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

The Switchblade 100 guitar amp head has 4 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.

The included FSM 432 MIDI footswitch allows instant switching between presets. Onboard digital effects including reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, and tremolo. Also available in a 12", 50W combo and a 2 x 12", 100W combo (See recommended accessories on this page).

Features

  • 100W
  • 2 - 12AX7 preamp tubes, 4 EL34 power tubes
  • 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 Guitar Amp Head Specifications:

  • 100W
  • 29-1/2"W x 11-1/4"H x 10"D
  • 39 lbs.
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Hughes & KettnerSwitchblade 100 Guitar Amp Head
 
4.6

(based on 32 reviews)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Performances (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Woah, siick xD

    Well now, it was a stressful ordeal getting this thing up and running down here in Australia but its paid off. Simply put, this thing sounds amazing.
    Not as loud as I'd h...Read complete review

    Well now, it was a stressful ordeal getting this thing up and running down here in Australia but its paid off. Simply put, this thing sounds amazing.
    Not as loud as I'd hoped when fully cranked, and there's some nasty feedback happening on the ultra channel without the use of a gate, I guess that's to be expected though. Love the reverb, not much use for the rest of the effects though.
    This amp is heavy! But appears good quality, feels great to use and looks great with those glowing tubes behind the grill.
    Never owned a tube amp before so my word probably ain't much of a gage, but to me its killer. The master volume is a great feature, I was a little worried I couldn't use this in my house but that's not the case at all, great tones at low volume.
    Now as for high volume I had trouble cutting through with my band, its not like it wasn't there but a lot of the sound was getting lost. Probably just need to play around with EQ. Though, tripping balls on 75D made the first experiences with it more sloppy really.. Only just started fine tuning last night.
    Now I wouldn't recommend doing what I've done (this is for the Aussies), its gonna run you $500ish to get the transformer swapped out for a 240v, yes you can run on a step down transformer but really the tranny is the way to go. When I first plugged it in on a step down transformer at my local music store a fuse blew, which eneded up being the result of a broken tube. So word to the wise, probably swap out the tubes when you get it, if you get it. Shipping can be a cruel guy.
    Pretty impressed with this thing, and even if its not my final amp it inspires me to play it, the most important trait of any musical gear right?

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    amazing when it is working right

    I purchased this amp a few months ago and when I got it it just blew me away. This amp just screams, and having the ability to tailor my own lead setting and save ...Read complete review

    I purchased this amp a few months ago and when I got it it just blew me away. This amp just screams, and having the ability to tailor my own lead setting and save it on a preset makes for soaring lead tones that cut right through the mix. You can get any sound out of this amp, its just so versitile. But then about a week after I got it the midi pedal stoped working. So I had to send it back. When I recieved the new one it worked great...for about 3 days! It was very hard for me not to just smash this amp with frustration. To make this worse it decided to screw up at a show.Right during sound check I go to hit on the distortion and nothing. It was the same exact problem. So I plugged my metal muff in and had a great show anyway. The amp both times was fine its just that footwsitch, its complete junk! But when I got home it worked just fine which really scares cause now I never know when its gonna throw a fit again. I do still recomend this amp because it is all you could ever ask for, I'd just be prepared to send it back a couple times until you get one that works. It is worth it.

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    5.0

    Technology of tone, the art of shredding

    By Bane

    from Serbia

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Best Sound At Any Volume
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • High Gain
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Guitar Amp Head:

    This amp can have so much warmth to melt coldest death-metal heart :) can have so much gain and brutal, screaming and roaring sonud that could tear your skin of, acid-melt your flesh, chew your bones and spit it out! Why it CAN? Because it's all in your ear. I read all review's and some say that EQ is problem..I disagree! Only problem is ear. Listen carefully, feel the sound that EQ modify's and you can make any sound you want..from blues, jazz, sofr and hard rock to the top of the piramid of classic high gain - Mesa. Clean ch. is heart touching with chorus, reverb and little delay. Crunch ch. is so fun to play some blues and classic rock. Lead ch. is British metal sound for I. Maiden lovers and perfect for soloing. Ultra ch. is the beast itself..from Slayer, Annihilator to Metallica sound, and whichever other sound you want. I play guitar for 10 years and own this amp for 3 years now, and I'm amazed every time I crank it up. It's worth all the money I spent on it. I highly recomend this amp for any type of musicians..thrust me, YOU WANT REGRET! Cheers!

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    5.0

    Awesome Head - Great Deal - Fast Ship!!!

    By Heath

    from Bedford, NH

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful
    • Sound Great At Any Volume

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Guitar Amp Head:

      I have been playing a long time, but this is my first head/ cabinet combo, and all tube amp. I am so impressed with it at all volume and gain levels. I can play in my living room, literally while the kids watch TV 10 feet away, and crank it (3 it's all relative?!) while they are away

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      5.0

      Woah, siick xD

      By Jambee

      from Australia

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth

      Cons

      • Difficult to EQ right
      • No foot controller

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Guitar Amp Head:

