x 16 Ohms, 1x16 Ohms
Suggested Speaker Cabinet VC 412 A/B 30, VC 412 A/B 25
Dimensions 750 x 286 x 258 mm
Weight 17,6 kg/40 lbs

SOUNDS


This amp also has some effects build right into it. You have the option of some delay, chorus, flanger, phaser, and tremolo and also some added reverb to help color your tone a little bit. You also have a button on the front of the control panel that allows you to click in the effects loop and then even more versatility by clicking in the serial effects loop.

This amp has three channels and six modes. Each channel has two different modes of operation. For the clean you can get a nice Fender like clean and click the next mode you'll get a British style clean much like a Marshall plexi. On the second channel you have a crunch channel. The first mode is a classic rock tone from a Marshall style voiced amp. Next you have then a hot rodded tone from a Marshall style amp. This gets you great vinatge classic rock tones for music such as AC/DC or Led Zeppelin. The third and final channel you get over the top gain and distortion. The first mode is a hot rodded British gain for most hard rock and metal. Then to top it all off you have an insane amount of gain for the second mode. This mode is for modern playing or dripped tuning. Great for modern metal and hard rock.

OVERALL OPINION

I have seen these amps as low as $800 for a new one, which is a great price for an amp this versatile. It is a mix of tub and digital so if you can't handle a digital amp the this is a miss for you. I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a good gigging amp that can get a lot of work in and be extremely versatile for covers songs and a 2-3 hour set list.
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King Loudness08/09/2011

King Loudness's review"Lots of tones... yeah, lots."

Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Head
The Hughes and Kettner Switchblade 100 head is a programmable four mode (yes, FOUR) single channel amplifier head that features a singular EQ with bass, middle, treble and presence controls. It also has a master volume control. Pretty cool.

Oh yeah, I should mention that it also comes loaded with a host of onboard digital modulation, delay and reverb effects. It also has the ability to save 128 presets in the included footswitch. It's basically like having a tube amp that has an integrated effects switching system all in one convenient package. Here's the full list of features:

Channels:
Clean: Californian
Crunch: Classic British
Lead: British Hi Gain
Ultra: American Hi Gain

Power 100 Watts
Poweramp 4x EL34
Preamp 2x 12AX7
Modeling No
Effects 3 independent Digital-FX processors: Reverb, Delay, Modulation (Chorus, Flanger, Tremolo)
Effects Loop serial/parallel
MIDI built in
Footswitch/Stageboard MIDI-Board FSM-432 included
Switching Functions 4xPreset, Bank up, Bank down, Tap
Special Features All Controls are fully programmable, included MIDI-Board
Presets 128 user presets
Speaker Outputs 1x 4 Ohms, 1x 8 Ohms/2x 16 Ohms, 1x16 Ohms
Suggested Speaker Cabinet VC 412 A/B 30, VC 412 A/B 25
Dimensions 750 x 286 x 258 mm
Weight 17,6 kg/40 lbs

UTILIZATION

Surprisingly, it's not nearly as difficult to get a good tone out of this amp as it may seem. It reacts much like any modelling amp as far as setting up presets goes, and that's quite honestly the hardest part of using this amp. Setting up a core tone to use is as simple as turning controls until you get a tone that you desire. This amp has a bunch of different tones available for sure and once you get over the expected learning curve that it takes to get used to dialing in tones you should be fine. It's basically a single channel amp with different modes so if you think of it that way... it might be a little bit easier to wrap your head around as opposed to thinking of it as an uber complex four channel amp with all these effects and sounds to think about too.

SOUNDS

I've tried this amp with a whole different slew of guitars, but have come to prefer it with superstrats that feature humbuckers. I find it to have a very eighties type of character overall tonewise, especially with the effects engaged, and playing lead stuff through this amp makes me feel like it's 1988 in the Troubadour.

Each of the modes provides a different sort of tone and it's a gradual increase in gain/saturation with each mode. The clean mode reminds me a lot of a modern Fender... not quite as spongy/warm as a vintage one, but still with that nice lush clean headroom. The crunch mode is like a slightly more refined Marshall JCM800 to me. The lead mode is like a Bogner/Soldano amp (and is my favourite mode) which is very mid heavy and smooth sounding. The Ultra mode is akin to a Dual Rectifier or Peavey 5150... not for the faint of heart! It gets to the point where the levels of gain can be unmanageable but for those who want it... it's there.

