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Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 2x12  

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    Hughes & Kettner

    The world's first fully programmable all-tube amp with digital FX.

    The Switchblade 100 combo has four channels that put the full arsenal of classic tones at your fingertips, from spine-tingling clean and crunch to singing lead and crushing, saturated sound. It seamlessly integrates all-tube preamp and power sections with full programmability, digital FX, and a professional switching system that gives you easy access to the 128 preset slots. 100 watts of power are pumped through 2 - 12" Eminence Rockdriver 60 speakers.

    The included FSM 432 MIDI footswitch allows instant switching between presets. Onboard digital effects including reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, and tremolo.

    Features

    • 100W
    • 2 - 12AX7 preamp tubes, 4 EL34 power tubes
    • 2 x 12" Eminence Rockdriver 60 speakers
    • Four channels: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Ultra
    • Digital reverb, delay, modulation effects
    • Full programmability with 128 preset slots
    • FSM 432 MIDI footswitch

    The dream amp that tube aficionados have been waiting for! Order now.

     

    Switchblade 100 2x12 Specifications:

    • 100W
    • 25-1/2"W x 19-7/10"H x 11-1/4"D
    • 67 lbs.
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    4.0

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    Awesome Amp

    I was looking to replace my Peavey 5150 full stack when the Switchblade was just coming on the market (early to mid 2000's). The salesman convinced me to take a chance so...Read complete review

    I was looking to replace my Peavey 5150 full stack when the Switchblade was just coming on the market (early to mid 2000's). The salesman convinced me to take a chance so I ordered one from the store's first shipment, which had yet to arrive. I have been amazed ever since at the incredible tones I get from this amp. The clean channel is crystal clear, the crunch channel gets a crisp and distinct crunch, the ultra channel can get insane, and the lead channel is perfect for cutting through. The onboard effects sound great and are easy to program. I use channel A for clean, B for crunch, C for Ultra, and D for lead. Once I settled on a tone for each, I copied them to different banks as a foundation and saved different effects combinations for each.

    I have two criticisms: First, the first generation is not very tech friendly. I've swapped tubes once and my amp tech told me biasing the amp involved taking it apart to gain access. H and K has solved this with the next generation. I also had mine rewired with heavier gauge wire because the factory wiring is a very small gauge. Second, this amp is extremely loud. If you turn the volume down to reduce stage volume, the tone quality will drop off below a certain volume level. This amp likes to be played loud.

    Overall, this is a great amp for any style of music.

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    switchblade

    I rated low here simply due to the reliability fears mentioned above- if the amp stays healthy treat this as a 10
    Great variety of sound choices available- ability to store every...Read complete review

    I rated low here simply due to the reliability fears mentioned above- if the amp stays healthy treat this as a 10
    Great variety of sound choices available- ability to store every sound you could need.
    very concerned here- i had a switchblade 50 fail within the first hour of playing it. I purchased the 100 watt combo simply because i love the tones this amp provides, but from reading some other reviews here and elswhere, I'm starting to think this is an extremely unreliable amp. In addition, I'm frustrated to see when I registered this amp that the manufacture date is 2007. This means Musician's friend sold me a new amp thats 5 years old. I have concerns about this being a factormin why the other amp failed, but who knows...
    No concerns here- the amp delivers for the price.

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    5.0

    Awesome Amp

    By phi447

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Crystal Clear Clean
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Over The Top Overdrive
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 2x12:

      I was looking to replace my Peavey 5150 full stack when the Switchblade was just coming on the market (early to mid 2000's). The salesman convinced me to take a chance so I ordered one from the store's first shipment, which had yet to arrive. I have been amazed ever since at the incredible tones I get from this amp. The clean channel is crystal clear, the crunch channel gets a crisp and distinct crunch, the ultra channel can get insane, and the lead channel is perfect for cutting through. The onboard effects sound great and are easy to program. I use channel A for clean, B for crunch, C for Ultra, and D for lead. Once I settled on a tone for each, I copied them to different banks as a foundation and saved different effects combinations for each.

      I have two criticisms: First, the first generation is not very tech friendly. I've swapped tubes once and my amp tech told me biasing the amp involved taking it apart to gain access. H and K has solved this with the next generation. I also had mine rewired with heavier gauge wire because the factory wiring is a very small gauge. Second, this amp is extremely loud. If you turn the volume down to reduce stage volume, the tone quality will drop off below a certain volume level. This amp likes to be played loud.

      Overall, this is a great amp for any style of music.

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      3.0

      switchblade

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 2x12:

      I rated low here simply due to the reliability fears mentioned above- if the amp stays healthy treat this as a 10
      Great variety of sound choices available- ability to store every sound you could need.
      very concerned here- i had a switchblade 50 fail within the first hour of playing it. I purchased the 100 watt combo simply because i love the tones this amp provides, but from reading some other reviews here and elswhere, I'm starting to think this is an extremely unreliable amp. In addition, I'm frustrated to see when I registered this amp that the manufacture date is 2007. This means Musician's friend sold me a new amp thats 5 years old. I have concerns about this being a factormin why the other amp failed, but who knows...
      No concerns here- the amp delivers for the price.

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      1.0

      UnReliable

      By Brooks Station

      from Louisville, Ky

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 2x12:

      Has been in shop 2 times since December 2010. It takes to long to get it back from repair. Thank GHod for the extended warranty, however it is not worth the inconvenience.

