Amazing TubeMeister versatility with limited-edition vintage Russian EL84s.
This limited-edition 30th-anniversary Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36W head packs all the phenomenal range and clarity of the TubeMeister circuitry, and now includes a secret weapon: vintage Russian military-grade EL84 tubes that deliver higher output than standard versions found elsewhere. The Sovtek tubes were unearthed after being in storage for more than 30 years, and now theyre ready to take your tone to the next level in an already-awesome amp.
Manufactured in the legendary Saratov factories, the tubes comply with military-grade specifications for the aircraft industry (highest reliability, strictest tolerances), built to last for a lifetime with a consistent quality and power. They deliver noticeable more output than standard EL84s, what results in more headroom for clean tones and even more punch for overdrive sounds.
And, these highly collectable models also feature a special 30th-anniversary logo on the faceplate to set them apart visually, too.
The Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36W head offers independent gain and master knobs, as well as switchable FX Loop. In addition, Mr. Hughes and Mr. Kettner built in a MIDI system to access the three channels, FX loop and onboard reverb. It can even select the power stages of the integrated power soak (36W, 18W, 5W, 1W and mute).
The revolutionary MIDI-controlled power soak can do some wild voicing tricks. Tap its full dynamic range by running the Clean channel at 36W and switch over to the Crunch channel in 5W mode with the Master knob wide open to get good and grungy with some grinding rhythm. Or you could run the Lead channel at 18W for some high-gain riffage and switch over in a flash to the full 36W for a screaming solo. Meanwhile, the 1W option brings the sound of the big stage into your own four walls, without any tonal compromises.
The built-in RED BOX feeds preamp and true power amp tone straight to a stage or studio mixing console. It authentically emulates the sound of a 4 x 12" cab and delivers a balanced line signal to the Speaker Out for use in rehearsal rooms, on stage, and even to pipe that sweet tube-driven sound straight into the PA. In combination with the power soaks silent recording option (Speaker Off), the RED BOX lets you lay down professional-quality tracks any time day or night. You can even feed the signal to in-ear monitors on stage without having to fuss with a cab or mic.
But thats still not all; theres also the wonderful TSC (Tube Safety Control). It is an automated system that constantly monitors and readjusts the bias to ensure power tubes operate reliably and deliver to-die-for tone, always. With the TSC, swapping tubes couldnt be any easier.
Includes free FS2 Footswitch and padded bag with strap.
Tubes: three 12AX7 (preamp); four high-output, Russian military-grade EL84 (power amp)
Power attenuation: 36W, 18W, 5W, 1W, mute
Three channels (Crunch, Clean and Lead)
Switchable digital spring reverb
Switchable serial FX loop
2x passive 3-band voicing section tweaked to evoke the best frequency response out
Oversized transformers with tons of headroom
TSC-protected power amp featuring auto-bias and status LED
5-stage MIDI programmable power soak with silent recording capability
Balanced RED BOX OUT with authentic speaker emulation
Includes padded bag with strap
Dimensions: 17.5 x 6.7 x 5.9
Weight: 17 lb.