      Well now, it was a stressful ordeal getting this thing up and running down here in Australia but its paid off. Simply put, this thing sounds amazing.
      Not as loud as I'd hoped when fully cranked, and there's some nasty feedback happening on the ultra channel without the use of a gate, I guess that's to be expected though. Love the reverb, not much use for the rest of the effects though.
      This amp is heavy! But appears good quality, feels great to use and looks great with those glowing tubes behind the grill.
      Never owned a tube amp before so my word probably ain't much of a gage, but to me its killer. The master volume is a great feature, I was a little worried I couldn't use this in my house but that's not the case at all, great tones at low volume.
      Now as for high volume I had trouble cutting through with my band, its not like it wasn't there but a lot of the sound was getting lost. Probably just need to play around with EQ. Though, tripping balls on 75D made the first experiences with it more sloppy really.. Only just started fine tuning last night.
      Now I wouldn't recommend doing what I've done (this is for the Aussies), its gonna run you $500ish to get the transformer swapped out for a 240v, yes you can run on a step down transformer but really the tranny is the way to go. When I first plugged it in on a step down transformer at my local music store a fuse blew, which eneded up being the result of a broken tube. So word to the wise, probably swap out the tubes when you get it, if you get it. Shipping can be a cruel guy.
      Pretty impressed with this thing, and even if its not my final amp it inspires me to play it, the most important trait of any musical gear right?

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Switchblade Head

      By paesano

      from fort hood, texas

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Guitar Amp Head:

      I've had this amp for several months now and I won't buy another. The cleans are nice and clear, the crunch channel has a ton of punch, and the lead/ultra channels have tons of gain. The tone is incredible. I'm playing a Schecter with a Dimarzio Super Distortion with a crappy Kustom Quad Jr. Cabinet and the sound blows me away. I've played the Mesa Dual, the Peavey 6505, the Peavey 3120, I liked this amp the best. The effects kind of suck. They're just kind of there. The midi cable on the pedal is shoddy as well, I have to mess with it to get the pedal to come on but the midi capability is great, I run a midi cable out of the amp into my rack mounted effects box and I can assign presets on my effects unit to match the presets on the amp and literally got rid of my pedal board. I'm incredibly happy with this amp!

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      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      beware

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Guitar Amp Head:

      this amp sucks. ive had it for 3 years and it has been in the shop more than in my rack. do NOT buy this amp. theres been many times i have been playing then the sound goes out with the tubes still glowing. Or times where the lights wouldnt turn on and it sounded like my tubes we blown...they werent. There must be a serious problem with the circut board. Worst investment i have ever made. I recently switched to splawn amps and I am so much happier with it. If you want to quality amp that is dependable....DO NOT BUY THIS AMP especially if you are a touring musician. It might be alright if you play in your room or something, but if you tour and you are using it every night carting it around like a piece of gear STAY AWAY FROM THIS AMP!

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing

      By AirConditioning

      from Vancouver, BC

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Guitar Amp Head:

      I'd always used combo amps before I got this head, but the music I play has gotten louder over the years. This amp is amazingly versatile and can get any sound you want it to. It sounds great too.I recently had a problem where when I turn the power on, the tubes warm up but nothing else happens. I've treated it really well, so I'm not sure if it's just not built very well or what. One thing to watch for sure.

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      5.0

      Amazing!!!!

      By Mr Metal

      from California

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Guitar Amp Head:

      This head is amazing! I mostly play metal but this head can pretty much get any tone you want! from a nice clean and classic rock crunch to a heavy metal tone.I love this amp because it has incredible gain and sounds heavy but clear at the same time. This head is worth every penny!

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      5.0

      Review

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Guitar Amp Head:

      Really this amp is probably the most versatile head I've come across. For the people that are strayed because of a hint of SS, know that it IS TUBE. When you break it down, think about it, all the benefits of a crazy expensive tube amp with a s***ton more amps built in. yeah it doesn't have individual strips of knobs and controls per amp (clean, crunch, lead, ultra), but thanks to that little bit of digital technology, you can save an insane number of those settings real easily and access them just as easily with the foot switch (which yes is a piece because the midi cable wasn't protected from winding/wrapping very well, but hughes and kettner sent me a new one with upgraded cable, haven't had a problem since. (took the old one and added a midi jack and just used a regular good quality midi cable for a backup) i play it through a lopoline custom 2x12 signature cab with a v30 and a g12h with a fender tele (with hot rails), a fernandes ravelle elite, an ltd ec-1000, and an epiphone black beauty i built with a seymour duncan sh-5 in the bridge, tv-jones tv-ht in the middle, and a seymour duncan seth lover in the neck (bridge and neck are tapped with the seymour duncan triple shots) with custom 6 way rotary selector wiring. sounds real nice for any type of style. just remember that you NEED to put time in it to find your sound, but i promise its there.

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      5.0

      Tone for days

      By L17

      from Ohio

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Guitar Amp Head:

      What a great sounding amp! Really....but the pedal is crap. The cord of the pedal board is wired in. Mine started phantom switching at gigs. I had a friend take out some slack and rewire it but I soon had the same problem. I bought a Midi Moose switcher and haven't had a problem since. Great amp.....crappy pedal

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not Impressed

      By TZ5150-05I88

      from New Jersey

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Switchblade 100 Guitar Amp Head:

      This amp sounds Ok at best. The Lead Chanel is Extremely Noisey and sounds kinda muddy. The Clean Chanel sounds the best and the effects on the amp are Ok at best. I personally don't think it's worth it.

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