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The GrandMeister 36 is an all-analog tube amp with four independent channels: Clean, Crunch, Lead, and Ultra. The 36 watts 4x EL84 power amp is based on the TubeMeister 36, but the 3x 12AX7 preamp is ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The GrandMeister 36 is an all-analog tube amp with four independent channels: Clean, Crunch, Lead, and Ultra. The 36 watts 4x EL84 power amp is based on the TubeMeister 36, but the 3x 12AX7 preamp is completely redesigned and offers the widest tonal spectrum H&K has ever included in an amp, from sparkling clean to highest gain. Independent gain, master, EQ settings and even presence and resonance control plus a switchable boost for each channel provide you with all the versatility a guitarist could wish for.

How? The GrandMeister's Smart Rotary Controls allow each channel to have its own set of controls with only a minimum of pots since each control is fully remote controllable and programmable. That means you can create any sound you want, store it on 128 presets, and recall it via MIDI controller, interface or your iPad. Yes, the complimentary app for iPad enables you to check the setting of every single control, adjust them, assign names to the presets, and remote control the amp with your iPad - everything in real time. And the best news: the remote control is just the icing on the cake - all controls are accessible directly on the amp or the matching MIDI board FSM 432 MK III (sold separately).

Note: The GM36 remote app does not contain preset data. However, it does show the values of presets (the position of each knob and switch) stored in a GrandMeister 36 that is connected to your iPad and Android via MIDI. GM36 Remote app for iPad and Android lets you:
Watch and touch settings of analog tube tone on your iPad and Android
Add names to your amp's preset numbers
Benefit from extended effects control
Remote control your tone in realtime

And if you still feel there is something missing you might want to take advantage of the onboard effects and add some delay, chorus or one of the other modulation effects. By simply pressing FX ACCESS you can make the Smart Rotary Controls for the channel settings now work as effects controls, which keeps your user interface well structured and clear. The GrandMeister is also equipped with digital reverb as well as an intelligent dual break point noise gate, measuring the guitar signal at the input, but cutting the noise between the preamp and effects loop.

However, the GrandMeister wouldn't be called a Meister if it weren't for all the great features that made the Meister series so successful. The Power Soak is capable of converting the amp's output into heat and tone and thereby gives you the opportunity to break 36 watts down to 18, 5, 1 and 0 watts - it goes without saying that the Power Soak is programmable and controllable via MIDI as well. Hence you can enjoy the full tube sound at home without annoying your neighbors and even do silent recording at night. The built- in RED BOX genuinely simulates a 4x12" cabinet and sends the signal directly into the mixer, which makes it an amazingly helpful tool in the studio as well as on stage. And last but not least: The TSC (Tube Safety Control) is an automated system that constantly monitors and readjusts the bias to ensure the power tubes operate reliably and deliver the best possible tone.

The GrandMeister is a dream amp for every guitarist who wishes for unlimited access to great tube tone, including effects—all at a touch of a button.

Features
  • Power: 36W (tube)
  • Tubes: three 12AX7 (preamp); four EL34 (power amp)
  • Attenuation: 36W, 18W, 5W, 1W
  • 4 channels: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Ultra
  • Impedance: 8, 16 ohms
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, presence, resonance, gain, volume, master, boost
  • Digital spring reverb
  • Built-in noise gate
  • MIDI control
  • FX loop
  • Line out
  • Red Box out
  • iPad connectivity
  • Soft bag included
  • Dimensions: 17.5 in. x 6.7 in. x 6 in.
  • Weight: 17lb.
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  •  GM36 Remote works with iPad 2 and newer Android devices, and MIDI interfaces for iPad and Android. USB interfaces are not supported. The app that belongs to the MIDI interface must be installed and opened on your iPad or Android before you can use the GM36 Remote app.
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Hughes & KettnerGrandMeister 36W Tube Guitar Head
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

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    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Portable (7)
  • Warm / comfy (7)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Typical H & K

A very versatile amp. If you like the sound of H & K amps, then this is like the other ones, specifically the Swithcblade & Coreblade. Has plenty of gain in...Read complete review

A very versatile amp. If you like the sound of H & K amps, then this is like the other ones, specifically the Swithcblade & Coreblade. Has plenty of gain in all preamp configurations. Effects are pretty good too. Buy the midi pedal if you don't already have one. That really unleashes the amp. Only concern was that it came with lousy Chinese tubes. Very harsh sounding. I replaced them with a set of JJ's & the amp came alive. Can get a smooth overdriven sound now. Takes some time to dial your personal sounds, but it's well worth the effort. Very portable. The included carry bag is a nice touch. Definitely enough volume for almost any stage. H & K amps are always very powerful.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You know what? Dont buy this thing ...

