Hughes & Kettner Tubeman MKII
Hughes & Kettner Tubeman MKII

Tubeman MKII, Tube Guitar Preamp from Hughes & Kettner.

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Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 12 reviews )
 9 reviews75 %
 1 user review8 %
Value For Money : Excellent

moosers's review

Hughes & Kettner Tubeman MKII
The Hughes & Kettner Tubeman II is a guitar preamplifier and 'recording station.' It is designed to be an all in one solution for recording guitarists. The Tubeman is of course as the name states driven by all tube power and consists of three separate channels. The unit has 1/4" connections of all types and isn't rack mountable.


Using the Hughes & Kettner Tubeman II isn't too hard, but it will take a little bit of practice to learn where everything is and what everything does. For setting controls, the first channel only has a knob for volume, while the second and third channels are a bit more in depth. The second channel has parameters for gain and volume and the third has those for gain, voicing, and volume. The Tubeman II also boasts a three band equalizer for all of the channels and a master volume knob. Each of the channels can be engaged with a separate foot switch. I don't think you need a manual for this one, but can't speak to it's make up since I haven't seen one myself.


The overall sound of the Hughes & Kettner Tubeman II is pretty unbelievable. In addition to the basic features I discussed before, it also has amp modeling, so it really is an all in one guitar recording station. However, it can of course be used with an external amp or speaker cabinet, which is what I've mostly done with it. This will definitely work perfectly fine on its own for recording direct as well, as it has a great inherent tone that sounds full all across the board and offers up a whole lot of versatility.


I'm a huge fan of the gear manufactured by Hughes & Kettner, as they offer up only high quality products, and the Tubeman II is no different. While it won't be a cheap purchase, it is certainly a worthwhile one for those looking for an all in one guitar recording port. This definitely doesn't have the cheap sound that you'll get with something like the Line 6 POD, rather it offers up clarity and fullness without needing an external amplifier, and who wouldn't like that!
MGR/Niki N01/31/2002

MGR/Niki N's review"Hughes and Kettner Tubeman 2 Recording Station"

Hughes & Kettner Tubeman MKII
I've purchased the unit through Internet from a German distributor of Hughes and Kettner Products /Musik Service Gmbh/. Because Hughes & Kettner are German based company I decided that it will be the cheapest way, besides that I live in Europe and the shipping costs are kept to the minimum as well. The total cost, including shipping and custom duties was around 320$.
Before that I've tried Tubeman as a live preamp directly plugged into a PA system in a guitar shop in Denmark. The tone and feeling was great. And as soon as I came back home I ordered it /Denmark is not the country where you can buy gear cheap/.

This unit has 3 switchable channels. Clean, Crunch and Lead, all of them sharing common EQ with Bass, Mid and Treble controls. Lead channel has a voicing control, which realy changes the tone of the preamp from mild lead to "blow-the-windows" heavy lead sounds, but preserving the character of the guitar.
Clean channel is great - it has awesome dynamics, which can be controlled just with the picking technique /just like with a real amp/. Max the guitar volume and it breaks-up nicely, back it a little and it is godly clean.
Crunch channel on the other side is aimed towards blues,classic rock. It is very full and fat sounding without "over-the-top" gain. Just enough to get early Santana or AC/DC tone, depending on how you set it.
Lead channel is the one that should be used for heavy leads. It doesnt has the massive amount of gain that Messa Triaxis provides, but has just enough to pill the paint off the wall. As a huge Extreme/Nuno Bettencourt fen I can get almost every Extreme sound with Tubeman and my Washburn Nuno Bettencourt signature guitar.

Not noisy at all, except on the Lead Channel, which is easily removable by any Noise Suppresor.

It would be nice if it had some MIDI implementation there. For switching the channels, enabling/dissabling the EQ.

Solid German Craftsmanship- all shiny sturdy metal. It is built to last forever. I own it from a year and it doesnt have a scratch.

Overall this is great,great,great recording preamp. It is primarily designed for a recording preamp and there is where its best. But if you want three big sounding amps in 10"x10"x5" box live on stage, with no doubt it can be used as a very professional sounding unit.

