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Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36W Tube Guitar Head  Black 

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The GrandMeister 36 is an all-analog tube amp with four independent channels: Clean, Crunch, Lead, and Ultra. The 36 watts 4x EL84 power amp is based...Read More

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A huge range of amazing tones, and iPad and Android connectivity.

The GrandMeister 36 is an all-analog tube amp with four independent channels: Clean, Crunch, Lead, and Ultra. The 36 watts 4x EL84 power amp is based on the TubeMeister 36, but the 3x 12AX7 preamp is completely redesigned and offers the widest tonal spectrum H&K has ever included in an amp, from sparkling clean to highest gain. Independent gain, master, EQ settings and even presence and resonance control plus a switchable boost for each channel provide you with all the versatility a guitarist could wish for.

How? The GrandMeister's Smart Rotary Controls allow each channel to have its own set of controls with only a minimum of pots since each control is fully remote controllable and programmable. That means you can create any sound you want, store it on 128 presets, and recall it via MIDI controller, interface or your iPad. Yes, the complimentary app for iPad enables you to check the setting of every single control, adjust them, assign names to the presets, and remote control the amp with your iPad - everything in real time. And the best news: the remote control is just the icing on the cake - all controls are accessible directly on the amp or the matching MIDI board FSM 432 MK III (sold separately).

Note: The GM36 remote app does not contain preset data. However, it does show the values of presets (the position of each knob and switch) stored in a GrandMeister 36 that is connected to your iPad and Android via MIDI. GM36 Remote app for iPad and Android lets you:
Watch and touch settings of analog tube tone on your iPad and Android
Add names to your amp´s preset numbers
Benefit from extended effects control
Remote control your tone in realtime

And if you still feel there is something missing you might want to take advantage of the onboard effects and add some delay, chorus or one of the other modulation effects. By simply pressing FX ACCESS you can make the Smart Rotary Controls for the channel settings now work as effects controls, which keeps your user interface well structured and clear. The GrandMeister is also equipped with digital reverb as well as an intelligent dual break point noise gate, measuring the guitar signal at the input, but cutting the noise between the preamp and effects loop.

However, the GrandMeister wouldn't be called a Meister if it weren't for all the great features that made the Meister series so successful. The Power Soak is capable of converting the amp's output into heat and tone and thereby gives you the opportunity to break 36 watts down to 18, 5, 1 and 0 watts - it goes without saying that the Power Soak is programmable and controllable via MIDI as well. Hence you can enjoy the full tube sound at home without annoying your neighbors and even do silent recording at night. The built- in RED BOX genuinely simulates a 4x12" cabinet and sends the signal directly into the mixer, which makes it an amazingly helpful tool in the studio as well as on stage. And last but not least: The TSC (Tube Safety Control) is an automated system that constantly monitors and readjusts the bias to ensure the power tubes operate reliably and deliver the best possible tone.

The GrandMeister is a dream amp for every guitarist who wishes for unlimited access to great tube tone, including effects - all at a touch of a button.

  • Power: 36W tube
  • 4 channels: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Ultra
  • Digital spring reverb
  • iPad connectivity
  • Tubes: 3 x 12AX7 preamp; 4 x EL34 power amp
  • Soft bag included
  • Dimensions: 17.5" x 6.7" x 6"
  • Weight: 17lb.
  • GM36 Remote works with iPad 2 and newer Android devices, and MIDI interfaces for iPad and Android. USB interfaces are not supported. The app that belongs to the MIDI interface must be installed and opened on your iPad or Android before you can use the GM36 Remote app.

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You know what? Dont buy this thing ...


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      Comments about Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36W Tube Guitar Head:

      I will begin by saying this amp sounds wonderful. It has four amp "parameters": clean, crunch lead and ultra that all sound great, but the amp has no separate channels per se. Rather, it has endless electronic presets. It has decent built in effects, a noise gate, direct box and power soak, so this thing is loaded with features. It is loud enough for any practical use.

      Now the other side. Other than an analogue pot for master volume, the amp controls are all complex electronic circuits that act like pots. These knobs only serve to set the parameters for your presets. But they are not mechanized as on the old Cyber-Twins. So when you change presets your settings on the previous preset are memorized internally. When you adjust parameters on the next preset then return to the previous preset, the knobs no longer indicate the settings on the channel that you just returned to. (Unless you search each individual pot for a blinking blue light). This means that to use this amp effectively, you MUST preprogram channel presets.

      So given the way this thing operates, forget tweaking these controls mid-use. For that, you MUST have an iPad that will indicate the proper position of all the controls on each preset. It gets worse. The manufacturer makes no effort whatsoever to support iPad connectivity. No instructions either in the manual or online. You are on your own. That may not be a problem if you have a newer iPad with a lightning connector. But with the older 30 pin connector, it will take you a week to find it if you are extremely lucky. H&K recommends the IK Multimedia connectors, but IK no longer sells these. I found an old returned one at a local music store.

      Additionally, in my contacts with H&K about connectivity, I left feeling as though their response was: this is simple, are you mentally challenged? In other words, they couldn't care less.

      Take my advise, it you just want the great sound of this amp and want it to be useful for anything other than playing around with in your bedroom, buy the Tube Meister for much less. Don't waste your money on this thing.

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            Comments about Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36W Tube Guitar Head:

            A very versatile amp. If you like the sound of H & K amps, then this is like the other ones, specifically the Swithcblade & Coreblade. Has plenty of gain in all preamp configurations. Effects are pretty good too. Buy the midi pedal if you don't already have one. That really unleashes the amp. Only concern was that it came with lousy Chinese tubes. Very harsh sounding. I replaced them with a set of JJ's & the amp came alive. Can get a smooth overdriven sound now. Takes some time to dial your personal sounds, but it's well worth the effort. Very portable. The included carry bag is a nice touch. Definitely enough volume for almost any stage. H & K amps are always very powerful.

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