Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Head
Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Head

TubeMeister 36 Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Hughes & Kettner in the TubeMeister series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 8 reviews )
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lsmith6161's review"Effects loop"

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Head
I am considering buying a used Hughes & Kettner Tube Meister 36. I am not able to get the effects loop to work. I have a cable running from the output on the chorus pedal to the send on the amp and a cable from the return on the amp to the input on the chorus pedal. I get sound with the pedal off, however, when I activate the pedal I get nothing. Any thought?

marcan71's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Sound and convenience"

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Head
Tube amp, 3 channels of 0-36 watts, 1 eq bass / mid / treble for clear channel, 1 eq bass / mid / treble common to the crunch and lead channels. 1 win and 1 master channel
1 correct digital reverb to the rear, An FX loop, DI output (red box with simulation HP), a power attenuator allows selection between 0 - 01/05/18 or 36 watts)
Noon. A comprehensive master would have been welcome.
Another significant point very compact and lightweight transportable
Finally the self bias H & K system that monitors the correct polarization lamps


Disappointment, I thought we could save the south through its presets: that's true but it only saves Reverb On / Off, Effects On / off loop, power level (0-1-5-18-36 ) and channel: the problem is that we do and neither stores nor EQ ESPECIALLY gain and master channel!
Suddenly the MIDI pedalboard has little interest.


That said, this is a great amp, very convenient to play at all levels through the power attenuator. The clean sound is very clear, transparent, the crunch channel is very very good (in two seconds with a Telecaster was the sound of Keith Richards), The lead channel is perhaps the worst of the three: it scales well gain , but the sound is a bit messy and a bit passe partout (far mesa boogie on this channel). Personally I use it mostly clear and crunch, and after owning a Laney VC30, a peavey Classic blues a great field marshall tube and HIWATT head, it is much better than them in the definition, accurate, transparent sound with a beautiful grain on the crunch channel. I use it with a 1X12 cabinet house, mounted vintage 30 then Celestion G12H30 of: the G12H30 was a warm and deep sound: ideal if you play classic rock, funk, hard rock (I well said hard rock, not metal).
I repeat group with a drummer who hits too hard: I put 5 watts, with the master bottom: its much warmer than 36 watts master 2 (yes heat lamps is like that it is obtained)
DI side, the red box is a Personal Reference but in test sound and recording, it has the same shortcomings of all other DI with or without HP simulation: it's dry and unpleasant in the upper medium): none such as a good mic for transplanting ...


As mentioned above much more convenient and versatile than city-amps above. I hesitated with the Laney IRT studio head: at her there's no picture (the laney will be better for the metal)
An expensive new, but it's worth it (as it were) hair, the only negative is too partial integration of the south.

fed62's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" awesome!"

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Head
we are all on the lamps, 4 EL84 and 12AX7 3.
for there is a power attenuator that allows you to vary 36w / 18w / 5w / 1w and 0w which corresponds to the output integrated red box (or how to play quietly without bothering anyone plugging a mixer).
attention to the uneducated, the t ^ te is not THAT 36w, 36w it is at LAMPS! which equates to approximately 70w.
connectivity noon for fans, red box output, effects loop, output hp 8/16 ohms.


who already have a head trilogy, is the use of loud bang must dwell a little on to find equalize THE son.En Indeed, in Hughes slightest movement of a knob (bass / middle / treble) has much influence over others.
for the manual, I do not know, I do not need to read it.


I play almost all styles of Vigier, lag and fender.
This head fits all momentum.
a flat for the lead channel, choose well your guitar pickups!
I have emg active and DiMarzio Evolution .... it is runny.
Seymour is the best level of output means.
otherwise do not get too much gain.
for reverb, I would have preferred the knob on the front.
I play because after 2 * 12 hp on dedicated test in 1 * 10 and 1 * 12 we realize that it does not do him homage


I tried blackstar, orange, engl ..... is this one who comes out the best in sound and more she has a unique look!
a bit expensive ... even qd € 800.
I got in NULOOP (now closed) to 700 €, which is already a bit more reasonable.
I would do this choice without problems, it is the most complete TubeMeister.

dwarves84's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Interesting material and I am satisfied"

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Head
What kind of amplification?
> Preamp and tube amp, each with 3 x 12AX7 and 4 x EL84
> 3 channels: clean, crunch and lead

What is the power delivered?
> Without a doubt one of the most important points of this product: the power level is adjustable: 0 Watt, 1 Watt, 5 Watt, 18 Watt and 36 Watt.

What connection?

