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Hughes & Kettner Tubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station Condition 1 - Mint

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A new version of the acclaimed Tubeman has revamped circuitry for even greater expressiveness and response. With 3 channels for clean, crunch, and le...Click To Read More About This Product

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Go straight to the console with rich tube-amp sound!

A new version of the acclaimed Tubeman has revamped circuitry for even greater expressiveness and response. With 3 channels for clean, crunch, and lead. Its speaker simulation has been upgraded to match that of the new Red Box Pro. 3-band EQ and a voicing control in channel 3. It performs channel switches instantly and free of clicks, and has output both to the mixer and to a power amp.

FEATURES
  • Tube pre-amp with 12AX7 tube
  • Master three-band EQ
  • Rugged metal housing for use on desk or on the floor
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Hughes & KettnerTubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Compact (3)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

Reviewed by 13 customers

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sounds great and very flexible

By Dan Crawford

from Arizona

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Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station:

I love this pedal. I use it live for gigs. I play out between 2 and 4 nights a week. I use this as my amp. The direct out sounds great going right into the board. I use the red MXR compressor in front of everything to smooth out the sound and give it the cranked tube amp sensation. It really gives it a realistic soft feel. I set the compressor with the left dial at 3 o'clock and the right dial at 9 o'clock. I think that is the key to making this pedal sound great - using a little compression on the front end.

I keep it simple. I use an overdrive pedal for slight crunch on the clean channel or I use the clean channel raw for a great tube clean with a slight clip. The second channel I crank up the gain for a chunkier sound. The lead channel has a ton of gain. I only turn it up to 6 and it is plenty. I'm not a metal player, but if you are there is more than enough gain to do the job.

If you add a bit of verb or delay it really brings the pedal to life. I use a verb and delay after the output, then into the board. You can go direct as well. It sounds great totally raw, yet with verb it feels more dynamic.

I've been playing a Tele with two Seth Lover Seymour Duncan Humbuckers. That guitar with this pedal give me the sound that is the classic rock sound you have heard a thousand times on the radio. It is THE rock tone. Sounds a lot like the Angus tone on Back In Black or early Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Slash or Cream. I don't use a lot of gain and get a very defined sound. This pedal delivers. I had a friend that works for Fender come out the first week I used this rig, and he said it was the best live tone he has ever heard period.

Low gain to ultra high gain - this pedal does it. Just compress your signal slightly on the front end and you will be amazed at the sound this pedal creates. This is the best purchase I have made in a long time.
I like the simeple features. Clean channel 1 just has volume. Dirty channel 2 has volume and gain. Lead channel 3 has volume, gain and voicing. Simple 3 band EQ and master out is easy to use. Sounds great direct. It would be nice to have an XLR out as well.
Heavy Duty German Design.
A bit pricy, but you get what you pay for.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Real Tone

By wolf

from Butte, MT

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Direct to PA scenarios
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station:

    The quality of tone that comes out of this little package is great and is the reason why I got it. There is no way around great tube tone. ALL modelers fall short of the real thing. It was very easy to dial great sounds on channels one and two. Channel 3 was a bit trickier. Since it shares an eq for all three channels you have to find one eq that works for all three channels which is easy enough. The problem I found is kind of two fold I think the third channel may have a bit too much gain saturation to get some sounds and the voicing knob is almost a waste of space. It kind of acts as a mid-frequency sweep knob, but not exactly. I think a standard presence knob may have been a more effective way to shape the tone. Again, being a tone freak, I was able to get good sounds out of channel 3 but it takes some tweaking. 1 and 2 sound just like a real tube amp. 3 lacks a bit of the depth and the lack of the power amp tubes is most evident to me on this channel. The red box speaker simulator is great. I have to run direct to the PA in some of the scenarios I play and having been spoiled for the last 7 years playing through a Mesa Road King I wasn't prepared to sacrifice great tube tone. I had heard Line-6 POD and other multi-effect processors but they all sound fake and plastic. You don't give a chef an easybake oven and expect 5 star results. This unit really delivers the goods, real tube amp tone in a stompbox sized package. Two things that really surprised me was the ease at balancing the volume between channels and how using the master volume knob acts just as it would warming up and adding a bit of gain to the entire preamp instead of simply being a way to manage your output level. I would highly reccomend this for direct recording/live Direct to PA situations. Great Job!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    good stuff!

    By laissez_unfaire

    from Soldotna, AK

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station:

    sounds great! the only critique I have is about the power supply it comes with. The adapter plug-in on the tubeman wont fit any 12 volt adapter other than the one supplied by H&K. So if you lose or break the adapter then youre screwed unless you can find another H&K adapter.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    where's the power switch and XLR out?

    By doctorvague

    from New Mexico

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station:

    This thing sounds excellent. I've owned the Vox Tonelab and original Pod and have heard some others. This gets about 90-95% of a real tube amp sound. It's built like a tank, but for this much money though where is the on-off switch? Ditto for XLR out, after all it's for recording isn't it? That's a glaring omission IMO. Also no instructions for changing the tube. Other than that, I love it.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AMAZING tone

    By Warrior Instruments SUCKS

    from Waco, TX

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    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station:

    i own two tube amps, a soldano and a marshall both of which are amazing so decided i didnt need this pedal anymore and sold it..... HUGE mistake... a friend told me immediately after to NEVER sell tone and damn was he right... i miss it dearly because it just plain sounds GOOD.... the three channels give so many options i used it for a crystal clean, a clean boost and a heavy dist. and once i joined a band with another guitarist i bumped up what i was using as a clean boost to a smooth overdrive and the third for its designed solo usage... honestly get this pedal it is expensive but it is worth it.. and once you get one NEVER SELL IT... also works well in front of your tube to alter the breakup a little... just get it....

