Hughes & Kettner COREBLADE
100W 4-Channel Tube Amplifier Head with Digital Effects


COREBLADE is the flagship of Hughes & Kettner's line of programmable tube amps.  Packing a whopping 100 watts, the head delivers tough tone, unbridled dynamic response, and an explosive punch.

Two of the four channels are voiced to offer completely different high-gain alternatives.  The amp sports a phenomenally versatile Drive channel and a Clean channel offering plenty of headroom.  Boost is separately switchable, and three effect modules may be used simultaneously for each per channel.  The precise and musical IDB noise gate is available for all channels.  The power amp feedback circuit reconfigures to tap the full sonic potential of each channel.

Programmable and maintenance-free PRN (Programmable Resistor Network) potentiometers are the most sophisticated analog sound-shaping tools.  Engineered to deliver a lifetime of service without becoming scratchy, these knobs let you tweak each of the four channels fully independently - no two channels share a single knob.  All Gain, EQ, Presence, Resonance, and similar settings may be stored in 128 presets and retrieved with a simple toe-tap.  Best of all, every sound is tube-powered.  An included MIDI board affords easy access to presets.  What's more, the COREBLADE is the first tube amp worldwide that downloads presets directly to USB sticks and uploads new presets at the touch of a button.

The on-board effects enhance tone without sacrificing integrity.  The innovative IPM (Inversed Parallel Modulation) circuit lets you blend the wet signal in with the dry, dialing in not only reverb and delay, but also chorus, phaser, flanger, and even tremolo.  The guitar's signal stays in the analog domain from the input jack to the speaker out, with all its punch, power, and dynamic range remaining intact.  The automatic IDB (Intelligent Dual Breakpoint) circuit outperforms conventional noise gates by simultaneously gauging levels at the input jack and the preamp's output.

Developed by Hughes & Kettner's team of tube specialists, TSC (Tube Safety Control) is a power tube management circuit that automatically biases the amp to ensure stable sound and long tube life.  It also shuts down defective tubes to get you through the gig, and indicates ratings to make tube selection an exercise in convenience.  TSC even lets you run EL34 and 6L6GC tubes simultaneously.

Hughes & Kettner COREBLADE Features:

  • Four independent channels
  • Three parallel FX modules
  • An intelligent noise gate
  • Automatic power tube management
  • Analog programming technology

    Hughes & Kettner COREBLADE Specifications:

    • Channels: Clean, Drive, Ultra I, Ultra II
    • Power: 100 Watts
    • Poweramp: Shipped with 4x EL34, but also 6L6GC applicables
    • Preamp: 3x 12AX7
    • Modeling: None
    • Effects: 3 independant Digital-FX processors: Reverb, Delay,Modulation (Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo)
    • Effects Loop: serial/parallel
    • MIDI: built in
    • Footswitch/Stageboard: MIDI-Board FSM-432 MKII included
    • Switching Functions: 4xPreset, Bank up, Bank down, Tap Delay
    • Special Features: All Controls are fully programmable; Adjustable Noisegate; USB-Backup; Tube Safety Control (TSC)
    • Presets: 128 user presets
    • Speaker Outputs: 1x 4 Ohms or 2 x 8 Ohms; 1x 8 Ohms or 2x 16 Ohms; 1x16 Ohms
    • Suggested Speaker Cabinet: MC 412 CL
    • Dimensions: 742 x 270 x 254 mm
    • Weight: 40.12 lbs. (18.2 kg)
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