Rather complete:
- Input guitar in front
- Footswitch (2 jacks for changing channels and turn the effects loop)
- Effects loop: Send and Return jack in
- Exit "red box" or "DI Out" 3-pin XLR connector
- Loudspeaker output jack on: between 8 and 16 Ohms

What are the settings, effects?
- Reverb built with adjustment potentiometer and switch for activation.
- Effects loop
- Selection of power
- MIDI control
- Equa 2: one dedicated to the clean channel and a shared 2nd crunch and lead channels
- Master and gain for each channel


The configuration is it simple?

For anyone who has ever used a tube amp and classical functions I do not think this amp has difficulty.

However, for functions such as MIDI control, the selection of power, TSC (state control lamps and automatic adjustment of bias) I recommend reading the manual, it helps to understand how these functions . Moreover, once understood, I think we get going pretty well and the settings are easy! (Long live the MIDI learn for example, what time saving)

The manual is clear and sufficient?

For me rather well done, which is to the point and explains quite well the various functions. It comes on the original paper in French.

Gets it easy to sound good?

- Canal clean and crunch channel: I can find a sound that I like quite easily
- Canal lead: I find it a little longer to tame ...


Is it your style of music?

Yes, I play in a band mainly due to the recovery rock, pop rock, funk ...

With what (s) guitar (s) / low (s) or effect (s) do you play?

- Lâg arkane 500 (2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers)
- Fender telecaster road worn 50's (micro tex mex)

- G-System TC electronic connected by the method of "4 wires" and MIDI control channels, FX loop and power ... I love it there!

What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "bold", ....)?

- Clean channel: super clear sound! crystalline / slamming with TV, a little more round with Lâg config in 2 double and slamming enough in split mode.
- Crunch channel: very nice and quite versatile. I find that happens to have its own, which does not drool.
- Lead channel: it is not for the metal rises but still gain a bit longer to master ... I find it a little more "rough"

Generally I find the bass a bit too present but EQ can correct, I use the hughes & kettner cab of the same series (12 inches ...)

What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?

I especially love the clear sound! clean, then define when adding good effects ... Kif ^ ^

I also like the crunch, the lead sound I like when I get less gain and I plan to experiment to find a pedal that will allow me to have the grain of his that I like.


How long have you been using?
- I've owned the TubeMeister 18 for 6 months and I've been at 36 for 9 months.

What is so special that you like most and least?

The +:
- Select the volume and ability to play zero volume (practice appart ...)
- Weight reasonable one little easy transport
- Remote management and control via midi semi auto which makes it easy to prog.
- Quality clear sound

The -:
- Lead channel that I find a bit messy when you go up the gain.

A suggestion: why not a headphone? it avoids the need to connect to a table to play in silence.

Did you try many other models before buying it?
- I went through the fender transistor, the fender lights (blues deville 4 * 10), koch tube (with a bit the same mind set volume), and others repeated config only.

How do you rate the quality / price?
With experience, you do again this choice? ...

For the moment the quality (sound and technique) did not disappoint, comes with a padded cover, it looks to me strong. The price my time ... we would like all the material is cheaper ... I would say a bit high, especially if you buy the cab of the same series. But it sounds

At the moment I think I would do this choice given the available features. I'm loving the material development of this kind of toys

Here I hope to help some people by writing this notice and be as objective as possible.

rb.muzik's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Zi Ultimate Amp!"

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Head
This amp is very versatile because of its (his) power (s), it goes up to 36w lamp! And has an attenuator (switch on the back) which allows up to 18, 5 or 1w as needed (domestic, rehearsal, concert) and even cut off the speaker output, useful for example to use the integrated DI (of excellent quality, needless to develop for those who know the Red Box) and save at any time ... I used to play particular headset through a table without disturbing the neighbors in the middle of the night, the HP simulation is excellent.

It has three channels: Clean, Crunch and Lead. These last two are sharing the same three band EQ but each with its Master and Gain.

Connection level, we have of course an instrument input, a speaker output 8-16ohms, the famous DI out for recording or connected to the sound system, an effects loop, two footswitch inputs, one (s) activate the reverb and / or the effects loop, the other to change the channel.
It is also regretteable the head delivered in its quality cover is free of footswitch ... to buy more, shame!
Twelve o'clock and 7-pin socket to store and move from one setting to another (the possibilities are endless).


I already have an excellent combo version of 18w (HP 10 ") very portable (only 9.4 kg).
36w version we have the following improvements: a Master / Gain section dedicated to each channel (version 18w Crunch and Lead channel is the share), a MIDI connection and a power of 36w ... where 18w stops, the 36 going very well, ie large scenes / rooms, outdoors where you need live sound of the amp.
For small clubs, I keep the combo.


