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  • Hughes & Kettner Trilogy - I am loving it! Review

    Ok I ordered a Hughes & Kettner Trilogy on September 2nd and it arrived Wednesday morning.

    Opened up the box, it was bigger, heavier and better looking than I imagined...but that stuff doesn't matter...

    After frantiically rewiring my cab from stereo to mono I plugged it in and started strumming a few chords on the clean channel and started adjusting the controls.

    First thing I noticed. It pretty much sounds good no matter where the controls are. I've been using mesa gear for about 4 years exclusively (50/50+Studio Pre, Mark IV, TriAxis+2:90) and I couldn't remember the last time I was instantly gratified with the sound of an amp...Mesa's are friggen hard to tinker with, I don't even want to think about the time I gigged with my Mark IV and my settings card got lost. Anyway, this is no mesa boogie. Which was good I wanted a change...

    Clean Channel:
    So the clean is freaking wonderful. Especially with my strat. I can honestly say and other people confirmed...it's the best sounding cleans I have ever created. The Sparkle sounds great but I find that turning it off is perfect when I need to cut off some highs to compliment vocals.

    Crunch Channel:
    At first I wasn't to sure about this channel without the boost, it took me a while to find just the right amount of gain and eq but after a few minutes of tweaking I was getting an awesome "crunch" sound. It's perfect for strumming chords without sounding muddy, it cuts through and is clear but not painful to the ears at all...it's great sounding low-gain tone that I could never come close to with my TriAxis, I got roughly that tone on Rhy2 on the Mark IV but it was always a little too harsh.

    Now once I dialed in this setting I hit the boost and I was getting amazing blues lead tone. Sort of the messy, lot of mid-range gainy blues is the best description I can think of.

    Lead Channel:
    The high gain sounded similar to a JCM2000 DSL I used to play but had some unique characteristics. I sounds like no amp I've ever played but sounds great. I guess it sounds like an H&K and I like that. The lead tones are extremely awesome and fat.

    Ultra Channel:
    Sounds great. It's not extremely high-gain but it's a lot more than I use. The only real use I have for this channel is when I need the extra hint of volume and gain. I play some moderately high-gain stuff and I still have no reason to turn it past 7-8.



    On all channels the amp sounds great playing chords. It's as if I can always hear individual notes in chords. It exactly the sound I wanted and although I will miss that ole' Mesa sound I was so used to this amp impresses me so much with new kinds of tone I doubt I'll care too much. I spent about $2k on my TriAxis+2:90 used. I spent $1,500 on this amp new and I personally love the tone way more, saved $500 and have pretty much all features I had with the TriAxis.

    I still have a soft spot in my heart for the Mark IV but overall am more happy about the H&K.

    I know I am comparing Apples and Oranges but next time you are looking for a new amp do not over look it. I was almost expecting to be dissapointed and thought about maybe ordering a TriAmp or Duotone instead but I made the right choice. So find one in a store and try it!
    Rig:
    American Deluxe Strat > Digi Whammy > Keeley Comp > Line 6 DL-4 > Egnater Rebel 20 > Egnater 4x12 slanted cab

    Past Loves:
    Engl Screamer Combo
    Marshall DSL100
    H&K Trilogy
    Mesa TriAxis + 2:90
    Mesa Mark IV
    Mesa Mark IIB
    ADA MP-1 Classic + Mesa 50/50

  • #2
    Oh I should also add that my opinions are based on about 3 hours of playing with it alone in my bedroom and two 4 hour long practices with my band
    Rig:
    American Deluxe Strat > Digi Whammy > Keeley Comp > Line 6 DL-4 > Egnater Rebel 20 > Egnater 4x12 slanted cab

    Past Loves:
    Engl Screamer Combo
    Marshall DSL100
    H&K Trilogy
    Mesa TriAxis + 2:90
    Mesa Mark IV
    Mesa Mark IIB
    ADA MP-1 Classic + Mesa 50/50

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    • #3
      I really liked the one I tried out.

      And also, the keeley modded Boss SD1 is a great addition for pretty much any hughes and kettner I've ever tried. Just seems to work better than the tube screamers for some reason.


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      • #4
        useless without clips....


        clips damnit!! clips!!!

        CURRENT GEAR:
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        Guitars
        Ibanez S320 (Installed Dimarzio D-activator)
        Schecter C-1 elite (Installed SD Active LiveWires)
        Main Rig
        Peters dual channel (Warhawk/Halo)
        BASSON 4x12 w/ Eminence Legends
        Pedals
        MAXON OD808 boost pedal
        Boss DD20 Digital Delay
        Rack
        ISP Decimator Pro Rack "G"
        Korg DR1000 rack tuner
        Furman M-8L Power Conditioner
        Sennheiser G2 wireless unit rackmounted


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        • #5
          Clips please
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          • #6
            Congrats on the new amp! I've had my H&K Trilogy for about 6 months now. Best amp purchase I've ever made, bar none.
            -Mike
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            • #7
              I checked one out last fall and thought it sounded almost as good as it looks which is damn sexy! I wouldn't hesitate at all to own one of those amps. I thought channel four was a little too much gain for me but the other three were stellar.
              my clips: www.soundclick.com/angrygodsoftheradio-JSXJCM800


              My fingers, PRS and Taylor guitars, Budda, Fryette and Orange amps, Genz Benz cabs, Line6 effects and wireless, various dirt and fuzz boxes.

