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Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head  

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For the TubeMeister 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head, Mr. Hughes and Herr Kettner packed all their know-how and over a quarter of a century˜s passion for tube amps into a remarkably compact chassis. Thanks to... Click To Read More About This Product

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For the TubeMeister 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head, Mr. Hughes and Herr Kettner packed all their know-how and over a quarter of a century˜s passion for tube amps into a remarkably compact chassis. Thanks to German engineering, it can go from a roar to a whisper, shaking the boards on stage, tingling spines in the studio, and raising goose-bumps in the still of night - even during silent recording.

Serving up three different sounds at the touch of a footswitch, the soulful Tube-Meister 18 is the go-to guitar amp for gigging. Its four-step power soak brings the sound of the big stage into small clubs and your own four walls. And courtesy of the built-in Red Box and silent recording capability, you can lay down pro-quality tracks at any time day or night.

Features
  • Warm tube tone with phenomenal dynamic range that sweeps from sparkling clean to throaty crunch
  • Harmonically rich tube distortion and the gain reserves to go from edgy overdrive to soaring lead sounds
  • Re-voices LEAD to summon modern high-gain sound that pairs plenty of punch with endless sustain
  • Passive voicing section tweaked to evoke the best frequency response out of each channel
  • Preamp section sporting two 12AX7 tubes
  • Push-pull power amp that pumps out stage-approved 18 watts
  • Oversized transformers with tons of headroom
  • TSC-protected power amp featuring auto-bias and status LED
  • Footswitch connection enabling remote channel switching and BOOST actuation
  • Serial FX loop for adding effects-flavored spice to the sonic stew
  • Quad-stage power soak with silent recording capability
  • Balanced RED BOX OUT with authentic speaker emulation
Specifications
  • Channels: 2
    Power: 18 watts
    Footswitch/Stageboard: FS-2 optional
    Protective Cover: Softbag included
    Dimensions: 356mm x 156mm x 150mm
    Weight: 5kg
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One year warranty on solid state amps. 2 year warranty on tube amps.


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Hughes & KettnerTubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.9

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp -- (Jerry Garcia Tone in there)

By Brett

from Stockton, CA

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Great clean channel
  • Portable
  • Power soak function (1-5-18 watts)

Cons

  • No on-board reverb

Best Uses

  • Home jamming
  • Performances

Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This amp both looks and sounds great. I play a lot of Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead music and occasionally gig so I normally use the clean channel with the gain rolled up. I have this paired with a JBL E-120 in a custom Baltic birch 1x12 cab. Really does a good job of getting into the Jerry Zone (Jerry used modified Fender Twin preamps with McIntosh power amps connected to E-120s for much of his career). The power soak function is really useful: 1 watt at home is plenty loud; 18 watts for gigging in bars is great. I have yet to mic through the PA or use the redbox DI function. The size, weight, and bag make the head highly portable -- which is helpful if you know how heavy an E-120 is! The only marks against the amp from me would be the lack of on-board reverb and the difference in volume between the clean and gain channel. The first problem I solved with a TC Electronics Hall of Fame mini reverb which works well. If you need reverb, factor the cost of a reverb pedal into the purchase price. As for volume discrepancy between channels, it's not really a problem, just a fact to consider. Even when just practicing the full 18 watts is desired to keep up with bass and drums to keep relatively clean tones. As a bonus, the blue led/plexi front just looks cool. I get many compliments whenever out in public with the amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

tubemeister

By bill

from suring wi.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    great clean tones and plenty of crunch for metal

     
    5.0

    Amazing Amp!

    By TheDanMan

    from Southern California

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I discovered this amp at my local Guitar Center when I was in high school about 6 years ago and me and my friends would all argue over who would get the amp head even though none of us could afford it. Out of all the amps that GC had in the closed off practice room with all the high end amps, the HK always kept me coming back. It had such a modern high gain overdrive with a lead boost that made it one of my favorite amp distortions I've ever played, and yet retained such a beautifully warm clean channel. I've had it for a few months now and I love every chance I get to play it. It performs so well live, with it's built in cab sim DI that allows me to make the sound man happy, while still running my Marshall cab for my monitor. The power soak option makes it one of the most practical all tube amps, as it can run at 1, 5, and 18 watts. Overall it's been one of the best gear purchases I have ever made.

       
      5.0

      Love the amp, but LOUSY service from GC!!!

