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A head with warm tube tone and phenomenal dynamic range.

For the TubeMeister 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head, Mr. Hughes and Herr 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.

Serving up three different sounds at the touch of a footswitch, the soulful Tube-Meister 18 is the go-to guitar amp for gigging. Its four-step power soak brings the sound of the big stage into small clubs and your own four walls. 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.

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Tube Guitar Amp 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 eff ects-fl avored spice to the sonic stew
    Quad-stage power soak with silent recording capability
    Balanced RED BOX OUT with authentic speaker emulation


Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Tube Guitar Amp Head Specifications:

  • Channels: 2
    Power: 18 Watts
    Footswitch/Stageboard: FS-2 optional
    Protective Cover: Softbag included
    Dimensions: 356 x 156 x 150 mm
    Weight: 5 kg


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  • Great Amp!

    As reviewed by Andrew Erickson on 3/19/2012

    I have been in the market for a good lunch box head - the Tubemiester 18 delivers nicely. The clean channel is pristine at any volume (probably the best I've ever heard from a lunchbox). The lead channel is very versatile and the lead boost is over the top with gain. The EQ is very responsive and easy to dial in - really great for treble tones. My only issue with this amp is that the distortion is not vintage sounding to me (not like an old school Marshall or other classic tube amps). It's got a more modern sound (which is pretty much H&K's sound). All in all, it's probably the best amp head I'ved owned and the power soak is OUTSTANDING - great for all volumes. And hey this thing has pretty blue lights - can't go wrong with that!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • Give this one a try! Just don't use with a G12T-75 speaker

    As reviewed by Michael Roe on 4/15/2013

    I have had this amp now for about 6 months. I first got it to downsize my rig( a Marshall JMP-1, DSL 100, and JCM 900 1960B cab). At the time if Marshall would have sold the DSL 15 head with an FX loop, I most likey would not have even tried this head out. I just tried this out on a whim at the local GC. At first glance it seemed pretty cool with two channels and a boost plus the all important FX loop. I was shocked how cool the blue lights were and , to be honest, that definitely helped on me liking this amp. I have had many of the low wattage amps in the past(Epi Valve JR-stock and modded, Blackstar, Jet City, etc). I just never seemed to find one that I liked. The main reason for that was the power amp stages of most of these heads use EL84 tubes which I haven't been a fan of. Years ago I even had a Mesa DC-3 and it too had EL84's in it and it plagued from the same old tone of all these EL84 amps- Flabby bottom end! So, back to the tubemeister! My first impression was, wow, much better bottom end then any other EL84 based amp. It was still their somewhat but I thought well maybe I can work with it. After getting it home and really trying it out, i paired it with my JCM 900 1960B. I was quite surprised how loud this was in 18 watt mode. It definitely could do the job in a live band situaution. After the short honeymoon stage, this amp never grew on me and I disliked the tone more and more. Not only was the typical EL84 tone annoying me but it just sounded harsh and brittle. I let the amp sit for months and even tried to sell it with no luck. Then recently I got called to duty for a project and the other guitar player only had a Marshall class 5 amp. So, I thought, oh well, the H & K would mix with his tone ok. I since sold my 4x12 so I went to GC and picked up a Egnater tweaker 1x12 with a G12H30. After pairing the Tubemeister up with this cab I was blown away how good this little monster could sound. With that tweaker cab this amp sounds soooooo much better. It lost the harshness and brittleness and the flabby bottom end was just about gone. Our first jam session was awesome. The next week we hooked up I brought a BBE Sonic Maximizer and put it in the loop. I am now in love with this monster of an amp. This little puppy now kicks some major mojo. I love the Celestion G12T-75 speakers with EL34 amps but with the Tubemeister it kills the tone. H & K should put a disclaimer sticker on the amp that reads, "Caution if you want this amp to sound good, Do Not Use A Celestion G12T-75 Equipped Speaker Cab". Oh, and BTW, the Marshall Class 5 with a TC electronic Nova Drive is an awesome pairing as well. The other guitar player had a bunch of different pedals trying to find the right one for his C5 and I loaned him my Nova Drive and I don't think I am going to get it back! Oh yeah, the Tubemeister doesn't need any pedals in front. As a matter of fact the clean sounds are so good that I don't use any effects with it. It has a very warm, swirly, creamy clean tone that is just beautiful(keep in mind I don't care for Findurh or meeesa clean tones). There is sooo much gain on tap with this head that if you need to drive it with extra, you might want to learn how to play first. I am definitely eyeballing the Tubemeister 36 watter for future investment. Not because this isn't loud enough, but just for the added flexibility.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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  • My favorite amp

    As reviewed by TONY BATTAGLIA on 2/12/2013

    I'm a guitar center employee in the guitar department and I had always seen this hughes and kettner head but never gave it a chance for some strange reason. I had to demo a guitar and I just picked this amp randomly, set the eq flat and slowly turned up the master. I immediately placed an order. Every one I've recommended it to loves it. The EQ is very responsive and boosts very nicely. You don't have to cut out any mids to get a tight bass. The clean can be very versatile depending on how you set the volume, gain, and wattage on the back to reduce headroom. The blue channel is good for anything from a light distortion to a pretty thick crunch. Great for classic rock or Block Party type sounds. The red channel is what sold me. Most lead boosts just make an amp louder and a little gainier. This one is an entirely different distortion. Half way gain already sounds like Rage Against the Machine. I compared it with the Mesa Mini Rec (awesome), the ENGL (pretty cool), and the DV Mark (nice clean), but none trumped this one as far as features and sound; especially for the price. It's dumb loud, drives a 110 - 412 no problem. If you're on the fence, buy it.

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