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              • #8
                Yeah they are pretty huge. Mine's wider than the 212 it sits on.

                And you didn't mention the awesomeness of midi switching. I can use my gt3 to switch to whatever channel I want for a patch, with boost and sparkle switches on or off, effects loop on or off. So conveniant not to have to hit the patch change switch and the amp footswitch seperately.

                And at least show pictures of the rig it's in. I'll start:
                Age of Shadows Metal with keyboards and a singer who actually sings.

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                • #9
                  I'll get clips and pictures up by Monday but if I get some time I'll do it today. I want to hear it recorded too.
                  Rig:
                  American Deluxe Strat > Digi Whammy > Keeley Comp > Line 6 DL-4 > Egnater Rebel 20 > Egnater 4x12 slanted cab

                  Past Loves:
                  Engl Screamer Combo
                  Marshall DSL100
                  H&K Trilogy
                  Mesa TriAxis + 2:90
                  Mesa Mark IV
                  Mesa Mark IIB
                  ADA MP-1 Classic + Mesa 50/50

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by xSilenTxShadoWx
                    useless without clips....


                    clips damnit!! clips!!!






                    I was gonna say....

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                    • #11
                      Here are your stinkin clips...

                      http://www.junebughunter.net/hughes-kettner-trilogy.mp3

                      Part 1:

                      Clean channel with sparkle

                      Part 2:

                      Clean channel no sparkle in drop D (coheed song)

                      Part 3:

                      Something I do whenever I tune to drop D same setting as part 2

                      Part 4:

                      Blues on clean channel

                      Part 5:

                      Crunch channel similar to part 4

                      part 6:

                      Out of tune guitar through crunch channel

                      part 7

                      Crunch with boost

                      part 8:

                      Lead channel clip

                      part 9:

                      Lead channel with volume rolled off on guitar

                      Signal chain:

                      Fender American Stratocaster Deluxe 60th Anniversary with S-1 switch
                      Monster Cable
                      Hughes & Kettner Trilogy
                      Monster Speaker Cable
                      Avatar 2x12 cab with G12's
                      Shure SM57
                      Monster XLR cable
                      RME FireFace 800
                      Powerbook G4
                      Logic 7.1

                      Bounced to wave then converted to MP3 in iTunes and uploaded. No eq, compression, reverb, delay...completely try.

                      You bastards better be greatful I changed the strings on my guitar just to do this (broke a string yesterday).

                      So excuse my sub-par guitar playing, out of tune clips and limited recording skills. I'd say it doesn't sound half bad though

                      Enjoy
                      Rig:
                      American Deluxe Strat > Digi Whammy > Keeley Comp > Line 6 DL-4 > Egnater Rebel 20 > Egnater 4x12 slanted cab

                      Past Loves:
                      Engl Screamer Combo
                      Marshall DSL100
                      H&K Trilogy
                      Mesa TriAxis + 2:90
                      Mesa Mark IV
                      Mesa Mark IIB
                      ADA MP-1 Classic + Mesa 50/50

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                      • #12
                        Rig:
                        American Deluxe Strat > Digi Whammy > Keeley Comp > Line 6 DL-4 > Egnater Rebel 20 > Egnater 4x12 slanted cab

                        Past Loves:
                        Engl Screamer Combo
                        Marshall DSL100
                        H&K Trilogy
                        Mesa TriAxis + 2:90
                        Mesa Mark IV
                        Mesa Mark IIB
                        ADA MP-1 Classic + Mesa 50/50

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                        • #13
                          Part 8: Steve Vai - Blowfish (from fire garden, about 43 seconds in)?
                          Age of Shadows Metal with keyboards and a singer who actually sings.

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                          • #14
                            Very nice stuff, I like it a lot!

                            Where did you get it?
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                            • #15
                              Wow.... All those seperate tones were nailed... pefectly. It sounds like that amp is quite versatile.. But I have yet to hear METAL m/m/
                              CURRENT GEAR:
                              ---------------------------------------------------
                              Guitars
                              Ibanez S320 (Installed Dimarzio D-activator)
                              Schecter C-1 elite (Installed SD Active LiveWires)
                              Main Rig
                              Peters dual channel (Warhawk/Halo)
                              BASSON 4x12 w/ Eminence Legends
                              Pedals
                              MAXON OD808 boost pedal
                              Boss DD20 Digital Delay
                              Rack
                              ISP Decimator Pro Rack "G"
                              Korg DR1000 rack tuner
                              Furman M-8L Power Conditioner
                              Sennheiser G2 wireless unit rackmounted


                              Excellent transaction with:
                              Bucketboy

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