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Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Guitar Amplifier Head

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Product Description

The Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Guitar Amplifier Head is a 2 channel amp with a footswitchable boost on the lead for great versatility from crystal cleans to all out metal saturation. A four-step power soak allows you to select between 18, 5 and 1 watt as well as speaker mute. And courtesy of the built-in Red Box and silent recording capability, you can lay down pro-quality tracks at any time day or night.

For the TubeMeister 18 head, Hughes and Kettner packed all their know-how and over a quarter of a century‘s passion for tube amps into a remarkably compact chassis. Thanks to German engineering, it can go from a roar to a whisper, shaking the boards on stage, tingling spines in the studio, and raising goose-bumps in the still of night - even during silent recording.

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Head Features

  • Warm tube tone with phenomenal dynamic range that sweeps from sparkling clean to throaty crunch
  • Harmonically rich tube distortion and the gain reserves to go from edgy overdrive to soaring lead sounds
  • Re-voices LEAD to summon modern high-gain sound that pairs plenty of punch with endless sustain
  • Passive voicing section tweaked to evoke the best frequency response out of each channel
  • Preamp section sporting two 12AX7 tubes
  • Push-pull power amp that pumps out stage-approved 18 watts
  • Oversized transformers with tons of headroom
  • TSC-protected power amp featuring auto-bias and status LED
  • Footswitch connection enabling remote channel switching and BOOST actuation
  • Serial FX loop for adding effects-fl avored spice to the sonic stew
  • Quad-stage power soak with silent recording capability
  • Balanced RED BOX OUT with authentic speaker emulation

Product Specifications
Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Head Specifications
  • Channels: 2
  • Power: 18 Watts
  • bFS-2 optional
  • Protective Cover Softbag included
  • Dimensions: 356 x 156 x 150 mm
  • Weight: 5 kg
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  716-297-2920 Warranty:  2 Years
Chase Johnson Submitted: 7/16/2018
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Wow amazing sounding as well as eye catching
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What is your opinion of this product?
First off the different watt modes are amazing. I keep mine set at 5 in the house and it still packs a mazing punch. The clean channel is one of the cleanest amps I have played through. Hit the button on the front and ignite a whole new animal for both overdrive and gain. This is by far one of the better amps I own and I can't get home from work fast enough to play through it into the evenings. I paired this on a fender hotrod deluxe cabinet and what an amazing pairing it is.
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Jeff Mabe Submitted: 6/5/2018
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LOVE this amp!
What is your opinion of this product?
Nicest and most versatile amp I’ve ever owned and it sounds killer! However I’d HIGHLY recommend throwing the junk Chinese tubes that come in it in the trash and install some nice NOS tubes, it really smooths it out and takes away the harshness that you get with the cheap Chinese tubes. That being said, this thing has sparkling cleans and a gain so thick and rich you don’t even need a pedal in front of it at all. It sounds best on 18w. The lower the wattage you get a little more harshness out of it but it’s barely noticeable. This thing is about the size of a loaf of bread and comes with a really nice carrying bag as well.
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Dennis Submitted: 12/12/2017
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Best amp I have owned.
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This is the best amp I have owned. The tones this Hughes and Kettner generate are sweet and beautiful. The power attenuator on the back saturates to sound without giving up any tone. Going down to 1 watt and cranking it gives it amazing sound and feel. I have owned a ton of amps, and this takes the cake. By the way, through my 4x12 cabinet this amp pushes air in the all the right ways!
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James Esterly, esterlyelectronics@gmail.com Submitted: 4/13/2016
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Love it! Just what I needed.
What is your opinion of this product?
I needed a compact, easily portable tube head that I could use in my shop and at events to showcase my Handbuilt guitar effects. It does everything and more than I needed. Excellent clean tone, which is essential for my business. I am impressed by the amount of gain available for the user as well. I recommend it for folks who want a full featured amp but do not want to lug around a heavy, bulky amp.
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TranqB Submitted: 7/15/2015
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Wow so much Power unleashed like a wildcat !
What is your opinion of this product?
I have always been, like so many musicians , on the endless journey for Tone..... I have a bunch of high end amps ( Marshall of course, Mesa, Orange, Vox, 5150..etc.... This amp is beautiful ....looks super slick on stage with the blue plexiglass, Sonically both the clean and the lead channels are crisp, articulate and harmonically rich.. I power three 2 x 12 cabs with this blue monster and it will knock you over with ultimate sonic power and tonal bliss. Highly recommend for its complete package and super versatility...DI into FOHPA sounds incredible....buy this amp now please!
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Homey Iommi Submitted: 7/8/2015
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Great purchase !!!
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I was shocked by the way my amp was delivered (Tossed over the gate to my breezeway, over 6 foot drop.) Plugged it in and it worked fine! Tone for days and simple operation. Glad I made this purchase! Awesome amp!
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Mike Submitted: 3/9/2015
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Looks and sounds great
What is your opinion of this product?
This is a stunningly beautiful amp head. Don't be discouraged by China being the place of assembly, the quality is superb. Great sound, very versatile, equipped with power soak and tube safety system. I highly recommend this item.
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Franky S Submitted: 1/30/2015
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Words cannot express How good this is....!!!
What is your opinion of this product?
The tone is...amazing...You need ZERO pedals......Just crank it and what it sing...I use it thru a vintage Marshall 1960 cab....This is totally gig worthy....The 18 watts is real loud...Sound even better than the Fender Hot Rod deluxe (I'm sorry to say).....BUY THIS Amp...If you need more power the 36 is the way to go...But for in house recording..Small clubs.........WINNER all the way!!
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CT from Houston. TX Submitted: 8/24/2014
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If you haven't tried this you don't know what you're missing.
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I tried several heads before buying. This one blew them all away. The tone and versatility of this head makes it a monster from home studio to stage.
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C Sobel Submitted: 8/22/2013
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Oh My God!!!
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OMG I cannot believe how bad a$$ this little amp is. I've run it through single, dual, and quad speaker cabinets and it just got better with each one. I never realized how loud 1 watt can be. at 18 watts it rocks your face off! For my purposes it's a great main amp. It could easily be used as a cost effective backup amp for people with larger heads. BTW it sounded better than a Marshall JVM. Just saying. . .
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