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect for home recording and domestic bliss

    By Tubey Doo

    from Canada

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station:

    This box delivers a quality tone for home recording. I was close micing my 30-watt combo amp, but that was waking up the wife and kid. Now I am now recording direct with this and the tone quality is very comparable to the combo. I agree it would be great to pop new/different tubes in and out, but the tube tone and speaker emulator make up for that. Once you add a bit of studio reverb it sounds realistic. I especially love cranking up the first channel up to about 3 or 4 o'clock .. great for front pick up blues leads and really hammering jangle chords on a tele or strat.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent tone worth the dosh

    By Chris-.Spj9

    from Lincoln Uk

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station:

    This box rocks, I have tried lots of different products and this really delivers the goods.

     
    4.0

    Good light overdrive, crunch, and distortion, but no bypass

    By Bedroom Guitar God

    from Sacramento

    About Me Novice

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Other overdrive pedals sound good into Ch 1
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Difficult to integrate into a pedalboard
    • No bypass ("Clean" Ch1 is lightly overdriven)
    • Not particularly compact (nearly 9" wide & deep)
    • Powered by a 12V wall-wort style power supply

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station:

    This pedal, while not perfect, is versatile in offering 3 channels. Ch1 is light overdrive, Ch2 is a rock crunch, and Ch3 is a distorted lead tone. I'd describe the base tone as good, not too muddy, and not too bright, however the onboard EQ section is essential unless you have similar bands of EQ following this pedal. For my taste, the mids need to be pushed pretty much all the way up for it to sound right. (For speaker emulation I'm using a Neunaber Iconoclast, which has a much more subtle EQ section.) With the EQ on the Tubeman adjusted to my taste, the basic sound is big and present, though that presence can veer onto the side of sounding a bit harsh at times, regardless of EQ setting. The amazing thing with this pedal is that it is the first I have found that works well with mild overdrives placed before it, in particular the Klon emulation I have from a different unit. Stacking such an overdrive with the Tubeman only seems to work well into Ch1 of the Tubeman, but it transforms it from Creedence Clearwater Revival into Def Leppard, a very modern rock kind of sound. I have found other (and smaller) pedals that work well only as the sole overdrive/distortion unit in the chain, such as Radial's Hot British (great for all kinds of Marshall-y hard rock), Mad Professor Amber Overdrive and Pro-Co Rat (for leads), and Blackstar Dist-X (for super heavy modern rock distorted scooped tones). However this is the first pedal I have found to work well with light overdrive placed ahead of it. Ch 1 also does that lightly distorted classic rock sound very well, which I think is rare to find in a pedal.

    As for the negatives: 1. This pedal has no bypass since the "Clean" channel (Ch 1) is actually somewhat overdriven. 2. At nearly 9" x 9" x 3" this pedal is rather large. 3. Requires a 12V at least 700mA wall-wart style power supply (included). 4. Because of points 1 ,2, & 3, this pedal can be cumbersome or impractical to integrate into a pedal board.

     
    5.0

    Nice Unit

    By Scuzzy

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station:

      This is a very nice sounding unit. It has some very nice tube shred to it.......I just find myself wishing that units like this could also incorporate a "push - pull" stage on the output, like a real amp does. I know that would greatly increase the cost, and would probably mean the addition of several components. (I was using a "lunchbox" head to accomplish this, but she went up in smoke before my very eyes). Don't get my wrong - this bad boy sounds quite nice, and it IS a keeper. The one thing that DID bum me out, was when I went to register for the warranty online. You will be surprised to learn that the warranty is NOT available to people in the USA or Russia, however everyone ELSE in the world can have it. What's up with that?
      I have no idea why H & K would do that.....seems kinda discriminatory to me!

       
      5.0

      It doesn't get better!

      By Stan J

      from Asbury Park nj / Los Angeles / Nashville

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Reacts like no modeler or multi fx is capable of
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station:

        This unit is beyond superb. I am a professional musician, engineer/ producer and touring live performance. I am also a tone nut. I own a multitude of great amps suitable to any of my needs, but I can say without hesitation that between the h&k, my brain, heart and fingers, I would have NO problem using this device as my sole amplifier in ANY application. Buy it, learn it, then make your music with it. That's all that matters, innit?

         
        5.0

        A nice clean direct box alternative for a Fender tube amp!

        By Rob

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Not an all in one solution.

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station:

        I was initially "meh" about this box. I own the Ethos Clean and the Tech 21 Sansamp Character Blonde. I was very happy with those pedals in a chain with EHX Black Finger. I read about the Hughes & Kettner and grabbed it on sale. Although for gutsy rhythm playing, those other boxes may be ideal but for finger picking and clear, chiming sounds, the Hughes & Kettner is a clear winner, especially with the Black Finger following it in a chain. One thing to note is this pedal is NOT an all-in-one solution for direct recording. A bit of verb (I like the Earthquaker Dispatch Master) and compression (Black Finger is especially good) will get you 95% of what you would have gotten with your Fender tube amp.

         
        5.0

        It's everything they say it is

        By ckota

        from Aurora, IL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station:

          I normally play through my Mesa Express, but I wanted something that would give me that kind of over-driven sound going directly into my DAW. I'd been using a Rivera RockCrusher and got pretty good results doing direct recording. The Tubeman, however, gives me the sound I want and is much easier to use. You can go direct to a board and you won't miss your amp. The EQ controls are very effective, and the voicing control on channel 3 is awesome. All in all, a terrific piece of equipment, and well worth the money. It's also built like a tank. I've always been curious about H&K amps, and now it looks like I may actually get one, based on my experience with the Tubeman.

          (0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent

          By beny

          from ny

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubeman Tube-Driven 3-Channel Guitar Recording Station:

          I love this pedal

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