Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 - 36/18/5/1-watt Tube Head

36/18/5/1-watt All-tube Guitar Amplifier Head with 3 Channels, Reverb, Effects Loop, MIDI Switching, Built-in Red Box DI, and Power Soak
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Toneful Tube Amp with a Built-in Power Soak

Discover a new level of amp control with the Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 head 3-channel guitar amplifier. Far from a one-trick pony, the TubeMeister 36 Head offers on-the-fly flexibility rarely seen in an all-tube amp. Dial in your perfect sound for each channel by choosing between 36 watts, 18 watts, 5 watts, 1 watt, or speaker off mode. Did we mention you can choose your power output mode instantly via MIDI switching? Very cool. Add reverb, an effects loop, and a Tube Safety Control, and you're ready for any gig. Grab the Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Head guitar amp and start rocking out today!

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Tube Head Guitar Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Rich all-tube tone that's perfect for any gig
  • Take complete control of the TubeMeister 36 via footswitch
  • Killer DI tone right from your amp
Rich all-tube tone that's perfect for any gig

A quartet of EL84 power tubes delivers everything from glassy cleans to volcanic-eruption lead tones in the Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 head. With three channel at your disposal, you only need one amp onstage. Variable power output makes the TubeMeister 36 perfect for live, studio, or at playing home. You can set the power section to push 36 watts, 18 watts, 5 watts, 1 watt, or even no speaker. Besides making this amp perfect for pretty much every situation, you can set each channels power output. It's like having three separate amps in one. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer to find out more about the incredibly flexible Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 head amplifier.

Take complete control of the TubeMeister 36 via footswitch

A tube amp with MIDI built in? Yep. The Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 head's MIDI switching controls its power soak. With the optional FSM 432 MK II MIDI footswitch you can switch channels and power outputs instantly. Run the clean channel at 36 watts for a full, clean sound; run the crunch channel at 5 watts with the master dimed to get that great power tube overdrive; run the lead channel at 18 watts for some powerful, high-gain mayhem. Another cool feature of the TubeMeister 36 head is the TSC (Tube Safety Control). This amp-saving device constantly monitors your power tubes and adjusts the bias so you get the best sound possible. It also takes failing power tubes out of the circuit to protect your your amp and lets you see the status of your tubes at a glance. The Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 head guitar amp is a guitarist's best friend.

Killer DI tone right from your amp

The Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 head amp features the Redbox DI, making it ideal for silent recording or sending to a live mixer. The Redbox DI authentically emulates a miked 4 x 12" cabinet via a balanced line signal. Combine this with the TubeMeister's speaker off mode and you have the perfect studio tool any time of the day or night. Or, add the DI to a miked cabinet track for larger-than-life sound. Onstage or in the studio, the Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 head amplifier delivers the tones you want and need.

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Tube Head Guitar Amplifier Features:
  • 36 watts of pure guitar tone
  • 3 channels with 3-band EQ, gain, and master volume
  • Variable power output is perfect for recording and onstage use
  • MIDI switching lets you switch channels and wattages on the fly
  • Built-in Redbox DI gives you great tone anywhere
  • Tube Safety Control continually monitors your power tubes and optimizes them for the best tone
  • Footswitchable onboard reverb
  • Effects loop for hooking up your favorite pedals and effects
Take total and complete control of your amp with the TubeMeister 36 head!

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
TubeMeister 36 - 36 Watt Tube Head User Manual

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 3
Total Power 36W
Reverb Yes
EQ 3-band
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 4 x EL84
Inputs 1 x TS
Outputs 1 x TS
Effects Loop Yes
Footswitch I/O Yes
Height 6.73"
Width 17.55"
Depth 5.98"
Weight 16.98 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number TM36H

Customer Reviews

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Incredible tone!

