The Hughes & Kettner Satesman Series STM Quad EL84 is a tube guitar combo amp that moves some serious air. Kicking like a mule with its 40W thump, the STM Quad EL84 is a beast that is sure to keep eve... Read More
The Hughes & Kettner Satesman Series STM Quad EL84 is a tube guitar combo amp that moves some serious air. Kicking like a mule with its 40W thump, the STM Quad EL84 is a beast that is sure to keep every rhythm section at a respectful distance.
Beauty and the Beast
Sinfully sweet American clean with a touch of hillbilly twang? Oh, yes. Rough-and-ready British rock in all its raging glory? Oh, yes. In one amp? Oh, no. 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 two 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 âbeauty and the beast, never to be caged together. 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 got this amp from GC about 4 months ago. I got it price matched for much cheaper than GC sells it. After being on backorder forever it finally came in. This thing can crank it out. Contrary to most of the reviews on youtube, you can get a beastly crunch from this. As one would expect, the cleans are staggering. It has everything you would expect from a tube amp, and it's not too heavy. It's 54lbs so it wont break your back. I am a gigging musician and the difference I hear from this amp and from my old amp is astounding. I've been using the mediocre Fender Frontman 212 for about a year. The frontman does what it needs to do but it doesn't have much character. It's not something I really noticed until I put it next to the statesman. The statesman has so much more personality under those three EQ knobs than anything I've ever heard. Every turn of the knob gives you an entirely different voice from the amp and brings out different quirks of the guitar. With my old amp I would run a Boss-GT6 in front of the amp and get a good tone but with this I can run straight into the amp and get tone so superior it's like Optimus Prime came from the heavens and handwired the H&K himself. The only problems I have with the amp are pretty minor. At higher volumes you get a pretty heavy hum if you're using the drive channel. The reverb tank is good sounding (very subtle) until you turn it all the way up. When you max the reverb out and play for about 4 minutes (this could also be partially my semi-hollow guitars fault) you get a hum from the feedback. The hum can get pretty loud. Simple solution is turn the reverb up no more than 3:00. The biggest problem is that the drive channel has no EQ and when using humbuckers can get too muddy. I've found two fixes for this. If you're playing classic rock, or rock in general, just dial in a good tone for your drive and the clean will still sound pretty good because it's hard to get a bad clean tone from this amp. The best solution for me has been to put a tubescreamer between the guitar and the amp. I just use the ts-9. What this does is give you, effectively, two stacking drive channels. Because of the way I use the TS-9 when I the drive channel on the amp retains some sparkle and clarity which it would otherwise loose. Just keep the TS subtle and it will define your drive like a charm. It's a thing of beauty, really. Overall though, I'm crazy impressed with this amp. It's got a bite that you wouldn't expect from such a clean machine but it can sing and sparkle with some of the best fenders I've played. Great stuff
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