      By Disappointed with GC North Houston Store

      from Houston

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Excellent tone
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Value for money

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        This amp can cover a wide variety of musical tastes and tones. With the power soak feature, it can easily be turned down from 18W (ideal for small clubs or bars) to 5W and even down to 1W for rocking out at home. I love the versatility, and for an amp of it's size the features are fantastic! Equipped wit an effects loop and 2 channels, the only thing missing is a reverb function. All in all, excellent bang for the buck and definitely worth while when paired with the matching H&K 1x12 speaker. Tonal bliss!!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Be like Alex Lifeson - well almost

        By DAVID

        from Atlanta Ga

        Site Member

        Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        The Tubmeister 18 is a little wonder. It has all the bells and whistles except for reverb; not a problem with a great FX loop in back. I play at small studio levels on the 5 watt setting which sounds great. The clean channel is very nice, but don't expect fender like. Crunch channel is perfect for blues and classic rock. Boost channel launches you into whatever hard metal you want to play. I turn (down) the treble and 3 o'clock my mids and bass, this takes out the fizziness in the crunch setting and boost. It sounds great matched with a 1x12 with vintage 30s. I recommend any footswitch so you have hands free operation. This amp will play all styles and is very versatile. The lady's like the cool blue light. :)

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing amp!

        By Matt

        from Port Washington, NY

        Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        This is by far my favorite music purchase ever. Just for some background: I've been playing 32 years and have played for 13 years in a gigging power trio. My other amps include a late 70s Fender Champ, Marshall Vintage Modern 50 watt combo, and a '65 Fender Twin Reissue. My primary guitar is a 1958 Tom Murphy-aged Gibson Les Paul reissue and I also have 2 Fender American Standard strats, a Gibson SG Standard, and a few other guitars. Like a lot of others I've always loved the sound of low wattage amps. My Fender Champ is phenomenal with a tubescreamer, Rat, Fulltone OCD, etc. in front of it. Practically, however, I play in a rock band with a very heavy-handed drummer (Bonham-style) and most of the venues we play have indifferent soundmen and stage sound isn't that reliable. I thought 18 watts would be too little but the H&K Tubemeister 18 is very loud and can absolutely hold it's own. This is one amazing sounding amplifier with excellent clean sounds, a terrific distortion channel, and a great boost for soloing. One of the advantages to the lower wattage is it fills a smaller stage space perfectly: my guitar is not too loud but very articulate. You can hear subleties such as your guitar tone controls and different pick up combinations better than a 50 or 100 watt amp. Generally I use a VHT Pittbull 50 CL head at our rehearsal studio but I've found that the Tubemeister is much more useable. The clean sound is great but if you're looking for a lot of headroom (jazz, country, etc) be aware the amp breaks up at around 12 noon on the gain. This is probably not the amp for that kind of application. For everything else, this is just a fantastic all around amp. I've bought tons of equipment over the years but this is my favorite purchase. It seems to be solidly built and at 11 lbs, it's a game changer as far as gigging. For anyone who thinks that an 18 watt amp is not loud enough to compete with a live band, I would suggest giving this a shot. Believe me, I'm pretty sure my drummer is louder and heavier than yours so I was skeptical...now I'm a believer.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        My first tube amp

        By Robert Sterling

        from Mount Pleasant, SC

        Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I have only been playing guitar for 7 years and consider myself still a beginner. I work a full time job and if I am lucky, get 1 hour of practice in a day. Since I focus on classic rock, I wanted that tone from the 60's and 70's. I wanted a Marshall amp all my life. I finally get into the position to buy whatever I want and what did I buy? A H&K TubeMeister 18! I had decided months ago that my first tube amp would be a Marshall DSL15H and a 2x12 cabinet. However, when it came time to actually make the purchase, I had to make an honest comparison between the DSL15H and the TubeMeister 18. Once I knew I could get the same (or better) classic rock tone with the H&K as with the Marshall and then consider the extras that H&K has that the Marshall did not, my choice was pretty easy. I practice in a very small room in my house, so a giant stack was out of the question. I am running this amp through the H&K 2x12 cabinet and I have MORE THAN ENOUGH power to deal with. This amp is so versatile, you can make it sound just about anyway you want. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because it is made in China. I was hoping it would be German-made and not just German designed.

