Hughes & Kettner Duotone Head
Hughes & Kettner Duotone Head

Duotone Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Hughes & Kettner in the Duotone series.

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iamqman 07/13/2011

Hughes & Kettner Duotone Head : iamqman のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

"Duo most tone"

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This a German company who designs high quality guitar amps for touring musicians and the average consumer. They guitar amps that range from just a few hundred dollars to several thousand. The have a flagship amplifier and this is it. The Trimap from Hughes and Kettner.

Some big names have pickup amps from Hughes and Kettner including Alex Lifeson from the band Rush and Tommy Thayer from the band Kiss. Those two gentlemen have their own signature models but they have used been great artist for this company.

This is the amp that is favored by Tommy Thayer. Tommy is best known for his contribution to the band Kiss but he also helped to form the band Black N Blue in the early 80's. This was a hair metal ban that was based out of Portland Oregon.


Channels Clean, Overdrive + Boost
Power 100 Watts
Poweramp 4x EL34
Preamp 5x 12AX7
Effects Loop parallel
Footswitch/Stageboard 3-way footswitsch (FS-Duotone) included
Switching Functions Overdrive, Master 2, Boost
Special Features 2nd Lead Master built in - they´ll hear your solo!
Speaker Outputs 1x 4 Ohms, 1x 8 / 2x 16 Ohms, 1x 16 Ohms
Suggested Speaker Cabinet CC 412 A/B 25
Protective Cover included
Dimensions 750 x 320 x 250 mm
Weight 24 kg/53 lbs
External Fuse (Anode) 1x T 1A
Fuses 230V: T 2,5A, 120V: SB 4A, 100V: T 4A


This amp is the little brother to the Triamp from Hughes and Kettner. This is a two channel amp with an extra boost option. You get a solid clean tone for one channel and even a good crunch in this channel. Next you have a distortion channel which has a option to boost for even more sustain and gain.

This amp is a modern classic rock beast. The voicing of this amp is pure classic rock. Even though it can get to modern styles with the heavy amounts of distortion and boost, it still is very classic rock. The tone is a British flavored tone which is right up Kiss's ally. So this amp fits the tone of that Band very well.

Use a nice Gibson Les Paul like Tommy and you'll be rocking in Detroit. These amps take pedal very well so the effects loop is a nice convenience for delays and other effects


At new these amps come in right around $2700. Not a bad price for a boutique amp with multiple channels. I have seen this amp new at some other online retailers for $2300. So they can be had pretty good for boutique prices. If you are classic rock guy and want the vintage tone with modern twists then this is a great amp to achieve that sound.