Hughes & Kettner Tube 100
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Hughes & Kettner Tube 100

Tube 100, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Hughes & Kettner in the Tube 20/50/100 series.

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david59171 01/28/2011

Hughes & Kettner Tube 100 : david59171's user review

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The all-tube TUBE 100 amp head is equipped with four Ruby EL34 power tubes (manufactured by SVETLANA), which gives it 100W of power. I replaced these four tubes with ELECTRO HARMONIX EL34. It also had three Sovtek 12ax7wa, which I replaced with Electro Harmonix 12ax7EH.
The amp head features two channels, each of which can work in two different modes (A/B mode), an EQ (bass,mid, treble) per channel (two EQs that is), and Presence for both channels. The reverb (with Accutronic springs) is common to both channels.
The effects loop input can be attenuated 10dB to adapt it to all multi-effects and it also features a DRY/WET balance accessible on the front panel of the amp head. The output with speaker simulation is in XLR format and features the circuit of the celebrated RED BOX (a well-made speaker simulator). There are three speaker outputs for different impedances or to use two speakers.
The cabinet is equipped with four Celestion G12F60 speakers (60 Watt each) for a total output power of 240W into 8 Ohms in mono. IN stereo, it's 2 x 120 W into 2 x 4 Ohms. (it's hard to be so detailed... lol!)

UTILIZATION

Very clear manual, easy configuration, but be careful not to push the master of channel 2/B, it really howls!

SOUNDS

It's time for the SOUND now.
On channel 1, in A mode, you get an excellent, very bright clean sound, with a nice warmth and powerful attacks (Fender-like). The sounds are nice and shapeable. In A mode there's no gain, so no distortion.
On channel 1, in B mode, the first half of the gain knob you get a crunch sound and then a moderately distorted tone with the gain cranked all the way up. It is really melodious with effective mids. The EQ does its job all right. It has that really thick tube sound that no solid-state amp can imitate.
On channel 2, in A mode, it produces an AC/DC-like distortion (in terms of the distortion rate) with an awesome tube coloration. Nice lows, quality mids and highs just like they should be (no veiling of the high end, like is often the case with certain amps). Plus the EQ on this channel is very effective.
Channel 2, in B mode, is for real metal sounds. From Van Halen to Slipknot and even death metal. It's mind blowing. The sound is full, round, plump, grating, while preserving the attack and intelligibility of each note. The lows are very present, the mids can be pulled back or brought to the fore thanks to the EQ: The sound recalls a Mesa Boogie, to give you an idea.

OVERALL OPINION

Conclusion
A well-equipped and versatile amp head with killer sounds (from jazz to death metal). And, on top of that, it's sturdy (it's German).
The combo version called Tube50 is also very good, with less compressed lows, due to the absence of a cabinet.
Whatever your style, I recommend you this gear!

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