Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MKII

Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MKII

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TriAmp MKII, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Hughes & Kettner in the TriAmp series.

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Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MKII tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Hughes & Kettner
  • Model: TriAmp MKII
  • Series: TriAmp
  • Category: Tube Guitar Amp Heads
  • Added in our database on: 12/10/2004

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Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MKII user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 5 reviews )
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iamqman's review"Flagship amplifier!!"

Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MKII
Hughes and Kettner is a great German company that has been building unique looking amps for some time now. There most common amps are their Tri amp which has a glowing front panel that light up around the control knobs. They also have a see through plexi glass front panel where you can see inside the amp. Now many builders have been using that feature but I believe Highes and Kettner are the ones who made is famous.

This is their flagship amplifier. This is the go to amp for the guys at Hughes and Kettner headquarters. This amp has 3 channels with six mode in between. You can go from sparkly clean Fender tones to blaze metal tones with just a click of foot switch. Same tone at the Alex Lifeson model without the croc tolex and purple lights. This one has standard black tolex and a blue light background.


Channels 1A: Vintage Californian Clean, 1B: Vintage British Clean, 2A: Classic British Rock, 2B: Vintage British Rock, 3A: British Hot Rodded, 3B: Modern Californian Hi Gain
Power 100 Watts
Poweramp 4x EL34
Preamp 9x 12AX7
Effects Loop serial/parallel
MIDI built in
Footswitch/Stageboard 7-way Stageboard TriAmp included
Switching Functions 3x Amp, 3x Channel, 1x FX
Special Features RED BOX built in
Speaker Outputs 1x 4 Ohms, 1x 8/2x 16 Ohms, 1x16 Ohms
Suggested Speaker Cabinet CC 412 A/B 25, CC 412 A/B 30, CC 412 WA30
Protective Cover included
Dimensions 750 x 340 x 256 mm
Weight 22 kg/49 lbs


This is a great tonal masterpiece. 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.


At new these amps come in at around $2799, which is a great price for a boutique quality amp with three channels of operation. This is a bit higher than the regular Triamp, but this one is the signature so sports little higher price.

I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a good versatile amp for gigging or practicing at home. If you do a lot of cover songs then this is the perfect amp for those needs.
stève obaton01/03/2007

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

Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MKII
3 amps, 2 channel amp.
On the data sheet, everything is already well said in prcdents opinion.


Config super simple, very intuitive, an amp, what !!
Big sound, light, bright, bold, is right now, it is then enough to rgler the equalizer and the gain of each channel according to their taste and the round is played.
Please note the homogeneity volume unites the different channels. A small Dtail this, history find something wrong. There are two gains but a volume per amp.
In its saturated I use channel 1 for power chords, for example (half gain), and channel 2 for solos (cross gain). I wish I could ride a little more gain of channel 1, but up the sound, so you turn the volume down and suddenly, Channel 2 is not strong enough. To my taste, it would take a volume spar per channel. When will the head "sixamp"?


The head is plugged into a Mesa Boogie 2X12 correct. I play mostly rock and pop rock variety, I have two Lag (Roxanne and Louisiana). The Seymour Duncan snapped hard on the head. That happiness.
It is my opinion the most versatile head that I tried. The clean sounds are of a purity tural crmeux wish the crunch when the saturations, they pierce you literally.
Good hrtique that I am, I even plug my Takamine electroaccoustique on the clean channel. Sacrilege !!! After recording via microphone, even ing of her ask me how I get this presence and this heat ...


I tried other models in Brunetti and Mesa Boogie. They make very good products more typs my opinion, but that does not suit me, for against the versatility of the Triamp perhaps not please everyone.
I also tried the head on a 4X12 marshall 1960, I have not liked. So choose your cabinet also good.
I have this config for 3 months and I have no regrets, I do it again the same choice. That said, almost 4000 config (list price), you better be satisfied. Fortunately, my contacts in the mtier allowed me to save almost 50% of the cost.
At these price levels, it is really better be passionate and / or rich, does not prevent one another and especially have comprhensives companions ... Thank CHRIE.

frank-abagnale's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MKII
All Tube Amp, (13 exactly)
-100 Watt avoinent lot
-3 With separate amps for each equa. Two modes by 6 Channel amp so, 1a 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b + fx if the cannal possesses an external rack.
Everything is controlled by the footswich so all seven buttons on the switch including the canal fx.
Possibility of different sounds-real time extensive.
Reverb-adjustable by a potentiometer at the back of the head. I do not put 10 because it is not controllable by the switch.


-The grip is quite fast but not super easy either, a small adjustment period is néséssaire notemment for adjusting the sound level between the different modes.
Otherwise when the beast is tamed in a few hours, there are ways to have fun, it's big sound!


Me I'm more into punk, rock, hard music that his mother and what I find the sound of the amp in general its pretty good but lack bcp heat. This is an amp sounds so German in Germany. It's pretty cold, on all channels, it lacks versatility, if you like the big metal, rock, neo has linkin park, the head Eccell in these areas, cons if you like blues, jazz , to forget. It lacks horribly versatility it may be the major flaw that I criticized the head. Well if not I said to the neo, punk etc is the atomic ball! The disto hard bcp bcp c big sound is clear. The crunch lacks a bit of personality. Light and sound a bit aggressive. But all I'm saying that strictly binds me what my impressions his characters.
I play it with a Start fitted with a Seymour Duncan Invader SH8 and a cort m600. I do not use external rack but I know that the use of an external rack with the amp is rather easy.
I takes only six because of his horrible lack of versatility, c a shame just to ca.


