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An amp that's versatile enough for your music.
4 channels with independent gain and master controls go from shimmering clean to warp scream. The Autostore FX Matrix serves up reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, and tremolo and allows you to store effects settings for each channel so you can switch between them on the fly using the included 4-way footswitch. The 100W current feedback power amp has power to spare for most gigs.
Get it, play loud, and be creative.
Reviewed by 12 customers
Hands down the world's best sounding solid state head ever! I've owned countless Marshall tube heads, Carvin, Peavey 5150 etc. What I love most about this head is the tone and consistancy of it. Marshalls are so tempermental from day to day. The Matrix sound so sweet to my ears. You can get everything from ultra clean to modded out Marshall tones. With the gain control set just right you get a nice, tight "plexi" like tone. But you have to use the right combination of guitar/pickups etc. to achieve that. The Seymour Duncan JB works best for a tight plexi out of this head. The only other head I own is the EVH 5150 III (which is incrdible!!!) and I somtimes favor the Matrix in some rooms.
I have never come acroos a better solid state amp that is better than most tube amps on the market. The only thing I am disappointed with is that it took me 20 years to find Hughes & Kettner. The only thing that would be better is a Hughes & Kettner tube amp. The Matrix 100 has beautiful cleans and outstanding gains and distortion. If an amp can allow a guitar to breathe, this would be the one. The volume is incredible without losing any clarity in the signal. I will never get anything other than Hughes & Kettner.
I just recently bought this Amp head and hooked it up to my Genz-Benz 412st 300w Cab and just the clarity I get from every note is amazing. Very easy to Operate and Control. The Clean channel is very nice not that much eq but what a great sound, the Crunch is nice for AC/DC style playing, the Lead is very nice for solos and the Warp is great for bone crushing metal. The only problem I had with this is the Hiss,buzz and feedback when I'm using the Distortion. But if you use a Boss NS-2 your golden but don't pass it up because of a little hiss, this amp head is just plain amazing for the price. Don't think that Hughes and Kettner amps can't handle metal because it certainly can.
I recently tracked a modern rock band (think nickelback/stained/radio rock) using this amp along with some crate cabs we had lying around. After tweaking a bit, we were able to achieve some very usable tones that worked great for the type of music we were doing. I really like how the settings are saved for each channel without having to do anything extra - very useful feature. That kind of makes up for having a shared EQ. If your looking for a cheap head and don't want to venture into tube amps, definitely give this amp a try.
I traveled as far as 120 miles to play everything in this class, first hand. After playing everything, I picked this up in St. Louis. I don't us the effect much, but they all work great for their use. You should'nt need a noise gate because the distortion is so intense that you can back the gain off to 7 and get rid of it, and you don't loose any gain really. It is still more than anything else at 7. All the channels sound great, I use the crunch for AC/DC and it sounds perfect, the lead channel I use for shredding and the warp for heavy stuff. I just wish that there was seperate eq for the three distorted channels, but you can use the effects set really low for each and switch between the channels so it's really no big deal, the auto store remembers your eq setting. Really a great amp. A marshall sounds like the crunch with very little gain.
You want simplicity in an amp w/built in effects? The kind you don't even need the manual to set up and the kind you don' have to program or remember 100 presets? Buy this amp. You want 4 channels so you can have 4 different volume/distortion and effects setting at the touch of a switch? You want 4 separate volume controls PLUS a master volume AND 2 gain knobs(lead and warp share the gain but have separate vol. controls)? Buy this amp. You want soft 60's break-up all the way to insane distortion? You want great sound with plenty of high end? You want an amp that has smooth transition of volume from 1 to 10 and not that irritating jump of volume like so many other amps( For example, all Peavey amps I have ever owned are too hard to get the volume on the lead channel right-it's not loud enough and then you just barely touch the vol. and all of a sudden you have wall shaking volume at setting 2). You want great sounding simple-to-use effects that each channel remembers? You want an amp with an extra jack for a second 2 button footswitch to turn on and off the effects/delay w/ one button and the reverb with the other button? Buy this amp. You want a great looking amp you can be proud of that does not cost an arm and a leg from a much praised company? You want? ------------------------you get the message. BUY THIS AMP!!
I recently bought this head, along with the corresponding cab at a local music store. It was a bit more expensive, but still worth it. I could not have asked for more with the effects. The clean channel is great, especially when the reverb is cranked when I play wipeout. The lead channel is amazing. It gives me the perfect bright tone and just the right ammount of distortion. The other channels are also great if you're playing a song with multiple effects, but not much needed. And with four seperate channels, that retain their effects, I don't have to change the effects every time I wanna' play something different. Though I couldn't really find a metal sound to this head. But I don't play metal anyway, but, I would definately recommend this to anybody who is looking for a good amp.
This is a great amp for the price, I use this head through a crate half slanted cab. Nice clean tone, the 'crunch' channel lacks crunch and the warp channel is way out there but overall a decent buy.
I had always heard H&K made great stuff and was suprised to find them making a head in this price range! Peaked my interest! The H&K web site had sound files so I checked them out. 2 Days later I ordered it and have been playing it since. The onboard effects are damn fine and simple to use. I also bought a second footswitch to switch between the wet & dry sound giving me a total of 12 different sound settings to choose from Plus the great H&K sound. What more could you ask for?! I am now a H&K customer for life!!!
First,what I don't like is the crunch,lead and warp channels sharing the same tone controls,and the lead and warp sharing the same gain controls. But that's it. Everything else is good. Fantastic tone(all 4 channels) thru a 1987 celestian loaded full size crate 4x12 cabinet. Bass,mid and treble take a little extra tinkering to get right. Also there is an extra footswitch out (footswitch not included) to turn the effects on and off giving you a total of 8 different sounds. Good solid built head,worth the money.