I will begin by saying this amp sounds wonderful. It has four amp "parameters": clean, crunch lead and ultra that all sound great, but the amp has no separate...Read complete review

I will begin by saying this amp sounds wonderful. It has four amp "parameters": clean, crunch lead and ultra that all sound great, but the amp has no separate channels per se. Rather, it has endless electronic presets. It has decent built in effects, a noise gate, direct box and power soak, so this thing is loaded with features. It is loud enough for any practical use.

Now the other side. Other than an analogue pot for master volume, the amp controls are all complex electronic circuits that act like pots. These knobs only serve to set the parameters for your presets. But they are not mechanized as on the old Cyber-Twins. So when you change presets your settings on the previous preset are memorized internally. When you adjust parameters on the next preset then return to the previous preset, the knobs no longer indicate the settings on the channel that you just returned to. (Unless you search each individual pot for a blinking blue light). This means that to use this amp effectively, you MUST preprogram channel presets.

So given the way this thing operates, forget tweaking these controls mid-use. For that, you MUST have an iPad that will indicate the proper position of all the controls on each preset. It gets worse. The manufacturer makes no effort whatsoever to support iPad connectivity. No instructions either in the manual or online. You are on your own. That may not be a problem if you have a newer iPad with a lightning connector. But with the older 30 pin connector, it will take you a week to find it if you are extremely lucky. H&K recommends the IK Multimedia connectors, but IK no longer sells these. I found an old returned one at a local music store.

Additionally, in my contacts with H&K about connectivity, I left feeling as though their response was: this is simple, are you mentally challenged? In other words, they couldn't care less.

Take my advise, it you just want the great sound of this amp and want it to be useful for anything other than playing around with in your bedroom, buy the Tube Meister for much less. Don't waste your money on this thing.

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5.0

GrandMeister is absolutely correct. It is Grand...

By Jon Hatch

from Minnesota

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36W Tube Guitar Head:

    After "finding" my tone with a Bogner tube amp. I wanted to "find" a more expressive tone for a wider range of playing styles. I have been trying to keep from breaking the bank, but understand that quality is worth paying for. After listening to Alex Lifesons setup on tour a few years back, I remember how crisp and clean his clean channels were, but also how his distortion had bite and clarity. I then found out he was using H&Ks.
    This made me try some H&Ks. With the amps I have tried (coreblade and triamps) they all sounds clean and crisp, well defined and FREAKING LOUD!!!!!. after trying more amos, I made the choice for the Grandmeister because I really liked that I could dial in any sound I wanted. Not just face ripping distortion, but a clean channel that rivals the Bogner and Vox ac, but the ability to plays blues and classic rock all with a few turns of the knobs.
    This is, by no means, a cheap amp. It is a quality amp that has made me very happy with the purchase.

     
    5.0

    Best piece of musical equipment i've purchased

    By intermeidate/advanced player

    from Seattle

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • needs ipad + app to unlock potential

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36W Tube Guitar Head:

    If you can afford this -- buy it. I was on the fence but felt it was the best value, providing the most versatility for the $$ and would get me playing more. So far i've been right. the sounds i can get out of the grandmeister are simply amazing. I was previously using a tonebone multiplex for distortion into a solid state yahama (and in my high school band used a mesacombo+fender lace sensor strat+digitech effects). i can't even compare the tone -- the grandmeister blows my previous set ups out of the water. i've had about 10 sessions with the amp using a 2014 fender american telecaster. I couldn't be happier -- even just experimenting with the preset sounds -- can't wait to throw a humbucker at it. my one complaint so far is that there aren't more "preset sound" settings provided by H&K or forums where people can share their settings or a better protocol for uploading/managing presets from a file/database. also: the wireless midi interface is the way to go for the ipad app.

     
    5.0

    I'm really liking this amp

    By Matthew

    from undisclosed

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36W Tube Guitar Head:

      I bought this amp without even trying it out first, was getting nervous if I made the right choice while I waited for it to arrive. Delivered in perfect condition, opened it up, plugged it in and within a few minutes had it snarling the way I wanted it too. I have only had it a couple of weeks and rarely take it out of 5 watt mode, this thing can get loud. I play it with my gibson sg and couldn't be happier. With the built in effects, I no longer use most of my pedals. This amp is versatile and tweakable and at first can take a little getting used to, have faith it is a great amp. Get the footswitch it's 200 bucks I know but it makes things easier.