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Matosman59's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent pedal preamp"

Hughes & Kettner Tubeman MKII
A lamp REALLY fed ht (not like some 9volt mouhaha pedal ...)
3 channels
1 equalizer
1 entry
1 recording output
1 output in the return of the amp


Very easy to adjust.
A manual? Y has t he REALLY need?
J uses this pedal essentielement for clear and crunch.


Sound in mind h & k.
A beautiful clear, a crunch to cry when the saturation., I like, but do not over ride the gain (although nice on a small bowl).
Its very hot.
The equalization is very effective and can help sculpt your sound to perfection.
Plugged into a Marshall Vintage Modern, it allows me to have several sounds directly to the foot.
A transistor, it adds heat.
The recording output is very good.
I double D also some microphone jack with this case for very pro Reg.


Not below a lamp pedal mesa (actually all depends on the desired sounds).
D also just see how long h & k sells this pedal to its catalog. :)
I have long hesitated with blackstar ht, but I do not regret my choice.
For "small concerts," I take it Boitie + reverb of a pedal and you're done and it's still much better quality than the small lamps amps, plus the fact that this very compact night, I love it!
You can do anything with this pedal, but it is anyway VESTED to rock and rock that spot, see the metal (but that is not my trip.)

Rodito's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Practice"

Hughes & Kettner Tubeman MKII
1 instrument input
2 outputs: amp or PA
3 channels: clean, crunch and lead
1 Joint EQ (bass, mid and treble)
independent volume for each channel + master volume common
Micro format is very interesting and practical
It is both transportable in a backpack and is used as a pedal, the chassis and the knobs seem solid.


The manual does not say much, but at the same time the use is extremely simple, with knobs rather sensitive. One can easily find his sound.
It was unfortunate that the input and outputs are reversed with respect to any matter not pedal, which can make the connection, but nothing major.
The same for the common equalizer, there is a tradeoff between the different channels.
As a preamp, the Tubeman could have an effects loop.


This is my first toy lamp, I can not compare it with other things (except that I have ever tried in shop), and there is a huge difference. I have a Gibson explore with emg pickups and an amp peavey envoy 110. The difference is obvious between before and after. The volume was multiplied by 4, now I can push my sound much more. To play with me, my two volumes are almost at minimum and it is clearly sufficient. I look forward to push a little more.
I find the sound great, especially the clean channel has a very beautiful clear sound, especially used with a chorus. The crunch is very nice and well being pushed, although I do not use it too. The lead should compete with any distortion pedal hi-gain transistor, the sound is solid, consistent and powerful, and there is a voicing knob more gain and volume that can push a little more in aggressiveness, but we quickly found, however short to play death. I play a lot of thrash and I found to my liking, but I have liked to have a little more. However, I think it is perfect for prog metal, speed, symphonic.
Its great advantage is the versatility and sound quality.


For a very reasonable price, this is a very good option for those who want to spend transistor lamp. The sound quality and versatility really worth it for a modest cost.

This is one that is clearly oriented studio unit, and it is a shame because its ergonomics lent itself to be used live. This does not mean it can not be used live, but it does not seem very practical for this purpose. He could also have a button to turn rather than connect the power supply directly.
However, it is quite portable and does not take place. It lands on the ground directly in front and active.
So despite some flaws, I am quite satisfied. I find the lead a little short in aggression level but it remains powerful and massive and this is largely offset by its versatility.
Le Jack02/22/2013

Le Jack's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Although the machine nag!"

Hughes & Kettner Tubeman MKII
It is therefore a tube preamp (1 * 12AX7) that delivers the power of the amplifier to which it is connected (in my case, a Lionheart 20W).

It connects with two jacks (one for connecting the pedal to the amp and one to connect the guitar) and includes a power supply.

Level settings: 3 channels:
A clear channel with a knob for volume,
Crunch channel with two knobs: one for volume and one for the saturation level,
Channel saturated with 3 knobs: volume, level of saturation. and voicing.
Add this to: Joint equalization with adjustable bass, midrange and treble + volume general.

I put 7 because there is no bypass, once the preamp plugged one is obliged to use it without being able to use the amp's preamp.


At first glance, it looks so simple (I do not think anyone is likely to destabilize face a dozen knobs).

As to get a good sound, it's another story: the clean channel does about the road when I pass on the neck pickup of my guitar, otherwise it is unusable in my opinion.
The other two channels do not pose any problems, they are nickels: it sounds and it sounds strong.

