Hughes and Kettner Amplifiers
We live in a world of sensory perception—touch, taste, sight, and especially great tone! Hearing is like no other sense. Auditory perceptions are interpreted as information, but they also have a direct and unfiltered influence on our emotions and, by extension, our well-being. Language and music are the speech of the heart, giving voice to our feelings and sharing our emotions. Company founders (and brothers) Hans and Lothar Stamer began producing their own guitar amps in 1984. While the production space may have been small, their aspirations were not. Soon, the reputation of their products for craftsmanship and performance spread, prompting them to expand operations time and time again.
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Hughes and Kettner Spirit Nano Metal
Sparkling clean tone that chimes like a glockenspiel. Smoky blues tones with the snarl of a junkyard dog. Lead sounds that wail as seductively as Siren’s song. Expansive, enveloping arena rock tones. The malevolent grind of a chainsaw gnawing on heavy metal: Iconic sounds such as these have been giving voice to new modes of musical expression and shaping the sound of entire genres for more than 60 years now. The new Spirit Nano Heads from Hughes & Kettner capture the spirit of each era of legendary guitar sounds in three amps with distinctive personalities. Gain isn’t everything. But sometimes some is just not enough. The Spirit of Metal offers tons of it. You can go ahead and mothball your booster – you won’t be needing for anything beyond the 12 o’clock position. And if you require a little less gain here and there, you can dial it back without a care in the world. Your tone won’t get wimpier, just more dynamic and responsive to your attack, choice of pickup, and volume settings. The Sagging knob greases the gears so that tone just oozes from your fingers with the kind of endless sustain and creamy overtones it takes to let your lead lines soar. Less is sometimes more for riffing, so you may want to dial it back for rhythm work. Laying down a groove generally requires a tighter tone and hair-trigger response from the amp. The Spirit of Metal delivers both with flying colors. Roll back the Sagging knob, and the power amp will respond with the suddenness of a cobra strike. Also, the tipping point into compression will come very late, even when you play chords in a drop tuning. The Tone control takes you on a tour of the tones that define entire genres of metal, from modern scooped sounds to that classic macho midrange. Incorporating the Gain knob into your tone-sculpting arsenal affords you instant access to all style-defining high-gain sounds, be they of British, German or Californian origin or flavor.
Hughes and Kettner Spirit Nano Rock
What would the guitar heroes of the arena rock era have done without the trademark sound of a full stack blasting away to lend wings to their lead lines? We’ll never know, but that wall of sound certainly inspired a lot of melodic soloing and virtuoso tapping. The Spirit of Rock purrs when you pick softly, snarls when you dig in, and roars when you punish those strings. It is so touch-sensitive and responsive that your guitar’s volume knob puts the full range of tones from crunch to lead at the beck and call of your pinkie. The Sagging knob works like a variable turbocharger, welcoming you to the world of brown sound. It is so articulate that every chord note rings out clearly – and we’re not just talking about power chords here. Dime the Sagging knob and the amp behaves like a cranked non-master tube amp. It invites you tap into all that sound and fury to let your emotions fly off your fingertips. And if you nudge up the Gain knob, the amp will greedily siphon every drop of sound out of those pickups even at the softest touch of a string. Tapping suddenly seems effortless. And it has more gain than you would expect from a rock amp: From 12 o’clock upwards, it behaves like an amp with an upstream booster. Do you prefer Californian or British lead tone? Why settle for one when the Tone knob sweeps smoothly from the Pacific to the Atlantic to give you both – and all points in between.
Hughes and Kettner Spirit Nano Vintage
Single-channel amps with no master knob are the holy grail of tone for some, reigning supreme in many guitarists’ amp pantheon. No other circuit creates such a direct connection between human and machine. And no other amp responds with such immediacy, feels as alive, or serves up such a sensuous experience in sound. This type of amp was the wellspring from which all those iconic sounds of the ‘60s and early ‘70s flowed; the weapon of choice for the rebels who created the blueprint for rockin’ tone. The Spirit of Vintage is the rightful heir to those amps in terms of sound design with its sweeping dynamic range and touch-sensitive response to your phrasing. Best of all, it delivers those goods even with the Master rolled back. The Sagging control lets you wail with wanton abandon, ripping it up with raw but beguilingly beautiful tone, albeit without alienating the neighborhood. Turn it up and you’ll have no choice but to dig in! Rolling back the Gain and Sagging knobs cleans up the Spirit of Vintage’s sound when you pick with a light touch. Then, when you hit the strings harder, it breaks up just like the tube amps of yore to crank out warm, wooly distortion oozing with overtones. Higher Gain settings put a touch more grit at your fingertips with kind of distortion you need to play single-note lines with bluesy authenticity. Anything from sweet to snarling goes. The Tone knob is your all-access ticket to the entire spectrum of less feral tone from early Californian clean to classic British crunch. It’s all right there for you to enjoy at the nudge of a knob.
Guitar Amp Heads
Hughes and Kettner GM40DH GrandMeister Deluxe 40 Head
The smartest all-tube amp the world has ever seen. GrandMeister Deluxe 40’s luxurious appointments and smart features like the built-in power soak give you everything you need to rock the world’s biggest stages, enjoy Deluxe tone at an agreeable room volume at home, and silently capture spine-tingling tones at night without a cab or microphone. This is truly the definitive do-it-all all-tube amp!
