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Hughes & Kettner debuts COREBLADE All-Tube Amplifiers

Posted by sarabdeep Saturday, September 26, 2009

In succession of the highly popular SWITCHBLADE TSC Hughes & Kettner proudly presents COREBLADE, the next evolutionary stage of programmable all-tube guitar amps, especially designed to meet the demands of modern metal guitarists. The head delivers a stalwart 100 watts and combines brutal tone, untamed dynamics and explosive punch with amazing flexibility unequaled by any other tube amp so far. COREBLADE's most prominent features include our exclusive TSC tube management, the all-new IDB noise gate and – as a world premiere – backup the 128 presets to a USB stick without a computer.

COREBLADE is equipped with four channels, two of them voiced to offer completely different high-gain alternatives. Beyond that, the amp sports a versatile drive channel and a clean channel with plenty of headroom. For sound refinement COREBLADE features three first-class effect modules, covering a wide range of standards from authentic spring reverb to chorus and delay. As all effects are added using our unique “Inversed Parallel Modulation“, the guitar signal always stays in the analog domain.


Noise gates are the secret weapons in modern metal sounds. Therefore COREBLADE is the first amp to take advantage of the newly developed IDB™ (Intelligent Dual Breakpoint) noise gate. This cool device simultaneously measures the gain at the input jack and after the preamp, thus being able to react perfectly in any given situation, be it as a radical tool for sound design on stage or as a delicate noise suppressor in the studio.

As the sole amp manufacturer worldwide Hughes & Kettner masters the use maintenance free PRN potentiometers (PRN = programmable resistor network), completely analog rotary knobs with 256 resistor steps which can be digitally accessed. Employing this elaborate technology each of COREBLADE's channels can be set up total independently and all parameters like EQ, gain or presence may be saved and recalled in an instance with the push of a single button. And all this with no digital components in the signal path, mind you. Management of the 128 user presets is easy as a breeze with the included MIDI floorboard.

The TSC (Tube Saftey Control) power amp management, introduced with SWITCHBLADE earlier this year, automatically adjusts the bias, takes care of defective valves (emergency switch-off) and displays the tubes' characterists at the rear of the amplifier. TSC accepts EL34 and 6L6 tubes, even in mixed operation – which means personal tube customizing without limits!

The MC412CL is a new 4x12“ cabinet, especially crafted for COREBLADE. Oversized and made of even stronger wood, it is loaded with Celestion Classic Leads and handles 320 watts at 8 ohms, thus converting the amp's primal power into massive sound pressure.

For more information, please visit www.hughes-and-kettner.com

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