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Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II Tube Amp Head  

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Tight, punchy output is produced by 4 - EL34s that feed 3 dual-channel modes. Amp 1 gives you vintage California clean, Amp 2 cranks out classic rock tones, and Amp 3 delivers tons of high gain and ov... Click To Read More About This Product

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Tight, punchy output is produced by 4 - EL34s that feed 3 dual-channel modes. Amp 1 gives you vintage California clean, Amp 2 cranks out classic rock tones, and Amp 3 delivers tons of high gain and overtones. They're all switchable with the included stageboard. With 100W output and a switchable parallel/serial effects loop that's MIDI controllable, this is a totally pro tone machine that'll give you an incredible range of tone for live and studio dates.

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  • 100W produced by 4 - EL34s
  • 3 dual-channel modes
  • Amp 1 gives you vintage California clean
  • Amp 2 cranks out classic rock tones
  • Amp 3 delivers tons of high gain and overtones
  • All channels switchable with the included stageboard
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Hughes & KettnerTriAmp MK II Tube Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 21 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

WOW

I bought this amp (sight unseeing, I'm afraid to admit) as an upgrade to my Marshall JCM2000 TSL100 head because I ran into an incredible deal that I just couldn't pass up with...Read complete review

I bought this amp (sight unseeing, I'm afraid to admit) as an upgrade to my Marshall JCM2000 TSL100 head because I ran into an incredible deal that I just couldn't pass up with what I've heard about this amp. I turned all the knobs to 5 to start, and even without EQ adjustments, the tone was heavenly with my PRS. The first thing I noticed was how much more "full" of a sound I got than with the TSL, even everything at straight 5 settings. The versatility is fantastic, with two switchable gain controls on each of the three channels for six total settings (plus FX loop). Amp 1 varies from shimmering Fender-esque cleans to a smooth overdriven vintage Vox or Marshall tone. Amp 2 pumps out classic mid-gain tone reminiscent of a Marshall or Orange. Amp 2 seems to get the most mixed reviews from users, but I think it offers great options. Amp 3 just sounds MEAN. It's the Mesa Boogie that I could never dial in to my liking. Smooth and full with rich harmonics and a pounding low end. I haven't had a need to use the Red Box direct out or the MIDI features yet, but the versatility and the stellar tones from this unit have already far exceeded my expectations and certainly made me an H&K convert. If you can justify the price tag, you're going to love what you hear.

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There are better amps out there for the money

I owned a Triamp for about a year and a half. After six months, it started giving me problems, first the tubes then the footswitch. You can't just buy a footswitch, they...Read complete review

I owned a Triamp for about a year and a half. After six months, it started giving me problems, first the tubes then the footswitch. You can't just buy a footswitch, they have to be special ordered - and they're not cheap! I finally sold it and bought a Bogner XTC Classic, much better amp for a bit more money, but hey, if you can't depend on it, it's not worth the hassle and expense.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!

By mackenzie glowartz

from cottage grove mn

Comments about Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II Tube Amp Head:

I went to GC to look for a new amp head. i tried out a few different ones until i found this thing. Its amazing. crank up the gain you get great metal tones. The clean is bright and crystal clear. you can play any genre with this head. i had it hooked up with a peavy valveking 4x12 cab and it was amazing!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Swiss Army Knife of Amps!

By Michael Lyons

from Jupiter, FL

Comments about Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II Tube Amp Head:

I've played a TriAmp MK II for about 8 years. It has it all, Sparkling cleans, Fat crunch sounds, and searing distortion channels. With 6(!) channels to choose from, it has flexibility that no other all-tube amp can match. I've toured the world with it, and it's still going strong. The only issues I've ever had with it are with the lights. The little bulbs in there are FRAGILE! Overall, I am %99 happy. I do sometimes wish it had a true solo boost and reverb, but hey, with all the amazing tones in it, who cares?!

 
4.0

BEST AMP EVER!

By Robert Chartrand

from North East

Comments about Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II Tube Amp Head:

The bottom line is the tone you will get out of this amp will blow you away. It's a must have if you're a tone freak, or need several amp options at the click of a foot switch playing live.
You essentially have 6 amps, as there are 3 amps with two flavors each. It's the most versitile amplifier I have ever used. It is midi capable, built in DI with Red Box, and an excellent effects loop. The cord for the foot switch is actually long enough to set up at a professional gig and not have to stand 6 feet from your amp because the cord is too short.
Well, it took me three heads until I got one that worked. Very odd. And then when I finally got the third one in that worked,, after my 2nd gig, one of the clean channels went dead. It got fixed under warranty, and the issue was a bad solder joint. The amp has gigged several times since then and has been solid. Not sure of the reason for the quality issues, but I put up with it because the amp sounds SO GOOD!!!
This amp is not cheap, and compared to its competitors (3+ channel marshalls and Mesa's), it's still a premium over those amps. I believe the sound and the tone are superior to those amps, but based on the quality issues I had, I can't rate the value too highly.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By Marc

from Minneapolis, MN

Comments about Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II Tube Amp Head:

I bought this amp (sight unseeing, I'm afraid to admit) as an upgrade to my Marshall JCM2000 TSL100 head because I ran into an incredible deal that I just couldn't pass up with what I've heard about this amp. I turned all the knobs to 5 to start, and even without EQ adjustments, the tone was heavenly with my PRS. The first thing I noticed was how much more "full" of a sound I got than with the TSL, even everything at straight 5 settings. The versatility is fantastic, with two switchable gain controls on each of the three channels for six total settings (plus FX loop). Amp 1 varies from shimmering Fender-esque cleans to a smooth overdriven vintage Vox or Marshall tone. Amp 2 pumps out classic mid-gain tone reminiscent of a Marshall or Orange. Amp 2 seems to get the most mixed reviews from users, but I think it offers great options. Amp 3 just sounds MEAN. It's the Mesa Boogie that I could never dial in to my liking. Smooth and full with rich harmonics and a pounding low end. I haven't had a need to use the Red Box direct out or the MIDI features yet, but the versatility and the stellar tones from this unit have already far exceeded my expectations and certainly made me an H&K convert. If you can justify the price tag, you're going to love what you hear.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

