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Hughes & Kettner Warp X Guitar Head
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A walloping 120W power, a pure tube signal path, and ingenious effects routing make the Warp X a dream machine for modern-day metal riffmeisters. It ...Click To Read More About This Product
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A dark, merciless metal engine to power your riffs.
A walloping 120W power, a pure tube signal path, and ingenious effects routing make the Warp X a dream machine for modern-day metal riffmeisters. It features a Clean channel with big, bold, and crisp tone alongside the feral, savage Warp channel. It has 3-band EQ, Presence, and Volume for each channel, with Lube, Presence, and Sub for the Clean channel and Gain for the Warp channel. Effects loop can be run parallel/serial/-10dB.
- 120W power
- All-tube 6L6 power amp
- All-tube 12AX7/ECC83 preamp
- Clean and Warp channels
- Clean channel: Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, Lube, Presence, Sub
- Warp channel: Volume, Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence
- Master Volume
- Effects loop: parallel/serial/-10dB
- 1/4" input, effects send, effects return, footswitch, and speaker jacks
- Footswitchable channels (footswitch included)
- 25-1/2"W x 9-3/4"H x 9-3/4"D
- 45-1/8 lbs.
A glance through the transparent front panel at the infernal glow of 8 red-hot tubes says it all, loudly & proudly! Order your Warp X now!
Reviewed by 5 customers
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I have owned this amp for 2 years. I play in a thrash metal band. I have been playing guitar for 30 years. The amp is advertised as a nu metal amp. However, I think that is can be adjusted for any type of metal. I play an ESP Eclipse Standard II guitar with this amp. I tune to D standard and, at times, dropped C. The high gain channel is brutal. The EMG 81 (bridge) on the ESP makes the high gain channel on this amp sizzle in a very good way. The clean channel was a big surprise. The clean amp sounds great using both the EMG-81 (bridge) and EMG-60 (neck) PUPs. I do not use any effects with this amp. This is a loud amp. As with all good tube amps, the amp really comes alive at high volumes. The high gain channel is a little noisy without a noise suppressor. Also, I use a patch cable as a jumper cable for the effects loop. This turns the effects loop into a lead boost that can be triggered by the foot pedal. I love the simplicity of the amp.
Ive used this amp live, in the studio, and at low volumes at home. The only comparison ive found is the "mesa dual rectifier" and and "krank" amps. but I dont think they have as good of an effects loop. You efinently cant go wrong with the marshall 1960 cab with this head. The G12 Celestion speakers destrow the vintage 30's for metal. One more tip, buy a maxon OD808 overdrive pedal, run direct (not through the effects loop), turn the overdrive knob all the way down, turn the the balance knob all the way up! As far as tube driven metal goes you will destroy everything!!!
I compared the Warp X amp with 3 other amps a Carvin Legacy, Randall V2, and a Marshall JCM800 2203 Vintage Series. I had all 3 of these amps at the same time. I used a Legacy cabinet with 4 Celestion Vintage 30 Speakers with a G-Major effects processor. The Marshall and the Legacy sounded bad without effects and bad with effects very flat and cheap sounding. The Randall sounded almost as good as the Warp X without effects. With effects is where these two amps separated in sound quality. The Warp X's sound quality with effects was pure, it didn't change the natural sound of the amp. The Randall sounded a little flat and didn't really compare at all.The Warp X is without doubt the best sounding amp I have ever owned.
I've seen a professional band play on one of these amps. It sounded really good. really clean crisp distortion, great for metal. It could have a little more gain though. The clean was okay too. You shouldn't buy this amp just from looking at the reviews on it. Go find a place where you can try it out.
I have been playing guitar for about a year now. I know, a beginner looking for expert gear, but this was different. After about a few months of learning, I finally got my shot at performing with my band at my school's dances and the talent shows. This is by far on of the coolest-looking heads out there; all the knobs and switches have red LED borders around them and show it of. And those aren't just for showing it off, the 120W, though a little too powerful for and average auditorium, sounded every 1 of my notes with such solid and such tone that I thought I was playing Bad Horsie instead of Seek And Destroy. The clean is about as crystal as you can get with good sustain and solid tone. The OD has so many settings that it takes as much time to save up for it to get the sound you want. My only complaint is that there are numerous tube and solid amp combos and stand-alone heads that have about the same sound for a fraction of the price. I would definitely recommend this head to those who want to show off and turn their performance into more of a techno light show that a regular gig.