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Hughes & Kettner Core Blade 100w Guitar Head Amplifier

Core Blade Guitar Head Amplifier

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Product Description for the Hughes & Kettner Core Blade 100w Guitar Head Amplifier

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. Clearly stoked about this four-channel amp’s advantages, here’s what metal meister Jeff Waters has to say: "This amp has everything a metal guitarist needs. And I had always loved the idea of the programming aspect being introduced into real tube guitar amps. But no one had ever perfected it. Until now!"

Four independent channels, three parallel FX modules, an intelligent noise gate, automatic power tube management, and analog programming technology – all this adds up to an awe-inspiring arsenal of merciless sounds. And that makes COREBLADE the top-notch tube amp of choice for modern metal axe-slingers. Grind your axe, indeed!

Wicked Tone

Two of the four channels are voiced to offer completely different high-gain alternatives. Beyond that, the amp sports a phenomenally versatile Drive channel and a Clean channel offering oodles of headroom. Boost is separately switchable and three effect modules may be used simultaneously for each per channel. The ultra precise, remarkably musical IDB noise gate is available for all channels. The power amp feedback circuit reconfigures to tap the full sonic potential of each channel, evoking sounds that do everything from sparkle and chime to sing and scream. Jackhammer riffs, full-blown metal madness and more, you get wicked tone galore.

No Compromises in Tone Control

Programmable and maintenance-free PRN (Programmable Resistor Network) potentiometers are the most sophisticated analog sound-shaping tools. Only Hughes & Kettner has mastered the science of these elaborate knobs to benefit your art. Engineered to deliver a lifetime of service without ever becoming scratchy, these knobs let you tweak each of the four channels fully independently. No two channels share even 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 purely tube-powered - no modeling here! An included MIDI board affords easy access to presets. What’s more, COREBLADE is the first tube amp worldwide that downloads presets directly to USB sticks and uploads new presets at the touch of a button.

Superb Sound-Sculpting Tools

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. Every strike of a string means something, and our engineers developed a superior noise gate to get the musical message across in all its dynamic complexity. The automatic IDB (Intelligent Dual Breakpoint) circuit outperforms conventional noise gates by simultaneously gauging levels at the input jack and the preamp’s output. Used as a radical stylistic device on stage or as a sensitive noise suppressor in the studio, its response always remains musical.

Unique Tube Tone Customizing

Developed by our 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! Tube tone customizing doesn’t get any easier or more gratifying than this.


  • Channels Clean, Drive, Ultra I, Ultra II
  • Power 100 Watts
  • Poweramp Shipped with 4x EL34, but also 6L6GC applicables
  • Preamp 3x 12AX7
  • Modeling No
  • 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; 1x 16 Ohms
  • Suggested Speaker Cabinet MC 412 CL
  • Dimensions 742 x 270 x 254 mm
Brand Hughes and Kettner
Weight 41.8800
Dimensions (WxHxD) 29.68" x 135" x 127"

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