If you are a tone junky, don't look any further than the tubemeister 36. Picked this up after years with another name brand tube amp and wish I did it sooner. This amp is very articulate and insanely fun to play. Although I love tube spring reverb, this digital setup is almost as good. Especially since it mellows out in the crunch and overdrive settings avoiding a muddier sound common with reverb and overdrive. I have read other reviews about changing tubes to help but I personally don't think it's necessary. Obviously different tubes lend towards different tones, but don't think for a second the stock tubes won't do the job well. The power soak is a huge reason i bought the amp and it does exactly as advertised. From 36 watts to 1 watt, this amp keeps its voicing perfectly. I haven't used the redbox yet but have read good things. If you have a chance to play it, do it. If not, don't lose any sleep ordering it based on reviews. You will not be disappointed! So stop over thinking your decision and buy this amp. As always Sweetwater did an exceptional job from start to finish. The head and 1x12 cab showed up in perfect condition on time. Nothing but good experiences with them.

Beyond expectations

First I would like to mention Adam Szmurlo , My personal sales engineer ,He is a pleasure to work with Thanks Adam! This is one killer Amp, It cuts through the mix, It sounds damned good, The Midi input works great. I run a Midi-Moose - to Alesis Quadraverb- thru to the midi input of the TubeMeister 36 , Allows me to switch channels Clean-Crunch-Lead and the Quadraverb programs simutaniousely , I can do this 126 times if I like HA! Another thing about Hughes & Kettner is they ship this unit with a very durable gig bag , ( Almost an insult to call it a bag) For those having trouble with Midi, I made the mistake of plugging my cable in and the pins were not aligned. no harm done it just did not work. I recommend this amp , it suits my needs sonically and has a great sound of its own.

Amazingly Flexible Amp

This amp is everything I hoped it would be and more. Programing the MIDI was a snap and 24 hours after purchase it is fully intergrated into my MIDI setup. I bought the 212 CAB and the sounds is just beatiful. Cant wait to use it in a live setting this weekend.
Music background: Working musician

Great lunch box amp

This is my first low wattage amp. But let me tell you this amp does not lack in power at all. With the ability to run 36,18,5,and 1 watt. And direct to the board you have so many options to get the tone you are looking for.. The clean Chanel is the most impressive on my take. It have a gain and master volume so you can get some great crunch tones. And with 3 channels you have tones galore to choose from. And you wont lack any high gain setting as well. I run this through a custom 212 custom cab and it sounds great..
Music background: pro

Great tone

Unpacked and plugged the Tubemeister 36 into the matched 1x12 cabs and took it for a ride with my deluxe american fat strat. No effects,100% amp and guitar. Results: Clean channel full and articulate, not too bright or brittle, for me, it was just right. Very deep and round. Crunch channel delivers 80's rock riff tone without any loss of note detail. Lead channel gives solid sustain and boost, will doubtless cut through the mix when needed. Verdict: all around great performance out of the box on all channels. Dialed in levels using the power soak feature (common on most amps these days) and was able to switch between channels using the midi footswitch seamlessly. Easy to program the switch, and onboard reverb adds to the overall tone.Note: Midi FS sold separate and is a must have. I was able to get a demo of the mkII, if none are left, the mkIII is coming out soon.Next i hooked up my pedal board. A ts808 tubescreamer made the clean channel sound like CCR or the Stones right out of the gate-quickly becoming my go to sound for classic rock rhythm. The ts808 on crunch channel turns it into a lead ala SRV or ZZTop. Lead channel needs no extra OD.Amp responds well to all modulation effects and wah.I've played the same Vox set up for 15 yrs and this new H&K rig floors me. Highly reccomend. I'll be back after 3 mokf gigging to post an update after the honeymoon phase.
Music background: Gigging and studio musician

Sweetwater Advice

Charlie Davis

The Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 is a great sounding, versatile amplifier. Its three channels each have a wide range of tones and selectable power. I used it for a session recently, and it exceeded all my expectations. One of my favorite things was the built-in Red Box DI. This helped us get real amp tones direct into Pro Tools, without worrying about amp bleed into the drum mics. Overall, a great multi-purpose amp that will be at home on stage or in any studio.
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