Hughes & Kettner TriAmp

Hughes & Kettner TriAmp

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

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Hughes & Kettner TriAmp tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Hughes & Kettner
  • Model: TriAmp
  • Series: TriAmp
  • Category: Tube Guitar Amp Heads
  • Added in our database on: 03/13/2004

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Hughes & Kettner TriAmp user reviews

Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 7 reviews )
 4 reviews57 %
 2 reviews29 %
 1 user review14 %

Eroachguitar's review"Great unsung monster of German Amp design"

Hughes & Kettner TriAmp
The Hughes & Kettner Triamp MK 1 is a complex, feature-laden amp that still boasts an all-tube signal path. Sporting a 100W power section with 4 EL34's or 6L6GC's, along with 9 - count 'em - NINE 12AX7A's, spring reverb, also an optional MIDI control module, buffered FX Loop with db pad switch, H&K's Famous RED BOX DI, Line Out, selectable mains voltage, and Power Tube Failure indicator.

On the front panel, Three individual channels, each with two dedicated modes, dedicated EQ, Gain (one for each mode per amp - a total of six!) and Volume controls are topped off by a global master volume, Presence, and FX Loop Level control. Each channel's modes are switchable via push buttons on the face panel, or heavy duty footswitch.


The Triamp is a massive, heavy beast of an amp head, using only the best chassis material and components. A peek inside reveals a landscape of precision resistors, F&T and Vishay capacitors, as well as expertly laid ribbon cabling. The transformers are some of the largest I've ever seen in a 100 watt amp.

The EQ is responsive across all channels, and there is plenty of gain on tap for every need.


The problem with the Triamp, in my opinion, is that it relies too heavily on low frequencies generated early in the preamp, especially when it comes to its high gain sound.

AMP 1 is the clean channel. Mode 1 gives a very spanky, ballsy clean that can get slightly hairy with the gain turned up. Very touch responsive. About as close to a Fender clean as I've heard in a non-Fender amp. Kicking it into Mode 2 ups the gain and the lowend response, achieving a more Vox-like clean tone which overdrives quite well with a pedal. Not as bright as Mode 1.

Amp 2 is voiced for classic plexi-style tones. Mode 1 offers up a very thin, bright sound. I found that it lacked a lot of lowend response, even with the Bass control maxed. I honestly didn't find this mode very usable. Mode 2 ups the gain, and thankfully, the lowend. Great classic-rock sounds are found here, with plenty of midrange grind and fuzzy Marshall highs.

Amp 3 is voiced for high gain. This channel has a very strong, tight low-mid emphasis, which is typical of German high gain amps. Mode 1 produces a bright, tight grind that is great for chugging. Mode 2 goes all-out, adding even more gain and thunderous lowend response.

The FX Loop is great, allowing pedals to be implemented without much loss or coloring to the overall tone. The Red Box DI was useful for running a line to Front Of House and allowing the engineer to mix that signal with the signal mic'd from my speaker cabinet.


A resounding quality of the Triamp to my ears was a muddy bass response, which, along with its size and complexity, ultimately led to me selling the amp. Moreover, the lack of bass response in Mode 1 of both AMP 2 and 3 rendered them barely usable.

With some dedicated tweaking and playing, there are numerous top-quality tones to be found in the Triamp MK 1, but in the end there are other amps that do just as much tonally with less bells and whistles, and less fuss. That being said, you'd be hard pressed to find a more durable and well-made 3 channel amp for the used prices (800-1000 bucks) that the Triamp MK 1 fetches.

iamqman's review"Solid amp!"

Hughes & Kettner TriAmp
This a German company who designs high quality guitar amps for touring musicians and the average consumer. They guitar amps that range from just a few hundred dollars to several thousand. The have a flagship amplifier and this is it. The Trimap from Hughes and Kettner.

Some big names have pickup amps from Hughes and Kettner including Alex Lifeson from the band Rush and Tommy Thayer from the band Kiss. Those two gentlemen have their own signature models but they have used been great artist for this company.


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
External Fuse (Anode) 1 x T 500 mA Slo-blo
Fuses 230V: T 1,6A, 117V: SB 3,15A, 100V: T 3,15A


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 $2800, which is a great price for a boutique quality amp with three channels of operation. This rally is a fantastic deal for and amp of this caliber.

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.

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

Hughes & Kettner TriAmp
Amplifier 100 W RMS, all lamps, 13 in total.

3 amps 2 channels = 6 channels in total
Boulc effect
poccibilité the option to add a controller card noon (interesting to change
channel along a preset multi purpose ...)
With a 7-alu péfalier switch (6 changes a channel and start the loop fx)
There is an equalization amplifier with a gain channel and volume
There was also a master general, with a presence and mik-General for the effects loop.
Bright switch and also present on the channels clear and crunch


Hyper simple, each with its own amp equalizer,
Be careful with gain settings, the volume of each amp and master volume to keep
uniformity in the output level.
Easily obtained sound that one seeks, with little to head
The manual is quite clear and I advise to read all that is speaker connections.


