Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Head
Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Head

TubeMeister 18 Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Hughes & Kettner in the TubeMeister series.

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pbois 10/08/2011

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Head : pbois's user review

«  A mini head, but a maxi sound! »

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2 channels + boost the lead channel (3 different sounds can be activated by footswitch.)
18W power (2xEL84).
2 12AX7 preamp on the floor of.
Effects loop.
Red Box with symmetrical output emulation cabinet.
POWERSOAK 18w/5w/1w with selection and registration function silent.


Amp easy to use:

An EQ common to both channels and a high performance gain and volume for each channel. The amp sounds great regardless of the adjustment.


This amp really respect the sound characteristics of the guitar.

The clean channel is pretty good, but crunch relatively quickly because it is often the gain level up to a volume equal to the boosted channel.

Boosted channel is excellent, you get nice crunch and reacts very well to the volume of the guitar.
The boost is in fact almost a 3rd channel as it not only increases the gain but also gives more body to the sound. It is perfect for solo or play something that requires a bigger sound.


This head is really excellent and complete. It sounds rock / hard rock, it will be harder to sound heavy metal metal without external support (for the record it is better to see the side of The Beast Laboga or ENGL Gigmaster 15).

The power this amp allows you to use both in concert and at home. The DI output is practical and with good plugins speaker simulation it can be misled in a record.