Three channels therefore possible to pass from a brilliant but wish modular thanks to effective corrections EQ and Gain clean (cranked it "cruncherai" almost ...) to a Crunch equally adaptable to a Lead edge if desired, ideal for a solo.
Any lamp (3x 12AX7 preamp in and 4x EL84 Power) is for me THE sound.
It is extremely versatile even though it sounds terribly for the style of music I prefer to know rather Blues-Rock 60's-70's ... for sure, however, that satisfies the fans of extreme close sounds (although in Lead, the gain in depth ...).

The Reverb is excellent (and not "spring" because it is digital), more present on the clean channel, perfect!

It sounds with simple and double, Fender or Gibson, no problem.


I plug it into a 2x12 DVMark of 16 Ohms (13.5 kg great too) and I do not think finding better, even much more expensive! The price / quality ratio is perfect for me. I can only recommend it. In addition, a colleague guitarist bought immediately after hearing me play with! I do not really need to tell him more ...

I think we can hardly do better, yet I searched but I have not found ...

loran38's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" excellent and versatile"

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Head
tube with a power ranging from 1/5/18/36 w which allows you to play at home in muted 1w, but beware it still sends as soon as joujoute with buttons and 5 watts c ... is already very well repet.
well out of the red box (off mode) which allows you to register and / or play with headphones. For my part I go through my old pod xt and I do not worry for now.
It includes all the connectors that go:
One midi / 1 output red box
footswitch x2: 1 for reverb and effects loop, the other 3 channels to select bright / crunch / lead /
Effects loop and one is even a jack to connect your guitar ...


you can not be more simple and adjustments are precise, easy to sculpt a sound.
this amp sounds great respect for your guitar and it's good fun.
3 channels, a flash light that one .... crunch crunch and a lead that special solo.
for metal: pedal mandatory
for others is what to do ... it is neutral.
it possesses a reverb correct.
it is not very heavy, covered with a metal cover, it is easy to carry around with two side handles and good quality bag.
with its blue light it is based Christmas tree or lamp, I love it!


perfect for my apple, I play rock, blues, jazz.
I play with a guy sg ibanez 1977 equipped with humbuckers di marzio x2n.
and a ibanez hollowbody 1983, equipped with seymour antiquity.
So this is the foot.
I took the cab tm112, very well built box closed, chipboard 30mm thick, the bass is accurate and it sends ...
the cab is light enough. all of which weighs barely 20kg to 7kg head


I have 3 days .... not had time to go around the beast you can imagine ....
I will complete the post when I know more ...
It is versatile, lightweight and quality ... I remake this choice without hesitation especially as I touched the price of 18w when a promo madness ..... great amp that I look great.

Foutaises's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Hi-tech, lightweight and versatile"

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Head
All Tube Amp
3 channels
2 bands of EQ (the lead and crunch to share in one)
DI out (reb box) integrated
effects loop
midi control
powersoak (0 watt, 1 watt, 5 watt, 18 watt, 36 watt)

Half star less because the redbox crackles of the parasite in the xlr. But I admit that it just might be a bad ground / earth home.


Easy configuration, this is not a cockipt of a320.

EQ bands are tiered according to the pieces I spend 0-9 both treble / midrange / bass. For satus, there are things that sound after 7.5 but not every time.

To play with or without headphone hop mixer it goes.

Really think this amp!


The cleans are clear, there was a lot of head room even 1W rehearsal studio, I go to the rhythm with a good drummer.

Beautiful heat lamps and light crunch. lead to, well, is this: the lead, it is better not to risk a chord on this channel, it sounds not. In contrast to go soloing is good.

The reverb is not top a little too "spring".

Watts are there. In rehearsal, if I want to have the volume to 12 to heat my lamps, I find it hard to switch to 18 watt, 5 watt enough.

More rounded (more lamps too, because some of them are busy with power) when one goes in watts.

I'm not crazy pedals. I mostly used the effects loop to handle my volume.


I was looking for an all-tube amp head to get a consistent sound in any situation (at home preparing my settings, do not depend on the gear changing rehearsal studio or hire gear for mini-concerts that we are forced to make).

Frankly I have my money, I do everything with, single game, recording répets, concerts.
The sound is not too typical and allowed to adapt to many kinds. it will probably be limited to go beyond the tough rock (hence the metal from metallica ... we penalty).

fench93's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" great amp"

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Head
tube amp, effects loop, choice of output power, ability to recall its parameters via midi. output directly integrated. 3 channels: clean, crunch and lead.


plain and simple.


versatile amp. very successful suits any style of music.


I use it for a few days. beautiful with blue LED. I find it more "clean" the Marshall JVM 410 h) Serious does not drool. for clean and crunch it is sufficient to itself. distos for more powerful it will help with the pedal of choice.

I remake that choice without problem.