For my style is absolutely perfect, good versatility, the advantage is that it is
possible to sound quite different box 3 (1 per amp), not 6, because of the settings
égualisation of common ...

I play it with a parker fly deluxe and a Gibson Nighthawk, it perfectly transcribed differences in timbre of the two guitars.

The amp dedicated a clear sound, provides christallin sound on channel 1 and sounds more
jazzy in two, with more rounded and less bass and treble. Channel 2 also can cruncher
slightly boosting the gain, for a nice blues. Connect an electronic sound on this channel, of happiness ...

The 2 amp dedicated to crunch is probably the least convincing ... and yes it is always the same comment for this amp. Channel 1 is not bad, with a healthy dose of treble and midrange, for channel 2, with the gain high enough, it sounds obient asse drooling, not quite to my taste, with a lack of precision.

The amplifier 3 is clearly dedicated to distorted sounds. The channel can perform a rhythmic rock with a punch just fine. Channel 2 is great for my taste. full of punch and dynamics, although it retranscit all frequencies, the bass can be enormous, delicious. in solo play, it''s great. In addition there is very specific

In short, for me it's all good! not 10 but for channel 8 crunch that could have been more successful


I've had a year, I bought it in a state of OCCAZ almost new, with the baffle.
I find it versatile enough for utinisation I have.
We can put Marshall, Fender in the closet, for against, for the price, it deserves to be better equipped to go tickle the Engl, Bogner and Mesa.
Just a note ... I know some who have offered grateux of Mesa for more versatility, which is probably true in terms of gear! ! After having seen him play quite a few times, I realized that these guys were playing only the boosted channel of the mesa and always with the same EQ .... Briefly, the same sound all the time ....
To you to test you realize what he can do.

We find the cheap today.

A +
Tom Stone03/19/2006

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

Hughes & Kettner TriAmp
This is an all-tube amp, 13 total (Preamp: 4 x + 4 x 12AX7 E83CC Power amp: 1 x 12AX7 + 4 x 6L6GC).
It is a 100W amp with selectable output impedance 4 or 8 ohms. In fact it INPED 16 Ohms 80W. It's quite convenient to choose the output impdance I branch often either 4 Ohms mono or 8 ohms in Stereo (On ​​baffles JCM900 that I intend to one day change for H & K).
Cot SETTINGS is simple header that includes three different amps with an equalizer and a volume for each, and each amp has two channels with a gain for each. This makes a total of 6 channels all switchable from pdalier provided. So a huge range of sounds ...
There is also a master volume which controls the 3 amps and presence.
You can also put the effect on the effects loop and a control module can be added twelve o'clock (it is rather expensive but good) with this module (which I added just can switch channels trs with pdalier noon MIDI recording is done with a small front-panel buttons easy to use.


As for the configuration we obtain the desired sound very easy ... Finally the sound, I'd rather the sounds! The manual is quite sufficient since the settings are basic (but effective).
Attention by against this head is very heavy, but requires lamps.


This amp and extremely versatile and suitable for all styles of music, so for mine. I jous more often with Metal but I also often play funk rhythm or solo Mark Knopfler and the everything goes perfectly.
I jous on Jackson (EMG 81 + 89) for the metal (so the distortion) and a stratum for which is more quiet (clean sounds) and I plug in a GT6 on the effects loop with four cable method, this that allows me to keep the sound of the amp while adding some effects and switch channels with the help of the South.
The first two channels are found amp for clean sounds:
- The first channel is very crystal-clear, with a little reverb is beautiful and a pleasure to play on.
- The 2nd tone is a little different with a little more bass but is also nice when you keep the gain around 11. For if one goes against the gain you get a more crunch with a slight overdrive.

The second amp is ddi Crunch sounds, I use it less often but I'm sure Blues fans will be delighted because he's always hot. By pushing the gain of the second channel bottom can even get a good distortion for the solo with a heavy grain different from that of the lead channel I also often juggles with these two sounds.

The third amplifier is fully saturated sounds DDI:
- On the first channel there is a sound enough Bourin but some very good round for all the solos with distortion ...
- And finally the last channel, the big sounds perfect for aggressive rhythm mtal wish with a big win.
I use almost all the channels can be with a small preference for channel 2 of the Lead amps, but they really are all perfect.
I might be an AIM presence spare on both channels of the last amps.


I use this amp for 1 year and I am very happy to see proud.
This amp is perfect for me has all the styles, and more aesthetical level of the mouth it anyway (it's good it's on again by the blue lighting of the MK2 but good).
I tried for a year before the amps to make this choice, both in Marshall, Mesa or Engl, but I did not find more versatile amp.
We can not find this amp new so difficult to compare with models for sale on the market but the amp is it, 1000 is really cheap!
Even by paying more I would do this choice.

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