I do not have the manual (bought used, the previous owner did not have to find any use in manual).

I put 7 again because the clean channel is still very poor.


It suits my style of music if I want to make metal (sounds metals are not characteristic of Lionheart, that's why I made this pedal).

I have two guitars: a Schecter C1 Classic with whom I played with this amp (it's a versatile guitar: I play with it all on my amp oriented blues / rock with pedal and each time it sounds).
The other guitar is another story: it is a Lag The Blues whose output level of microphones is very ... very ... very high! So I still tried to connect the preamp. but really, it does nothing.

About the settings: Because I am using the clean channel only with the neck pickup of the Schecter, I get the ample (with bass 5/10, mids at 7/10 and treble at 7 / 10. NB: I said that the neck pickup of this guitar is in Duncan SH2).
The crunch channel which allows for a more rock, hard rock (typed a little Deep Purple), I leave the EQ as it is, but then I can return to bridge pickup (NB: SH4). it does not bleed, the sound is crisp and clear and the Lionheart who is a very good amp captures the sound spectrum.
Saturated channel is very complete: if I put as much or little saturation and voicing, the sound will change completely: if I set to minimum (below 5/10 for each knob), I get a his very special, as if I had plugged an overdrive playing on the clean channel. on the other hand, if I push it all to 8 or 9/10, there I go really sounds bourrines property: if I had I would feel almost level attack to play Steve Vai (but hey it is a matter level). In addition, I tested this pedal with an Ibanez and Dimarzio equipped does not sound like either (like what the amp does not mistreat are generated by the guitar). To summarize: it is really the asset channel preamp.

In sum, it is very easy to understand now that I prefer the sound: the crunch channel with the EQ set as I described above, and the channel saturation which is very complete.
The sound that I do not like: clear channel bridge pickup regardless of the setting of the equalizer.

I put 8 because excellence could not be achieved if all sounds I had liked.


I use since July 2012, it should be 8 months (which gave me time to explore much of the sound of the beast).

I have not tried any similar product model, I simply test this stuff up before you buy.

Feature that I like most: the variations of sounds you can get on the channel saturation., Price.

Feature I like least: no bypass, poverty clear channel.

As I said above: the price at which I got (€ 140 while the price new is € 375: more than two and a half times cheaper) is perfect for 140 € I play metal well nag no need to ruin me buying another amp head to a minimum of 300 €.

With experience, I do not know if I would do this choice: it is a question of resources and availability (I do not buy my gear that opportunity because I do not trust the Internet for this type of equipment and prices in shops are prohibitive).

guigue106's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" nice"

Hughes & Kettner Tubeman MKII
PREAM lamp has 3 channels


simple: yes
Manual: beneficial
obtain a sound: AC takes time for reflection


music style: only the distal one with 80% voicing has allowed me to be I was looking for.

type of sound? : Clear, sharp, crisp, clean, smooth (one side P'ti "petruccien")

guitar. esp m2 / vai jem 7DY: jpm p3 .....

looking for big sound prog, and ideal


I "traded" against a time line has al 6 has a buddy, and I never regrété this exchange.

I plugged in the in the order: jpmp3-535Q-tubeman2-bossge7-digi-delay (return) 401 Marshall amp dsl.

well and taking the time to refine all this arsenal, I'd sound good prog, c was not the "mesa-attitude" I finally took it in good and well saturated, very sharp.

vicing button plays a dominant role for "define" the color of your music, the Overdrive channel, m 'never used it and clean either.

I saturai rhythm in the power amp, and a ride I was passing on the clean channel, just these four parameters already allowed much good "escurtion" music.

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

Hughes & Kettner Tubeman MKII
see comments for all previous ones CHARACTERISTICS prcises. All t adj Retailer Fawn exhaustive.


Setup could not be more simple, if you used an amp adj standard before.
The manual almost useless features are so easy to use.
The sound is obtained relatively easily with a little work done on the qualisation to get a good balance gnral.


Prs should not all styles of music if you take the time to rgler every time. This preamp Demme shows all its limitations when pushed to its limits, grain saturation typical of Hughes & Kettner tend disparatre and turn into a screaming fuzz ...

