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Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister TM36H 36W Tube Guitar Amp Head 

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The Hughes and Kettner TubeMeister 36 guitar amplifier head offers independent gain and master knobs, as well as switchable FX Loop. In addition, Mr....Click To Read More About This Product

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A touch of a button is all it takes to conjure up to 128 combinations.

The Hughes and Kettner TubeMeister 36 guitar amplifier head offers independent gain and master knobs, as well as switchable FX Loop. In addition, Mr. Hughes and Mr. Kettner built in a MIDI system to access the three channels, FX loop and onboard reverb. It can even select the power stages of the integrated power soak (36W, 18W, 5W, 1W and Speaker Off)!

The revolutionary MIDI-controlled power soak can do some wild voicing tricks. Tap its full dynamic range by running the Clean channel at 36W and switch over to the Crunch channel in 5W mode with the Master knob wide open to get good and grungy with some grinding rhythm. Or you could run the Lead channel at 18W for some high-gain riffage and switch over in a flash to the full 36W for a screaming solo. Meanwhile, the 1W option brings the sound of the big stage into your own four walls, without any tonal compromises.

The built-in RED BOX feeds preamp and true power amp tone straight to a stage or studio mixing console. It authentically emulates the sound of a 4 x 12" cab and delivers a balanced line signal to the Speaker Out for use in rehearsal rooms, on stage, and even to pipe that sweet tube-driven sound straight into the PA. In combination with the power soak's silent recording option (Speaker Off), the RED BOX lets you lay down professional-quality tracks any time day or night. You can even feed the signal to in-ear monitors on stage without having to fuss with a cab or mic.

But that's still not all; there's also the wonderful TSC (Tube Safety Control). It is an automated system that constantly monitors and readjusts the bias to ensure power tubes operate reliably and deliver to-die-for tone, always. With the TSC, swapping tubes couldn't be any easier.

FEATURES
  • 3 channels (Crunch, Clean and Lead)
  • Switchable reverb
  • Switchable serial FX loop
  • 2x passive 3-band voicing section tweaked to evoke the best frequency response out
  • Oversized transformers with tons of headroom
  • TSC-protected power amp featuring auto-bias and status LED
  • 5-stage MIDI programmable power soak with silent recording capability
  • Balanced RED BOX OUT with authentic speaker emulation
  • 3 - 12AX7 tubes
  • 4 - EL84 tubes

Pick up one of the most versatile and dependable tube amps on the planet!

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Hughes & KettnerTubemeister TM36H 36W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 14 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (14)
  • Portable (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Excellent sound (12)
  • Warm / comfy (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (12)
  • Performances (12)
  • Professional recording (9)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The amp I have been looking for

Channel two died on the second day. Muscian's Friend was great about the exchange and had a new one to me quickly.This amp has super cleans with a seperate eq, a great crunch channel...Read complete review

Channel two died on the second day. Muscian's Friend was great about the exchange and had a new one to me quickly.This amp has super cleans with a seperate eq, a great crunch channel with a seperate channel, and the lead channel is just perfect (even though it shares the EQ from the crunch channel it has a tone shift to it.) all 3 channels have seperate gain and master volumes. It is lighweight, has a carry/gig bag, the tubes auto bias and with a guitar pick you check the tubes "health" , it also lets you know what tubes are starting to go weak , the number "grade" of the tubes you need to replace them with.
Led switches on the back for 36/18/5/silent mode.
Using a F/S works well , I like the midi funtion F/S , you can set the channel , the reverb, the effects loop, and the power wattage and store that in the midi pedal. I use three settings clean \,crunch,and lead, then 4 variations of each. A Tech 21 Midi mouse works perfectly for me ,I know 1-3,4-6,7-9,10-12
are three different settings of clean , crunch , lead, simple and effective.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Features Aplenty but.....

I have had to return this amp twice now in a six month period. What a hassle. I don't have money to blow on shipping this thing to New York from California twice a...Read complete review

I have had to return this amp twice now in a six month period. What a hassle. I don't have money to blow on shipping this thing to New York from California twice a year. I really like the set of features this amp has but i'ts not reliable and its too bright and the distortion is fizzy, even after break in. I'ts getting turned in for a Laney Ironheart.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Swiss-Army-Knife of Tube Amps!

By Dianna A.

from Atlanta, GA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clean tone
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Low Noise
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Feeding your inner guitar God
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister TM36H 36W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    If you are only wanting to buy ONE amp, this is IT! The Crunch and Lead channels are very good, and I have yet to really dig into them, but what impressed me the most from the get-go is the tone from the Clean channel. I have this feeding my Marshall 4-12 1960 cabinet and Wow! I have been reading other's comments about replacing the tubes, but I can't really say yet if it would be that much better. Guess I will have to try it and see.