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      4.0

      Difficult to Service

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 2x12:

      My Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 sounded amazing when I got it home. Unfortunately, the amp failed after about 45 hours. And, of course, the warrantee was expired. In short, it took 15 months (& $147) to get this amp up and running again. Purchase the additional warrantee for your own peace of mind.

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      5.0

      Very versatile amp, great sound

      By JJ-BNDUZ

      from Columbus, OH

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 2x12:

      If you've tried modeling amps and been disappointed with the sound and response, you'll want to definitely check out the Switchblade. This is a true tube amp with some of the best sounding digital effects you'll find. The crunch and lead sounds are nothing short of amazing. The clean sounds are very good as well.As some users have reported, the footswitch can be problematic. The reason most often is the cord used to connect it to the amp. The wire used is of extremely fragile gauge and severaly bending or stepping on the cord is not recommended. The footswitch itself is rugged and uses heavy duty switches which should last a long time. I'm considering replacing the attached footswitch cord with a midi jack on the pedal to allow for plugging in a standard midi cable. All in all, you'll definitely be able to find the sounds you're looking for in this amp.

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      1.0

      Nothing but trouble

      By Rob Ruppert

      from Fort Wayne, In

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 2x12:

      This is my second Hughes and Kettner amp. I LOVED my triamp. I've had my Switchblade combo for just over two years and I've had nothing but trouble with it. I'm on my third foot-switch and now the amp has completely stopped working. An amp that cost this much should last longer than 2 years.

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      5.0

      128 Awesome Tube Amps

      By TYTHETY

      from Atlanta, GA

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 2x12:

      This amp is totally sweet. When you get it you'll think you have four amps in one - wrong. It's many more. For instance on the Clean channel you can easily dial in an incredibly open crunch tone, on the Crunch you can get a great clean sound by just rolling back your guitar's volume, the Ultra channel is thick and creamy and but by scooping the mids all the way down then pushing the bass and treble up it's a Metal Monster. The Lead channel is a soloist's dream not only because of it's sustain but it's gain structure is designed to be louder than the other channels giving you that "second master" type sound that H&K is famous for. The programability helps me is because I don't have to change tone settings when I change from my tele to a LP. I have a bank setup for each of one of my guitars: Fenders, Hamers and Zions with humbucker, singles or P90s. The only knob I change is the master volume to suite my stage.The only thing I wish for is a power soak of some kind because this baby is very LOUD. I also experimented with opening the back so the bass wasn't so focussed. For my applications it's a perfect amp and for someone who needs lots of different tones and effects at the flick of a switch.

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      5.0

      Great Tone, Decent effects

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 2x12:

      I love the fact that I can plug into this amp & get crunch & OD tones I could never get w/ any other amp I've ever owned. The only OB effects I use now are an MXR comp & a BBE clean boost both for my clean & light crunch sounds. There is a bit of a warble in the chorus/flange effects at times but not enough to be a nuisance. The stage board is heavy duty w/ a super long cord but I use my Roland MFC 1 to cut down on the "dancing". A player that doesn't do a lot of patch changes would be very happy w/ the SB. After reading the manual, patch setup was a snap. There is a considerable difference in gain from clean to ultra. This amp is LOUD. The std patches will take your head off, but the amp also sounds great w/ the Master set low. I was looking and about to buy a Matchless combo when I got a chance to play the 50W version. Sparkly highs & tight, fat bottom end from a 212 combo...what's not to like?

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      5.0

      Found My Holy Grail

      By Rockkin_Roll

      from Miami

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 2x12:

      I have bought and sold amps, effects, you name it, constantly looking for equipment that would assist me in my quest to create a wonderful tone throughout many different songs. Lets face it, plugging directly into an amp for most of us without effects for its pure form is a true desire, but if you want your songs or your cover songs to sound different and original, you need some spice in your chain. And the SwitchBlade is one incredable machine. This Amp has hands down the best sounding effects I've ever heard. Nothing sounds sterile, never muddle. The pre-set factory effects are wonderful and sometimes amaze the heck out of me. I can't put my guitar down. Playing this amp is more than fun, its exciting. I'm selling all my other amps, just so I can buy the 50 watt 1x12 SwitchBlade for practice, so I can save my 100 watt 2x12's for gig's. By the way, I can play my SwitchBlade at midnight in my music room, and not bother anyone. Even at super low volumes, this amp sounds amazing.......

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      H&K Switchblade - KILLER!!

      By lvbuyersagent

      from Las Vegas, NV

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 2x12:

      Been playing my ''just delivered'' Hughes & Kettner Switchblade for 8 straight hours! Discovery is half the fun! Fat tube sound w/on-board effects! You can make it sound like the cleanest, twangy Fender amp, to the raunchiest Marshall Plexi, HiWatt, Vox ... ANYTHING! Incredible sounds! A little pricey, but not even close to the cost of a ''boutique'' amp - and sounds better! A great value! German engineering folks! This amp has a closed back and is L-O-U-D!! Turn the Master volume to about 2 or 3, and your ears may bleed! This amp can also accommodate an additional 2x12'' or 4x12'' extension speaker cabinet!!Only downsides are: 1) A small learning curve, but anyone will get it in no time! 2) Plastic corner protectors, and THE WORST ... 3) NO COVER available!!

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