       
      5.0

      Impressed

      By Phrankenstrat

      from Virginia Beach, VA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36W Tube Guitar Head:

        This is my first H&K. Very impressed indeed. Coming from Mesas, I am actually quite surprised at how well this amp performs. The functionality is second to none. Four discrete channels each with its own EQ, decent effects, MIDI controlled, etc. There's not much this amp can't do. Around 18lbs, it's super light. I use it through a 1x12 WGS Vet 30 loaded cabinet and it sounds wonderful. Not usually a fan of EL84 tube type amps but this little guy blows me away. For anyone wanting a multitude of sounds with near limitless control, this amp rocks. I do not use the ipad connectivity but I don't see a need. There is bit of a learning curve with the amp but once you get used to it, it's a piece of cake to use. I can now even make adjustments on the fly at gig should the need arise (but rarely does) I've got about 15 sounds I use with it in two banks. I hate to say it but my Mesas are stored for now.

         
        5.0

        36W of Tube Awesomeness

        By Tinn Mann

        from Woodland Ca

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Addictive and Fun
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Looks Awesome with Blue LED Lights
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Stands Alone Strong

        Cons

        • Foot switch not included
        • Needs better controls/function for saved tones

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36W Tube Guitar Head:

        I use the Grandmeister 36 for practicing and for my home studio recording. I run a Line 6 Helix Multi Effects board for most of my recording, but he H&K Right out of the box has superb tone and was easy to dial in and get the tones I was looking for. I was looking for a tube amp head that could stand out on its own and be played without any help from added pedals, and the Grandmeister far exceeded my expectations. The amp has great warmth tones and awesome cleans, and combined with the on board effects, including reverb, it is stage ready on and by itself.

        (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Poorly made, terrible sound.

        By Brandon H.

        from San Diego

        Pros

          Cons

          • not as advertised
          • Poorly built
          • Poor sound

          Best Uses

            Comments about Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36W Tube Guitar Head:

            Right out of the box mine had some broken metal pieces rattling around inside it. pretty much knew it would be going sent back to GC but decided to try it out anyway. The clean and crunch channels have pretty good tone but the lead and ultra settings are fizzy and brittle and sound digital not like a tube amp. This amp is extremely noisy, the built in noise gate kills the noise but also kills your sustain. Also got a lot of weird glitchy sounds and notes cutting off unnaturally with the noise gate. The built in fx all sound the same. The footswitch is clunky and has to be manually switched from stompbox mode to preset mode and does not have a built in tuner. The amp also makes a loud pop when switching between channels with the footswitch. This thing comes off as more of a toy then a pro grade guitar amp. This amp is poorly built and if I didn't know any better I would say it's a cheap solid state amp with some tubes thrown in for show. I will never waste my time with Hughes and Kettner again.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            no real alternate out there. not for my needs.

            By atrain

            from idaho

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36W Tube Guitar Head:

              I use the grandmeister 36 as a basement studio amp. It is everything I've ever wanted in an amp. The red box out is the real deal, I was skeptical as to wether it would be any good as I've had many amps with direct outs in the past and all were worthless for me. I send the red box into a focusrite itrack solo plugged into an ipad and the result is every bit as good as if I'd mic'd the tm112 cab. Better in my case as my room is less than ideal acoustically speaking. Being able to watt it down to 0 allows me to hear nothing but the signal through my headphones, no bleed thru like when I mic a cab. I hate hearing the sound from the cab and the signal in when recording and then being disappointed because the playback doesn't sound the same. I'm not aware of any other amp that can offer me those two things therefore I have no other amps to choose from in my opinion. ... with that said, it's a good thing that I also love the sounds produced by this amp. Very nice cleans and very good high gain tone which I use for lead. I generally play soft rock. The last I made had a very nice pink floyd crossed with pearl jam vib with the lead guitar track. This amp can cover Alot of ground as far as tone is concerned. Good with both single coil and humbucker stuff. To cap it all off there's a built in noise gate along with reverb, delay, and choice of one of four fx. Presence and resanence controls are awesome. My only complaint is that it's made in china, and hughes and kettner won't warranty to the US. I'd Pay Twice This Price For one made in the US warrantied in the US.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Hughes & Kettner Hit a Home-Run with This One!

