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|Unveiled at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2007, the Statesman all-tube guitar amplifiers by Hughes & Kettner are designed to provide the full range of vintage sounds from “Early 60s Clean” to “Early 80s Overdrive.” The Statesman family comprises four two-channel amplifiers: three combos (20, 40, or 60 watts) and a head version with 50 watts. Providing different wattages, preamp details and choice of power tubes, each model offers a slightly different character.
The compact STM Dual and Quad EL84 combos, with a single 12" speaker and 20 or 40 watts respectively, were designed to have the broadest possible tonal range spectrum as possible. The STM DUAL 6L6 combo model with its 60 watts of power and two 12" speakers was finely tweaked to dial in the legendary California Clean sounds as well as the distinctive British rock tone. The STM Dual EL34 head with its 50 watts of power rounds out the, delivering Clean and Crunch sounds from the “Open-Back” world.
The two channels used in the Statesman models feature a total of 4 sound modes. Used in the clean channel, ‘Twang’ adds the distinctive character of the California sound to the basic clean sound, while the Boost function in the Drive channel gives an extra kick to the classic Rock Overdrive sound. In the two smaller models, both channels share a 3-band EQ, whereas in the Dual 6L6 combo and the head each channel has its own EQ section. Statesman amps come with an original Accutronics spring reverb featuring a Reverb-Balance control. In the EL 84 combos, the FX-Loop is hard-wired as a serial connection; in the two larger models, you can switch the loop to run in either serial or side-chain mode. Channel selection, boost, reverb and FX-loop can remotely switched, a 2-way footswitch is included and a second is an optional accessory.
To ensure authentic sound throughout the whole tonal range, a 12" Eminence Rockdriver Cream was customized for the Statesman series. Featuring the same Eminence Rockdriver Cream speakers, matching 1x12", 2x12" and 4x12" cabinets will soon be available.
Special attention was paid during the design of these amps to easy serviceability. The tubes are located in a separate compartment to protect them from mechanical vibration from the speaker. Tube replacement and bias adjustment can be accomplished in minutes without the need to open the enclosure.
The first Statesman combos with single 12" drivers will be available in Europe in May 2007. The head and the 2x12" Dual 6L6 combo are scheduled to ship in September. US release dates will be announced shortly.
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