The clear sound, unlike anything that says prcdemment t is worthy of the best amps for the brand. Possdant les2 heads H & K Triamp MkI (1997) and MkII (2005), the sound of Tubeman trs is close to the clear sound of these amps rfrents brand. With a warm and rich ... Well, yes, the clear sound of H & K was never that of a Fender t like it or not, and that even if you activate the "tight" on their head amp . APRS we like it or not, but I think those caused by the clear sound of Tubeman will be as much of a head Triamp ...

For channel 2, is in his typically a Hughes & Kettner. I think this canalparcourt, channels 1B 2B Triamp, we will therefore clear sound bluesy, a british rock sound through a nice crunch, more or less saturated, pushing more or less the gain of this channel.

For channel 3, be sure rgler the voicing, as it is trs important to have some level of your homognitau qualisation on channel 3 Different. This channel 3, Unson CHARACTERISTICS distills the heads Triamp en3A and Duotone in Lead. Be careful, however, this channel shows these limits in large saturations. It is better to rgler gain low enough to maintain its typical heads Hughes & Kettner.


I use it for several months now.

For me it's a 10/10 catgories.

Being in the dplacement abroad, just as not forced to carry my amp heads of all the preamps I have used the Tubeman is one that is right for me better. And for a price after all trs reasonable, especially if you want to purchase ... APRS should take the time to work on her, as with any amp H & K.

The biggest advantage of this is to have Systm sounds close desmeilleurs trs H & K sounds in a very easy transport module, especially when compared to other brands. So yes, the Mesa Rectifier Preamp Engineering is certainly better but it is three times more expensive and is the size of2 racks. We can not have everything, we must decide a time.

Note that I am a user of the mark for 15 years now and I know the subtleties of their hardware for a long time. And I also possder essay or a large number of heads of amps from Fender, Marshall, Bogner, Vox, Mesa, Randall ...

So yes, H & K makes trs good things, but that does not fontles other brands (as they do what good dj. They have their own personality is an APRS matter of taste. To those seeking crystal clear sound at H & K, why look at H & K alorsque Fender and Vox do dj trs well!

Finally, simply connect, trs sounds good and close to the best MODELS, Hughes & Kettner characters without compromise, all you need to have fun, especially if you can not have a head of amp and cabinet on hand!
Amplifies a console or amplifier output can largely be enough for some concert dates o scne space is more than small!


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

Hughes & Kettner Tubeman MKII
- What kind of amplification (lamp, transistor ,...)?
Transistor and lamp (12AX7 RUBY TUBE)

- What connection?
instrument input jack, output amp in jack, output mix (with amp simulator)

- What are the rglages the effects? ...
CHANNEL 1: Clear Channel, GAIN


- The configuration is it simple?
yes the config is simple

- Gets it easy to sound good?
ca be addressed relatively easily and intuitively


- Is it your style of music?
yes if there was this stamp bp compared to the CH2 channel 1 and 3. I, song, blues-rock (vaughan, hendrix, clapton, rolling stones)

- With what (s) guitar (s) / low (s) or effect (s) do you play?
I use it with a layer of the 70's and amp peavey tube "classic blues" in 1995.

- What kind of sound you get and with what rglages ("crystalline", "bold ",....)?
Clear Channel, begins cruncher qd knob the gain is about 14h on rgl.
This channel is too dark, lack of shine.

Canal Crunch, crunch fairly quickly, a small reserve of saturation, the gain was saturated enough to base a rock sound.
This channel is Bill, lacks serious.

Canal Disto, reserve of saturated fat, gain over 14h it starts getting confusing.
This channel is provided too serious lack of brightness (high end)

- What are the sounds you prfrez, you dtest?
For me, there is a incohrence channel 2 relative to channel 1 and 3. Channel 2 is too bright compared to two other channels. C EHJV really what this pramp, c a shame ...

If all three from the three channels had cohrent t in terms of tone I think I would use it again. For now, I lends a friend who used it primarily as simulator amp. telecaster -> T-REX Moller (type TubeSreamer without loss in the bass) ---> CH2 -> mix out -> amp for acoustic guitar Shertler.


- How long have you use it?

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
amp simulator is pretty good.

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?

- How do you report qualitprix?
it's going.

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...

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

Hughes & Kettner Tubeman MKII
Pramp three channels of a 12AX7 team:
Channel 1: clear sound - transistor circuit
Channel 2 / 3: crunch and lead - lamp circuit.