Hughes and Kettner TM20DH TubeMeister Deluxe 20 Head
The boss of lunchbox amps just got a chunky gourmet brother. Where TubeMeister is stunning, TubeMeister Deluxe is simply jaw dropping. Deluxe tones take you from pure, pristine cleans to an authentic brown sound and devastatingly powerful modern-day high gain, all influenced by the most beloved channels of our flagship TriAmp Mark 3.
Hughes and Kettner TM40DH TubeMeister Deluxe 40 Head
The boss of lunchbox amps just got a chunky gourmet bother. TubeMeister Deluxe 40 makes your job as a guitar player better sounding, easier, and a whole load more fun.
Hughes & Kettner TRIAMP3H TriAmp MKIII
No limits. No compromises. This is what you get when 30 years of tube amp expertise combine with an absolute freedom of engineering. The result is an amp boasting a range of professional sounds not offered by any other amp anywhere on the planet. And best of all, TriAmp Mark 3’s breathtaking versatility and inspirational tonality is matched only by its ease and joy of use.
Hughes and Kettner Spirit200 Black Spirit 200 Head
Black Spirit 200 delivers an explosive ride through musical history, a four-channel eruption of thrilling sounds that gives you the most intense playing experience you’ve ever felt. Blessed with incredible practicality and an exhilarating range of sounds and features, immense power, and weighing in at just 8 lbs., Black Spirit 200 is perfect for anywhere from your bedroom to the world’s biggest arenas. The sound experience and feel of a high-quality tube amp circuit. The flexibility and versatility of a modeling amp. The ease of use and robustness of a transistor amp. All this is contained within Black Spirit 200. It truly is like no amp before.
Guitar Combo Amps
Hughes and Kettner Spirit200 Combo
Designed to be the ‘largest’ sounding 1×12” combo ever produced and delivering a true wall of sound playing experience that players can carry in one hand, Black Spirit 200 Combo’s secret is in its enclosure: a closed-back front-ported birch plywood construction, it features perfectly tuned Thiele/Small ports for enhanced low-end response. Meanwhile, well-balanced dimensions dampen the speaker’s movement and at the same time allow it to breathe, letting it unleash its full sonic potential and delivering more output than any other comparable housing. The result is the punchiest yet most balanced frequency response ever in a combo of this size!
Acoustic Combo Amps
Hughes and Kettner ERA-1 250W Acoustic Combo Amplifier
Welcome to a new era of acoustic amplification. Developed with renowned designer Michael Eisenmann, era 1 gives you richly detailed definition for peerless authenticity and tonal brilliance, plus a bunch of remarkably innovative and intuitive features to make every performance better. On top of all this, era 1 is built in Germany to the highest quality standards.
Hughes and Kettner ERA-2 400W Acoustic Combo Amp
Era 2 is the second acoustic amplifier in Hughes & Kettner’s era acoustic series. Alongside extraordinary acoustic power, era 2 gives you richly detailed definition for peerless authenticity and tonal brilliance, plus a bunch of remarkably innovative and intuitive features to make every performance better. Built in Germany to the highest quality standards, era 2’s extra power and low-end make it the perfect choice for players who require serious volume and bass for performance purposes.
Hughes and Kettner TM212CAB TubeMeister 2x12 Cabinet
The TM 212 cabinet features two 12” Celestion Vintage 30 in a vented, dove-tailed birch ply housing. It´s dimensions are tailored to a TubeMeister 36 and GrandMeister 36 in vertical use, or to standard size heads in horizontal use.
Hughes and Kettner TM12CAB TubeMeister 12 Cabinet
The TM 112 cabinet features a sweet 12” Celestion Vintage 30 in a vented, dove-tailed birch ply housing.
Hughes and Kettner TM10CAB TubeMeister 10 Cabinet
The TM 110 Cabinet sports the same Celestion Ten 30 speaker that has proven its merits in the TubeMeister 18 Combo.
Floor and Pedals
Kughes and Kettner Spirit200Floor Black Spirit 200 Floor
Black Spirit 200 Floor combines the exhilarating range of sounds and features and the immense power of the award-winning Black Spirit 200 Head and Combo, and adds in the incredibly practical switching and controlling functions of the FSM-432 MK III MIDI Board. The secret behind Black Spirit 200 Floor’s incredible sounds is our groundbreaking ‘bionic’ tone generating technology: Spirit. This strictly analog circuitry faithfully recreates the complex, dynamic processes known from classic tube amp designs, thereby delivering world class tone and responsiveness. With the massive power of 200 watts and the integrated Red Box AE+ speaker emulation, Black Spirit 200 Floor can drive any kind and size of cabinet.
Hughes and Kettner Spirit Ampman Modern
Hughes & Kettner’s all-analog Spirit Tone Generator is now available in a compact pedal format. AmpMan Modern´s two distinctive channels each embody an entire era of legendary guitar tones, served up by the built-in 50-watt power amp or the integrated Red Box AE+. With connoisseur tone-shaping capabilities, impressive power and a comprehensive set of professional features in a handsome little box, AmpMan is the go-to solution on stage, at home and in the studio.
Hughes and Kettner Spirit Ampman Classic
Hughes & Kettner’s all-analog Spirit Tone Generator is now available in a compact pedal format. AmpMan Classic´s two distinctive channels each embody an entire era of legendary guitar tones, served up by the built-in 50-watt power amp or the integrated Red Box AE+. With connoisseur tone-shaping capabilities, impressive power and a comprehensive set of professional features in a handsome little box, AmpMan is the go-to solution on stage, at home and in the studio.