Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Guitar Amp Head

Expert Review

The fact that Hughes & Kettner’s TubeMeister 36 is classified as a guitar amp head is something of a technicality. Yes, it’s the size of a head but it offers versatility and performance options that truly make a strong argument it should be included amongst its bigger brothers for consideration. The head comes with three channels which can remarkably be accessed via a built-in MIDI system. That feature also grants players the ability to trigger the head’s switchable serial FX loop and onboard reverb effect. Additionally, the MIDI function can also switch through power output modes, allowing players to choose between 36 watts, 18 watts, 5 watts, 1 watt, and speaker off mode.

As if that weren’t enough, the TubeMeister also includes a tube safety control, which monitors the head’s power tubes and adjusts the bias in an effort to provide the best possible sound from the unit. The other features in this amp head seem basic in comparison to the aforementioned capabilities, but they are still worth noting for their excellence including 3-band EQ, built-in Redbox DI to ensure your tone is great no matter where or what you’re working with, and an effects loop to bring in your pedalboard and processors.Rating: 5/5

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