Volume per channel, a gain knob for crunch and lead channels. A master volume.
EQ common to all three channels with an outline on the lead channel that can sculpt the sound around mdiums.

CT Connect, a line-out "To power amp" Sim and output with HP's "To mix".

Replacement lamp can really change the CHARACTERISTICS of channels 2 and 3, which is apprciable. As against it would seem that our friends H & K did not think we could have change the lamp, the maneuver as pluttdlicate ...

- Original lamp (Ruby 12AX7): its a bit messy in the lower and not lead to hyper prcis
- Electro-Harmonix 12AX7: the sound has become much more dynamic and gain! trs lamp type rock
- TAD 12AT7: I tried this rduire lamp gain factor. Channel 2 crunch time later, which allows for sounds with a trslger overdrive, which is impossible with the original lamp.
- 12AU7 Siemens test trs not conclusive, its too crystalline and frankly too rough in lead
- 12AY7: blah ...

8 / 10 for the legalization common and the original lamp that must change in my office.


The config is really simple, it is not going to have his three shot her.

The only BMOL legalization is common all channels, which may in some GNER seeking sounds trs creuss lead in a clear and clean, but use it pramp n is not really intended to nomtal and whatnot like that.

At home, I plug in the simulation output with HP in a multi-purpose TC which I use also of A / D converter and then sound card / studio monitors.

The simu HP dpanne well even if an equalizer is ncessaire downstream to cut some frquences acute (if not the sound a little "bee" in disto)


I play this with two Yamaha pramp, a Pacifica 812 (Start copy) and an AES 620 (Les Paul copy).

Channel 1 (clear) but easily crunchable transistor circuit when pushed beyond the 7 / 10. I never use this channel as it is in fact a little dark.

Channel 2 (crunch) channel I prfre above all! Trs his brilliant (much more than the clean channel), the gain here to switch to the bluesy overdrive crunch lightweight type AC / DC.
I leave the gain almost'm using the min and finally a clear channel / overdrive CONTRL lgre the saturation with the volume of the guitar, the typical 70's trs.
I couple this channel with a clone of Tubescreamer for AES and a fuzz Belcat of the stratum. With that, it sounds vintage trs!

Channel 3 (lead): The reserve of gain on this channel trs is great, although I find that the sound loses a lot in with too much gain DEFINITIONS (a little fuzzy). It sounds quite modern with enough bass and mids Submitted lgrement back.
The outline can be very useful on this channel, you can go from a typical Marshall lead a dig in the trs mdiums. Despite this possibility dernire pramp this is not my sense is for nomtal. Good for the Metallica but no ... got my dl

Clearly, this should pramp all out extreme styles. For what I play (rock in the 70s ...), it gnral nickel!


I use it for 4 years but have been slow on matriser (relamping). Have three channels under the foot for 350 euros, it makes this a pramp pdalier-trs good value compared qualitprix competition (Mesa V-Twin, Koch PedalTone).

Given its sound quality and its solid, it will follow me a while!

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

Hughes & Kettner Tubeman MKII
Tube guitar preamp, three foot switchable channels, clean, drive, lead

Volume per channel EQ generally a master.

Uncompensated output (for power amp + guitar cabinet)
Simu output with HP (red box).

No bypass


Ben if you know how to use a scratching amp, it's easy, it Pariel.


I use most often in a power amp Tech 21 Power Engine 60. Between the two I just put a small multi effects for reverb, delay and modulation;
Before the preamp, a wah and a boost Marshall "bluesbreakerr"

Well I can tell you that value for money issue, this is not enough known preamp is very well placed.

very nice clean sound, lens.

Crunch drive and responding well to the nuances jeu.Idéal for blues and rock

Lead channel gain value in hard and with good momentum (going from light crunch to the hyper-saturated by varying the volume of the guitar). On the channel EQ voicing one can play on medium.

This preamp can play anything but extreme metal Nu Bidul ... (say, from jazz to heavey)

Warning: use the correct output depending on where you plug and advice, try both before deciding.

I put 9 for value for money


I use this setup in conjunction with a pod XT live, according to my mood when I want to have more feelings based on the nuances of the game

Very good product to try and adopt if you want a good preamp