The Hughes & Kettner Dual EL84 is the right guitar combo amp for you if you want uncompromising tone at moderate, club-approved volume. The STM combo delivers all the fundamentals in a remarkably por... Click To Read More About This Product
The Hughes & Kettner Dual EL84 is the right guitar combo amp for you if you want uncompromising tone at moderate, club-approved volume. The STM combo delivers all the fundamentals in a remarkably portable amplifier package.
Beauty and the Beast
Sinfully sweet American clean with a touch of hillbilly twang and rough-and-ready British rock in all its raging glory in one amp? They said it couldn't be done; the sonic divide was simply too wide. They said if you want both worlds of tone and are unwilling to settle for less, you would have to take 2 amps to the stage. They said the warm airy tone of an open back combo and the fat, focused power of a 4 x 12 rock rig were incompatible. And they said this wish, long harbored by players seeking a more versatile rig, would forever remain unfulfilled.
German Attention To Detail
What makes the various breeds of vintage amps shine is the trademark tone produced by a particular design. Hughes & Kettner set out to conjure the sonic magic of gratifying tone, albeit in versatile amps. For 25 years, Hughes & Kettner engineers have made it their mission to decode the DNA of the most diverse guitar sounds, analyzing everything from input jacks to the architecture of housings. Armed with this insight, inspired by tradition, and driven by the desire to create something fresh and exciting for forward-looking players, they turned up a string of celebrated sound-sculpting implements, including the TubeTools line and the TriAmp. Now all the knowledge gathered along the way birthed an unprecedented amp design. At its heart is circuitry that stretches the boundaries of tube technology: Switching from Clean to Drive restructures the preamp circuits completely. What's more, current feedback is also switched, tailoring the power amp's characteristics to suit the given preamp channel. The Statesman's housing translates this revolutionary tube technology into sound pressure. It's a classic case of applied physics culminating in art: This housing, in combination with the Eminence speaker custom-designed for the Statesman, delivers both authentic combo and stack tone.
By employing cutting-edge engineering and wedding it to classic tube craft to create today's most advanced classic amp design, Statesman stands as a testament to Hughes & Kettner's Technology of Tone.
Total Tonal Freedom!
The elegant Statesman's many custom features make it a boutique instrument. Dedicated Reverb Balance knobs match the built-in Accutronics reverb to each channel. A push of the Clean channel Twang button takes you from the sound that sparked the British Invasion to star-spangled California clean. The Drive channel's Boost button sweeps from the throaty rasp of the early rock 'n' roll years to the raging rock of the high-octaneâ '80s and beyond. The EL34 head and 6L6 combo's Drive channel even offers a second, separately adjustable Master. A simple twist of the wrist is all it takes to push your leads up front and center! Classic sound paired with modern-day versatility - this symbiosis is what makes the Statesman such a class act. Discover Statesman and discover what it means to make chicken-skin music!
This amp is your palette; plug in and paint bold, beautiful sonic images. Every tonal hue from crisp, crystal-clear clean to foot-stompin' twang, and from smoky blues to blazing rock, is at your fingertips! Every nuance of every stroke is yours to control intuitively with your guitar, style, and personality. Whatever rig you prefer - Combo, 6L6, EL84, or EL34 power amp - a galaxy of great guitar tones awaits in the Statesman.
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I was, like many these days, looking at a new tube amp that i can use to record with, rehearse with, and most importantly - gig with. This amp does all of these things beautifully. The biggest question people seem to have when shopping these combos is, "Is it loud enough to gig with or practice with?". The answer is a very easy yes. I play blues rock jammy kind of stuff and some heavier progressive stuff as well and this thing is sooo loud for a 20 watter. The speaker is really great and the build quality blows all other amps in this category away. I tried a 65 Reverb, a Vox AC30, Orange Dual Terror, etc...and this thing is the best. The best. I like the weight, I like the look, and most importantly, I love the tone. Also...kudos to Hughes and Kettner for making a footswitch that actually has some nice length to it and works perfectly. You can use is for the obvious channels or boost or use it for the wonderful FX loop and the truly amazing sounding reverb. Which reminds me, I saw a lot of reviews trashing the reverb on this amp and I honestly don't know why...I think it kills the old Fender spring reverbs...it's a different kind of reverb...more subtle, but with more of a natural feel then the traditional reverbs. Outstanding amp. Get it.