The effects, though they're digital and sound like it, provide a good range of tones and textures that match well with the amp sounds and aren't obtrusive or cheap sounding. It's definitely a convenient factor to have them built right in and the ability to save different presets with them too.

OVERALL OPINION

All in all this amp is a fantastic amp for someone looking for a whole plethora of tones in one easy and reasonably laid out package. It's a stellar all in one unit. As an amp the tones are not nearly as good as some of the better tube amps out there, and the effects don't come close to the top notch stuff by TC and Eventide, but I wouldn't expect that from a modelling amp. It sells for anywhere from $1400-$1700 new, but can be had for as low as $700 used if you look... really a killer find for that kind of price.

If you're looking for an amp that is a great and versatile "all in one" amp with effects, you can't really go wrong with the H&K Switchblade 100.
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Strat8310/24/2006

Strat83's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Head
Amp 100W lamps
4 EL34 and two 12AX7
FX of the same type as MATRIX 100
Look Beautiful.
Settings? Apart from its clear nothing conclusive. Matrix is ​​the spitting ...
Note 10 for the favorite and the test store.

UTILIZATION

I just bought this amp. The store at low power, it sounded good round full of brilliance, good looks in + .... In rehearsal pushed the normally c Kata! Its flat, notes confused and imprecise, zzzzzzz a note after each solo saturated ===> Deception.
I use 2 Stratocaster, a standard and a signature of Ritchie Blackmore in 1997 with 2 Seymour Duncan pickups.
In effect: a Boss Chorus, a Marshall Guv'nor and a JackHammer
+ After a week of looking for a suitable, I gave up the guitar input on the front for me to plug into the Return. I do not spend more than the amp and it gets better, but the sound does not really shine.
The manual is as usual with nickel Kettner. To read it, I bought the beast of the century.

SOUNDS

* I pass, I look even more.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for two weeks, I like his mouth, but not the preamp, which must agree to only scratch or active humbuckers.
before this, I used an H & K 1990 MKII transistor, it suited me well, but a little old and toussotte.
A remake? Eh be no! The JM 900 is much better, but ...
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benflo02/03/2007

benflo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Head
Amp any lamps (4 lamps amplification) of good quality
Strange: 2 lamps preamp but I have not seen the difference with other amps I've tried the configuration of which was more traditional.
Easy to use connections from the first.
Built-in effects really practical: average reverb, delay, chorus + + FLAGS + tremolo: satisfactory.

UTILIZATION

Important asset of this product for guitarists working in PM: 127 ability to set different equalizer settings (based store). direct access to these settings via the supplied bracket.

sounds: 4 separate channels (one clear, a crunch, a lead ultra + 1). super easy to use, knobs obey the finger and the eye. One branch is regulated, it sounds!

To my things, I use a G-major (TC elec.) Controlled with a MIDI foot controller and it works perfectly to chain many sounds that I use in my group, without of course altering the sound of the amp.

I confess, to find his own sound is not immediately obvious, but one senses immediately the potential of the beast. There is still time to pass.

Manual: hyper clear and functional, it is useful to refer to the operation of the South.

SOUNDS

This amp has a strong personality it is hard to tame at first. Fan of metal and heavy guitars detunées this amp is for you. I did the test with a scraper if granted and it was good Swedish death metal for my taste. Personal I rather atmospheric rock / prog and the sound is a bit greasy, but it still goes great with the budget I had available (I would have preferred a triamp 3000 euros but the head was not an option ).

I use a marshall 1960 cabinet and marriage is quite convincing.

I use an Ibanez RG 250 (6 string) and a Start and these two very different models agree well with the switchblade.

The clear sound: excellent in keeping open and a good attack for the solo.
The crunch is average but it sounds especially in the busiest as the head defends best, very nice grain, both organic and precise (thank you lamps). The head has a sacred subject in saturated fat extreme (ultra sound).

Be careful to keep the "light foot" on the serious story we still hear the bass player ...

OVERALL OPINION

It's been one month that I use in rehearsal + 1 trial recording (it promises!) And no signs of weariness in the distance.

Best: the metal grain well, the midi interface, price, the look ...

Lowest: the crunch, the reverb, its weight, serious not always easy to master.

In this price range, playing on the lamps is still happiness. As the first all-tube amp, I think it's great considering the price.
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