German Engineering @ It's Best

By Magoon67

from St. Johnsbury, VT

Comments about Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II Tube Amp Head:

Alright, this isn't the first review I've put on this amp. There's not really much I can say to justify how great this amp really is. Having a good knowledge about H&K, how they work and how EQ's effect a tube amp will really help you figure out your tone or what your looking for. I notice sometimes when I play it. I can't get enough High end when I need it because turning up the treble and presence to much will make the tone harsh and thin. Well, that depends on about 80% on the room you're in. Size, material, what's in the room, and positioning of the amp in the room compared to everyone else is EXTREMELY important. especially when you've just spent a lot of money on your new amp head. Taking an external EQ and cutting the ultra high freq. will help out the high end in a padded room when you have the treble and presence knobs up. It will help smooth the tone out. Be careful though. Those ultra high frequencies above 10khz will add some unwanted crunch to your tone. A guitar's frequency curve is mostly midrange anyways. A big frown in the EQ if you will.The clean channel is more than I could ask for. It is so honest. I think it has a nice sustain to it. I also own a Mesa Dual Rectifier and it doesn't seem to have as good compression as the triamp, as much as I like the Mesa. Channel 1B is a channel I don't use too often. I find the crunch on it is smoother when the amp's master is cranked. All the channels seem to be more sonically even when the master is high.2A and 2B are the crunch channels. I pretty much do all of my guitar work on 2A, leads and rhythms. They are honest and true and reflect the characters of every guitar I've played on it. I have no problems adjusting 2A and 2B to mix well together. 2B is more of a blues rock channel or If i need a less aggressive tone. It's a very nice and detailed sound, 2B. With the neck pick-up that is. It's very thick. It had a weird character that I can't really describe. Light and thick if that makes sense.3A and 3B are all there in tone as well. 3A has a nice mid ranged british sound where 3B has a good upper mid American modern sound. both of these channels are great for just about anything heavy.I love to record with this amp as well. It has a lot of potential. I don't particularly love the DI output though. It needs to be mixed with a mic signal or another direct source. I hate to mic amps. I think if your not careful you can loose a lot of the amp's character. I mix the Redbox out with a Palmer PDI-03. Amazing sounds.Check this amp out if you get the chance. Don't forget that amps like this are made for guitars of high quality. You should have a guitar that is really good to go along with this amp and your all set.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Own a MK I played MK II's

By RickPlayerSC

from SC

Comments about Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II Tube Amp Head:

I'm an old H&K fan and I own an original Triamp but have played one of the newer models. The triamp will not disappoint. I use mine specifically for recording purposes because the direct out on these amps is ridiculously convenient and sounds amazing. Amp 2 has always been a subject for debate for likes/ dislikes with the triamp. There is so much tone in the amp 2, I'm finally starting to understand it, and I use it more than amp 3 for dirty. Both channels are distinct and completely different in my opinion. Live it is hard to use both channels in succession without a knob turn. I have used it live, but honestly it is a pain to tweak, the newer model is more stable in tone, but a studio environment is where this thing?s tone really shines. The eq does lack a touch and I do like using a boss eq to brighten it a touch or to make it extra chunky and smooth. With the boss 6 band, I haven't found a better sound. Live I like to switch between multiple amps anyway to keep tone from breaking up or to go from a jazz style clean to mud. Live I use Fender and Marshall or a couple Boogies.

 
5.0

Great tone!

By PRS+H&K=win

from Houston

Comments about Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II Tube Amp Head:

I had seen a lot of bands playing with H&K amps over the years so I decided to look into them. Let me tell you when I plug my PRS into this thing it sings. It had beautiful tone, very rich and lots of balls. Each channel had so much character. There was enough gain to play most any metal and it's clean was pristine and clear. The only reason this amp gets 4.5 for features is because there are no effects but there are many features such as the built in red box which are great. One of my favorite amps, if not my favorite. Amazing tone..H&K continues to impress me.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect

By Elauruh

from New Jersey

Comments about Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II Tube Amp Head:

I play guitar in a rock band. Some of our stuff is a bit on the heavier side so I require a tone that is very thick, very tight, and very clear.

 
5.0

No.1 Amp

By rexatin

from Turkey

Comments about Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II Tube Amp Head:

It's a very good amp and has a unique sound. It reflects the characteristic of the guitar brilliantly. You can plug in an LP and get the 80's hard rock sound or a guitar with louder pickups to get more aggressive metal tones. Worth the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Last amp you'll ever need

By who cares...

from New Jersey

Comments about Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II Tube Amp Head:

After owning a duotone combo I decided to work up to get a head. I tried Marshalls but they are simply way to muddy and to overpriced for what they are really worth. I tried Line 6's, but I want real tone not computer generated garbage. I was about to settle on a Randall when I saw the H&K. I hooked my Moser Bastard V up to it and turned it on. I was impressed. Although there are three channels, it's more like six because each one is split. There is one for classic rock, there is one for British rock, and there is one for metal of all kinds. The clean tone is phenominal, and I didn't even need to change the tubes that were with it. I've dropped this thing out of a car, knocked it over and it still plays like I just got it out of the box. If you are fed up with the muddy sound of tube amps *cough* Marshalls *cough* then get this thing. It complements both guitars I have, be it my 50s Strat or my Bast*** V it's perfect for everything. It's truly is the last amp one will ever need.

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