     
    5.0

    Great amp!

    By Shawna

    from Austin TX

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister TM36H 36W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      This is my first all-tube amp. I just upgraded from my old Marshall AVT100 hybrid. I love the tone and distortion on the lead channel. The clean channel sounds really great with the neck pickup on my Schecter Tempest and lots of reverb. I'm really digging this amp.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this little amp

      By Simon

      from Dubai

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Flexibility
      • Good Warmth
      • Great Looks
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister TM36H 36W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I've had this amp since Hughes & Kettner released it. I bought it case it is midi compatable, and the midi learn function.
        on first plugging this in, i loved the clean and crunch. lead fell a bit short, but then i stuck 2 pedals in the fx loop, a boss graphic, and a bbe sonic maximiser pedals. this transformed the whole sound off the beast.
        nice fat and beefy. i really love this set up.

        now i run a rack through the fx loop, and i am delighted.
        the redbox di is amazing. running through a pair of Yamaha powered monitors, and love the cleans, crunches, and leads.

        i can't bear to part with it, and its been so reliable since day one, although i did change the valves to high grade valves

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing

        By gitalan

        from portland oregon

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Powerful

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister TM36H 36W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        Hi fi sound yes i guess most people will not like this amp.If your playing is very sound and good you will like it.If blackstars motto is the"sound in your head" Hueghs and kettner's should be "the better you play the better it sounds".and that is the truth.Very articulate and soaring lead sound.It will make you play better because you must to make it sound good. The sound is balanced from low to high sounds good in all registers no pickup selection required.Is it unforgiving yes it is it requires you to play technically well.Good news it will make you play better,or you can give up and sell it.I very cleanly boost the crunch channel and it is amazing.It is not forgiving to mistakes.I think the big transformers allow massive punch and clear sound.If you want sag and compression you can add it but you cant remove it.So this is a great amp the best platform for tone.Yes i love this amp.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        amazing amp

        By zakky73

        from pasadena, ca

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister TM36H 36W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I have owned this amp for about 2 years now. I wanted to wait and see how i liked this over time. It's hands down one of the best amps I have ever owned. I have since sold many amps after buying this. Here is my rig: les paul into a small pedalboard with tuner/wah/mxr dist pedal, into tubemeister 36. I use a vertical 2x12 mesa closed cabinet and this setup is a beast. I prefer vertical to project sound at shows. I was worried about 36 watts not being enough since i also owned many 100 watt heads. Don't be fooled by the small size, this thing packs a punch. Most venues told me to turn down with 100 watt heads and i'm still being asked to turn it out with this setup. I'll tell you right now, there is no way a drummer will drown you out if you have this into a 2x12 or 4x12.

          The head is so light, it's such a breeze going to gigs/practices now. I've sold most of my other 100 watt heads. So the volume is great, portability is amazing, and the sound of this tube amp is one of the best i've ever heard. I will say for some reason I did not like the other smaller 18 watt HK heads but the 36 tubemeister is sick. I get more compliments on my tone now than I ever did. I've been playing about 20 years both covers and original bands. This thing can do it all. The other major factor for me was 3 separate channels. I'm not a fan of boost pedals or playing volume games with my knobs. This has 3 volume knobs for clean, dirty, and lead overdrive. I have a minor gripe that the dirty channel doesn't have enough gain for me so I use a little bit of mxr distortion. The lead solo channel however has tons of gain. The last thing about this amp is the effects loop, reverb, and direct out. All of that in this tiny package that lights up like a strip club! I can't recommend this amp enough. I guarantee if you try it you'll never go back to lugging around 50 lb heads again. I see that now there is the grandmeister 4 channel head out and I may have to check that out. Note that the amp doesn't come with the 2 button footswitch, i had to pay extra for that or you could buy the midi pedal. Last, i normally use the 36 watt option but practicing at home is nice to switch to a lower wattage and still get good tones. Amp is self biasing, so you insert new tubes and it will bias itself. I really can't recommend this enough. No other amp out there has these many options for the price.

          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Features Aplenty but.....

          By SobayXJ

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • Powersoak

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Unreliable
          • Weak

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister TM36H 36W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I have had to return this amp twice now in a six month period. What a hassle. I don't have money to blow on shipping this thing to New York from California twice a year. I really like the set of features this amp has but i'ts not reliable and its too bright and the distortion is fizzy, even after break in. I'ts getting turned in for a Laney Ironheart.

