Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Twelve 1x12" Combo Guitar Amp


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A steel fist in a velvet glove, the Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Twelve delivers all the tonal subtleties of a TubeMeister with a glorious punch that will rock your audience.

In an inspired moment, Mr. Hughes and Herr Kettner decided to pack all their knowledge and over a quarter of a century's passion for tube tone into a remarkably compact amp. This beautifully engineered instrument came to be called the TubeMeister. A dream of a tone-generating machine, it goes from clean to mean and from a roar to a whisper, shaking the planks on stage, tingling spines in the studio, and raising goose bumps in the still of night.

Serving up three different sounds at the touch of a footswitch, the Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Twelve is the go-to guitar amp for gigging. Its four-step power soak brings the sound of the big stage into small clubs and your own four walls. And courtesy of the built-in Red Box and silent recording capability, you can lay down pro-quality tracks at any time day or night.

The 12" RockDriver Classic 60 speaker was custom-designed specifically for the compact TubeMeister 18 Twelve housing. It is a steel fist in a velvet glove, delivering all the tonal subtleties of a TubeMeister with a punch that will rock your world.

  • Digital Spring Reverb
  • 1x12" Rockdriver Classic 60 speaker, 16 Ω
  • Warm tube tone with phenomenal dynamic range that sweeps from sparkling clean to throaty crunch
  • Harmonically rich tube distortion and the gain reserves to go from edgy overdrive to soaring lead sounds
  • Re-voices Lead to summon modern high-gain sound that pairs plenty of punch with endless sustain
  • Passive voicing section tweaked to evoke the best frequency response out of each channel
  • Preamp section sporting two 12AX7 tubes
  • Push-pull power amp that pumps out stage-approved 18 watts
  • Oversized transformers with tons of headroom
  • TSC-protected power amp featuring auto-bias and status LED
  • Footswitch connection enabling remote channel switching and Boost actuation
  • Serial FX loop for adding effects-flavored spice to the sonic stew
  • Quad-stage power soak with silent recording capability
  • Balanced Red Box Out with authentic speaker emulation
  • Soft-Cover included

Order your Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Twelve 1x12" Combo Guitar Amp from Sam Ash Direct today with the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy, and be sure to take advantage of our fast, free shipping.

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  • Combo Guitar Amp
  • Soft Cover


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Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18 Twelve 1X12" Combo Guitar Amp

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Great Amp!


from San Francisco, CA

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  • 12" Speaker
  • 2 channels
  • All Tube
  • Power Soak
  • Versitility


  • Reverb On Back Of Amp

Best Uses

  • Live Gig
  • Practice
  • Recording

Comments about Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18 Twelve 1X12" Combo Guitar Amp:

After using a variety of amps over the years, I know what I lean towards when it comes to tone, sound quality, features, and simplicity when I play. Since I live in a condo, the need for a lower power and sized amp fit my needs best. Not too much info or reviews on this amp, since it just came out earlier this year. Could mainly find info and video review for the Tubemeister 18 w/ 10" speaker. One of the complaints about the original Tubemeister 18 combo amp was that it should have a 12" speaker instead of the 10". Ironically, the demo's I saw for the head version of the Tubemeister 18 amp were usually played through a 12" cabinet or larger. The price difference between this amp and the original version was worth it.
To determine whether or not I was willing to take the chance on this amp I went to a local music store and tried out the only H&K amp they had just get an idea. It was a Tubemeister 36 head through a 12" speaker cabinet. Happy with what I heard, I took a chance and bought the 18 Twelve online. The amp had everything I wanted on paper... and needless to say... it turned out to be what I wanted. I've been playing if for over a month. I use Gibson guitars, an SG, Les Paul Studio, and a Firebird, and they sound great through this amp. At home I will mainly use the 1 watt setting. It's plenty loud enough. I often tempt angering the neighbors with the 5 watt setting as well. I would have to say, for me this amp has the sound and versatility I want. However, it may not be for everyone. Up until now my favorite amps have been Marshall and Fender. To me, the lead channel on this amp has some similar Marshall crunch, perhaps a little more of a modern version. Some negative reviews have commented saying it was too buzzy... I would say play with knobs on the amp as well as your guitar. My amp is not buzzy at all. In fact it's dead quiet when sitting idle. No hiss, no buzz, or strange crackling sounds that some lower priced tube amps can have. The cleans may not be as buttery as a fender, but to me it has a bit more of a chimeyness similar to that of a Vox amp.
Another complaint I've read online, was that the reverb is weak. I'll admit, it would be nice to have just a little bit more range in the reverb, but unless you want to sound like you're inside a huge cavern, the reverb is fine. It is a bit odd that the reverb knob is located on the back of the amp though. Not a big deal. You also can't turn on/off the reverb with the separate footswitch. After using a variety of amps over the years, I know what I lean towards when it comes to tone, sound quality, features, and simplicity when I play.
I bought this mainly for home use, but If I want to get out again, jam with some friends, or in a venue with a group... I know I have enough power to do so. Could even plug straight into a PA system. I would have to say for what this amp cost, not including the foot switch is kind of cheaping out a bit. Was concerned about the made in China, along with the made in china tubes, but seems well built, and the tubes sound pretty good to me. Could always swap them out to give a slight change of character if I choose later. All in all, I'm happy with my purchase

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The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for two years and labor for two years from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.