I use it for several months. It is but I like bcp qu'estetique the glass suggesting the inside of the beast. I love the distortion bcp.
In France the price is around 2600 euros. I'll sell it to buy a Dual Rectifier, which is in my opinion much more versatile.
If I do it again do it again or not I will take rather a dual but when I got paid the mk2 triamp the Dollard was not as low as now so the price of the dual was bcp bcp higher.

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

Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MKII
All Tube Amp Head 3 channels indpendants (3 pramplis)
pushes the extreme versatility, its crystalline clear, feed, crunch funky, bold, distortion fuzz, bass disto ...
possible to control the head from a pdalier noon (via the MIDI card optional)
option nightclub with small lights that light up and the glass BLUISH (effect guaranteed scne)
high power (100w) switchable for 50 rpt w '(we use the two lamps that once the power amp instead of 4)
effects loop with switch-20dcb, adjustable, rverb
all sounds are available directly at the foot via the standard footswitch
three amplifier (pramplis): 1 amp sounds clear, 2 amp sounds that crispy crunch to the bite, 3 amp distortion
and two gains for each amplifier (channel) A and B, A and B will typ vintage modern
except for the crunch (2 amp) that my taste is more modern in A (dry Sustain short disto low effective legalization as the clear) and vintage B (vritable the fuzz).
ah yes, possible to connect any speaker ... c no evil? knowing that the normal would be a branch 8ohm as usual, I have a 16 ohm recently (you can even plug in speakers 2 16 ohms if I remember correctly)
is a red box but I do not use it, I prfre sound to the speaker, two microphones (an "atmosphere" and the other al


Well said big versatility amp complicated ... but good to know what you want, because the many possible rglages promise hours and hours before finding some sounds but each knob acts Fawn effective and radically changes the sound.
The MIDI control is a real treat and should be openly available to any head, I bought the card for the head tube 100 that I possdais before (c card on the same triamp mkII).
good c of the large hardware and plenty of buttons should therefore not be forcment dcourager but complicated or time-consuming even if your as picky as me, but in the end we always find that we like it or adopt new sounds randomly Discoveries


This head has really possible to go further into the personification trs sound, their o everybody branch mesa boogie, the triamp mkII is for me the alternative that its become a bit too common .
the grain is compltement diffrent, and suddenly, it takes some mastery to get what you want but I prfre far the sound of a mesa that my taste is too easy, in Playing as a crme we get to have good sound right away because the amp (mesa) is actually quite neutral and "ensure". APRS is a matter of taste especially between the mesa and the pros ... few fans like me (laughs) Hughes.
I like the sound crystal clear (old limit amp electric piano slamming), and sweet too, the crunch I played a Manir trs aggressive rhythm with a big sound and ample creusbr /> the disto ... c staff, but in any case it is between modern rock and mtal or rather I play a rock with his Manir mtal
there is no sound that repels me in this amp, I finally found most of the cabinet that fits perfectly (APRS a lengthy essay on a Mesa Boogie Rectifier cabinet) and the read is a baffle 1960 marshall tv, cabinet team of 4hp 25w greenbacks each slightly larger than normal (for serious) and typ seventies, all the harmonics of the head with the cabinet stand and the sound is trs trs unlike the rich musical connection to a cabinet mesa resulting in a raw sound powerful but not aggressive and loud and trs musical in the end. oh yeah my guitar is a jackson JJ4 (MODL Cheap scott ian signature) team of Seymour Duncan (sh2 and sh4) branch is fairly serious, quite a round not far from a gibson ( sisi)
ah only complaint is not really a .. I loved the last ct "wanker" the distortion of 5150 so that we can not gain in his own half Exceeds under penalty of having only a feedback, but I ador the "Reserved" power and especially the attack close to a quasi percussion, which really is not on this head, the gain is the last but there is no overdose in the attack, so no mtal extreme, the limit of many hardcore big fat (entombed / Hatebreed) but must not ask too much it is not for a


I use this head for a year and a half I bought it before recording the first album of my group, with only one speaker against attax 100 (that of the tube 100) the era that I would prfr one of my buddies, a Mesa Boogie (not the friend, the cabinet).
I love the ct unique sound, bass and amplitude gnrale sounds can be changed radically or small motion a little extreme to the other cgnial .
I like the bcp ct practice (50w switch, the card PM), I with my boss gt3 driver even when! which is one of the few cheap pdalier provide a bypass of its pramplis dnaturer not to sound if you want it through an effects loop (which I did) and that turns ind pendently in pdalier noon with just a MIDI cable
before buying this I tried to head mesa boogie, an engl savage (my word not bad at all) and peavey 5150 (ah the disto ... but even when there is a good distortion and then dye it wind in my amp)
I always sduit t by the brand I bought and sold a succession TUBE 50 (I'm looking for OCCAZ for that matter) and a tube 100 (head + cabinet)
for the quality price ratio, bah c always loved to be said, but hey know any head of this quality cheaper then ....
exprience with this choice I ever did because I have no regrets, otherwise I would have sold or swapped against another

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