           
          5.0

          BEST AMP I HAVE EVER PLAYED

          By Aben

          from oregon

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Great Blues Amp
          • Great Lead And Crunch
          • Great Rock Amp
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Big Concerts
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Live Shows
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister TM36H 36W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I could not recommend this amp more. I use it all the time. wether your playing blues or metal, this amp is for you. Even so, I would have to say that its best uses are for blues. I was able to get the lead channel to sound exactly like Stevie Ray Vaughan's tone! I was also able to get a very awesome John Mayer sounding tone! Either way, this amp is amazing!!!! It was a little smaller than I expected, which I guess makes it more portable. DON'T LET ITS SIZE FOOL YOU! THIS THING IS LOUD! But you can easily change this with the power soak to get a nice natural distortion from just turning up the volume!!!!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Head! (sorry - couldn't resist)

            By sully3054

            from Indy

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • I Didn't Buy It Sooner

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister TM36H 36W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I have played for over 30 years and am a Marshall guy from way back ('79 100W MKII, TSL100, 1960AV, etc), but I rarely wanted to lug my TSL100 Head & 4X12 to club shows.

              The TubeMeister has waaaay better cleans than Marshall and a sweet distortion – more "modern" sounding than Marshall - in a good way. Not saying one distortion is better than the other – they are different and I enjoy them both. Side story - Early on, when I got the TM36H, my bass player actually stopped playing just to listen to some bluesy, mellow riffing I was doing on the clean channel because it sounded so good – and so much better than my other rigs. I constantly get compliments on my sound these days w/ the TubeMeister. I typically go straight in – besides using a Crybaby wah occasionally (and occasional chorus and delay). Another reviewer mentioned that he did not like to get distortion from pedals – I couldn't agree more – open up the tubes and let 'em scream! That being said – I have probably used this head more on the 18W setting than the 36W. Great to have the options.

              I also bought the TM12 & the H&K 2X12 cabs for this head. As advertised - both are perfect matches for the TM36H. The cabs sound great (bell-like clean tones as well as screaming distortion) and are solidly built.

              For quick jams, practice away from home or small shows, the TM12 is great sounding and light. For larger shows, I use the 2X12 (or both cabs – which is a lot of fun and makes for a great looking stack).

              I bought the TubeMeister for tone, ease of use (light and easy to pack) and versatility (the TM36H is loaded w/ features – esp for the price point). I have not been disappointed. I've had many good shows w/ this rig and expect many, many more.

              Another side note - I find that for my ears, my PRS guitars sound better through the TubeMeister than some my Gibsons and other makes. Very different tones w/ different pick ups & guitars in my experience (I know this is kind of an obvious statement, but it is more so w/ this rig than say w/ my Marshall stacks).

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              OMG!

              By Warlock

              from San Antonio

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister TM36H 36W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I honestly did not understand that a tube amp can be rated at what I thought was a low wattage number and yet still be powerful. I have been running an old Accoustic 150 head and its 6 10" speakers for well over 20 years. It's LOUD! The Tubemeister is feels like your standing next to the space shuttle on lift off! One thing to be just loud, quite another to be POWERFULL!!! Such a difference in quality of sound between my solid state amp and the tube amp. Even on 1 watt, you can do some serious practicing leaning hard on the gains and it sounds the same as with 36 watts just a light year's less power.
                And can you find an amp any where that looks as good as this on or off? What a stage presence it has. Last when you turn a knob, it feels like "quality" the switches made to last forever.

                You get what you pay for, and in this case even more. Bad to the Bone!

                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                An answer to several problems

                By beans

                from Maine

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister TM36H 36W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                  I have been playing professionally for over 40 years and have tried dozens of amps over the years. My preference in sound: bell-like/chimy clean sounds with two level of overdrive all at the touch of a footswitch for live playing. This does it. DEFINITELY buy the footswitch if you are going to use this live. My favorite guitar sounds...think Duane "Live at the Filmore". I have a Suhr Badger 18 watt which sounds great, but with no footswitching, it is good for studio work only, as I do NOT like to use pedals to achieve distorted sounds. Also the Badger just doesn't have enough headroom for clean (I play through a 4/12" vintage Marshall greenback cab--yeah that helps!) at only 18 watts. So, with the Tubemeister, I can select full 36 watts for clean and 18 watts for the crunch and lead channels (or 18 watts clean and 10 watts for the distortion channels in small gigs). What is the sound like? Try a Marshall 50 Watt plexi cranked to 10, but without killing people. Actually, I like this better! More gain can be had, if you want it. If you think you need more than 36 watts, mic it. I can manipulate it enough to sound great with both my Les Paul and my Strat. I am completely enamored with this little head AND it is so easy to carry around. The effects loop works well with my Fx pedals. The reverb is remarkably good for a non-spring. My only complaint: the tone controls don't have as wide of a range of change as I would prefer.

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