The Switchblade 100 combo has four channels that put the full arsenal of classic tones at your fingertips, from spine-tingling clean and crunch to singing lead and crushing, saturated sound. It seamle... Read More
The Switchblade 100 combo has four channels that put the full arsenal of classic tones at your fingertips, from spine-tingling clean and crunch to singing lead and crushing, saturated sound. It seamlessly integrates all-tube preamp and power sections with full programmability, digital FX, and a professional switching system that gives you easy access to the 128 preset slots. 100 watts of power are pumped through 2 - 12" Eminence Rockdriver 60 speakers.
The included FSM 432 MIDI footswitch allows instant switching between presets. Onboard digital effects including reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, and tremolo.
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This is just a great versatile amp. It has everything, and makes you think "why don't other amps have this?". It's highly responsive. The clean channel has plenty of headroom and can be gained up to create awesome bluesy tones. The lead and ultra channels are super creamy. The effects are decent, but if you have a finely tuned pedalboard or rack effects you probably won't use them. The serial effects loop works as it should. The MIDI implementation is simple, flexible, and reliable. The range of tones from the four channels is very impressive. It's German engineered, and, like an Audi, is capable, well thought out, and underrated. In short, if you are looking for a great amp, get this. If your are just looking for a name, go get a Marshall and get half the amp for twice the price.
I just got this amp used from a friend that need some cash. I really not into combos, but this thing is a monster brutal tones. I have not heard anything that comes close to this tone.
i've had this amp for a couple of months now, playing everyday, and i believe that i have not scratched the surface in its 4 channels and the parameters that you can set for each one. the on board effects are ok, i'm certainly not going to rid of my rack effects system anytime soon. it uses spring reverb, which isn't my favorite type, so i just dial it off. the delay works fine, but the chorus doesn't come close to my lexicon mx400's chorus, but that goes without saying. this amp is very loud but relatively quiet. gain control is nice because you can dial it up even on the clean channel to fatten up your sound. this amp is just so flexible, programmable, clean, fat, warm, everything you want from a combo amp. look no further, it makes you want to play, all the time. nice, thats h&k.
The word I've generally heard associated with Hughes & Kettner amps is "clean." As much as anything they're known for clean sound. But to me a clean sound would be a Gretch Jumbo electric "jazzbox" pushed through a Fender amp with neither distortion nor effects. I believe the H & K "clean" refers to its crispness. The sound itself is edgy howling and as good as any amp you can name. Another word I associate with these amps is underrated. I played the switchblade 100 then similarly priced Marshall, Fender, and Vox amps and guess what? The switchblade pulled out a switchblade (figuratively of course) and then cut them to pieces in terms of clearity, power, tone, and ease of operation. The H & K's other channels and the effects were similarly impressive. Buy this.
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