              By Mr. Bone-Crusher

              from San Antonio, TX.

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36W Tube Guitar Head:

                All I can say is WOW! The Hughes & Kettner Grandmeister 36 is a 4-channel masterpiece of an amp head. It's not the least expensive one on the market, but I'll challenge you to find one that sounds as good as this one and has the features it has. All of its built-in effects are highly usable, and the noise gate works beautifully! It does take a little while to figure out how to maneuver around it's capabilities, but once you've overcome the learning curve it's a breeze to operate. The range of tones coming out of it are extraordinary. The cleans are warm and well...clean! And it's capable on Angus Young like crunch all the way up to 80's type metal mayhem. I wouldn't say it can do modern metal on its own, but it's very, very close. I've found that I don't really need to run an OD in front with this amp. I've paired it up with a mini-stack of H&K 112 cabinets with Vintage 30's. This little rig is stage worthy! Do yourself a favor and grab a Grandmeister 36.

                (7 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                You know what? Dont buy this thing ...

                By Franklinbean

                from Georgia

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36W Tube Guitar Head:

                    I will begin by saying this amp sounds wonderful. It has four amp "parameters": clean, crunch lead and ultra that all sound great, but the amp has no separate channels per se. Rather, it has endless electronic presets. It has decent built in effects, a noise gate, direct box and power soak, so this thing is loaded with features. It is loud enough for any practical use.

                    Now the other side. Other than an analogue pot for master volume, the amp controls are all complex electronic circuits that act like pots. These knobs only serve to set the parameters for your presets. But they are not mechanized as on the old Cyber-Twins. So when you change presets your settings on the previous preset are memorized internally. When you adjust parameters on the next preset then return to the previous preset, the knobs no longer indicate the settings on the channel that you just returned to. (Unless you search each individual pot for a blinking blue light). This means that to use this amp effectively, you MUST preprogram channel presets.

                    So given the way this thing operates, forget tweaking these controls mid-use. For that, you MUST have an iPad that will indicate the proper position of all the controls on each preset. It gets worse. The manufacturer makes no effort whatsoever to support iPad connectivity. No instructions either in the manual or online. You are on your own. That may not be a problem if you have a newer iPad with a lightning connector. But with the older 30 pin connector, it will take you a week to find it if you are extremely lucky. H&K recommends the IK Multimedia connectors, but IK no longer sells these. I found an old returned one at a local music store.

                    Additionally, in my contacts with H&K about connectivity, I left feeling as though their response was: this is simple, are you mentally challenged? In other words, they couldn't care less.

                    Take my advise, it you just want the great sound of this amp and want it to be useful for anything other than playing around with in your bedroom, buy the Tube Meister for much less. Don't waste your money on this thing.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Modeling with real tubes!

                    By Robert

                    from Denver, CO

                    Site Member

                    Comments about Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36W Tube Guitar Head:

                    I've modeled for years, but now I'm in a two guitar band, and modelers don't stand up well against a tube amp. Since I wanted light weight, I first tried the Carvin V3m - meh, to modern sounding, couldn't get a good 70s tone. The GM36 is fantastic. Four uniquely voice channels give you four starting points. Tweak the tone you want, and save it in one of 128 memory slots that are MIDI Program Control mapped. It's like modeling with real tubes! I can get clean plexi, dimed non-master, 800, 900, and even a nice very close Sol-like tone. My band approved! On my second gig with the band, the other guitarist spent a lot of the gig tweaking his Mark V that he's had for years, he didn't seem to be happy with his tone ;-) Also included is a built-in reverb, delay, and one effects processor that does chorus or trem or etc. While not the most flexible compared to say a Line6 HD500, those effects are very usable. I no longer use "4 cable method" and just use my HD for input effects and midi control (which the HD does by default). The GM has a very good built in noise gate, that is dual-stage in the amp. All settings except Master volume are midi controllable - perfect. I had never used midi before - it was easy. Another great feature is the self-bias and output tube monitoring. It can even bypass an output tube for some failure modes - a gig saver. And with tube monitoring it does a visual self test of the output tubes, so you can get a heads-up about when to replace. I don't do metal, but there is a youtube vid of Annihilator playing Hellfest with this amp! Yup. Dude, I have never been this happy with an amp.

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