         
        5.0

        Perfect glassy clean

        By Dennis Breitkreutz

        from Chesapeake Virginia

        Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        This amp has the most pure, glassy, clean sound I've heard from an amp. I've been playing guitar for about 15 years, so I have a little experience. I am not biased to any brand, or style of music, because I love it all. (as long as it is real music) but this amp has the perfect sound to be the whole base to any guitarist's rig. The clean sound and responsive eq allows you to play anything you want. You can hear every single note with brilliant definition, allowing you be, and sound, the best you can. And you may be thinking, what about distortion? Oh it has great crunchy modern distortion, but I mostly like to use my ibanez tube screamer or proco rat for classic vintage distortion. This amp takes any pedal you want unbelievably well. It's like they made effect pedals to work with this amp. I love my tubemeister so much. I use it for Christian worship mostly, but i play anything I can hear or get music to, so from personal experience, this amp will handle anything.

         
        5.0

        AWESOME AMP!!!

        By Kyle Showalter

        from Chicago, IL

        Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I was a little sceptical at first when I purchased this head that it wouldn't be able to keep up with my band, especially on the clean channel. This thing is LOUD. I have no problems at all with volume. When my band plays large venues it has no problem with volume. The tone is great from this amp. It does get a little noisey with the gain fully cranked but the Boss noise suppressor got rid of the hum. Great amp.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Give this one a try! Just don't use with a G12T-75 speaker

        By Michael Roe

        from Dayton, OH

        Comments about Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister TM18H 18W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I have had this amp now for about 6 months. I first got it to downsize my rig( a Marshall JMP-1, DSL 100, and JCM 900 1960B cab). At the time if Marshall would have sold the DSL 15 head with an FX loop, I most likey would not have even tried this head out. I just tried this out on a whim at the local GC. At first glance it seemed pretty cool with two channels and a boost plus the all important FX loop. I was shocked how cool the blue lights were and , to be honest, that definitely helped on me liking this amp. I have had many of the low wattage amps in the past(Epi Valve JR-stock and modded, Blackstar, Jet City, etc). I just never seemed to find one that I liked. The main reason for that was the power amp stages of most of these heads use EL84 tubes which I haven't been a fan of. Years ago I even had a Mesa DC-3 and it too had EL84's in it and it plagued from the same old tone of all these EL84 amps- Flabby bottom end! So, back to the tubemeister! My first impression was, wow, much better bottom end then any other EL84 based amp. It was still their somewhat but I thought well maybe I can work with it. After getting it home and really trying it out, i paired it with my JCM 900 1960B. I was quite surprised how loud this was in 18 watt mode. It definitely could do the job in a live band situaution. After the short honeymoon stage, this amp never grew on me and I disliked the tone more and more. Not only was the typical EL84 tone annoying me but it just sounded harsh and brittle. I let the amp sit for months and even tried to sell it with no luck. Then recently I got called to duty for a project and the other guitar player only had a Marshall class 5 amp. So, I thought, oh well, the H & K would mix with his tone ok. I since sold my 4x12 so I went to GC and picked up a Egnater tweaker 1x12 with a G12H30. After pairing the Tubemeister up with this cab I was blown away how good this little monster could sound. With that tweaker cab this amp sounds soooooo much better. It lost the harshness and brittleness and the flabby bottom end was just about gone. Our first jam session was awesome. The next week we hooked up I brought a BBE Sonic Maximizer and put it in the loop. I am now in love with this monster of an amp. This little puppy now kicks some major mojo. I love the Celestion G12T-75 speakers with EL34 amps but with the Tubemeister it kills the tone. H & K should put a disclaimer sticker on the amp that reads, "Caution if you want this amp to sound good, Do Not Use A Celestion G12T-75 Equipped Speaker Cab". Oh, and BTW, the Marshall Class 5 with a TC electronic Nova Drive is an awesome pairing as well. The other guitar player had a bunch of different pedals trying to find the right one for his C5 and I loaned him my Nova Drive and I don't think I am going to get it back! Oh yeah, the Tubemeister doesn't need any pedals in front. As a matter of fact the clean sounds are so good that I don't use any effects with it. It has a very warm, swirly, creamy clean tone that is just beautiful(keep in mind I don't care for Findurh or meeesa clean tones). There is sooo much gain on tap with this head that if you need to drive it with extra, you might want to learn how to play first. I am definitely eyeballing the Tubemeister 36 watter for future investment. Not because this isn't loud enough, but just for the added flexibility.

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