Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Southern California
Re: Hughes and Kettner - Switchblade Review
I've never actually found one amp that gives me the sound I'm looking for. I have a Switchblade head running through a 4x12 loaded with Vintage 30s. On its own, the Switchblade is a formidable amp. As noted above, it takes a fair amount of tweaking and the controls are fairly sensitive. The trade-off is all the programmability, which is great. I run a dry/wet/dry setup with the Switchblade providing the "wet" in the center. The dry "ends" are a Hughes & Kettner Trilogy running through a 4 x 12 with GT-50s and a Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II running through a 4 x 12 with Heritage 30s.
The take-away here is that the speaker pairing is equally as important. I couldn't get my Trilogy or TriAmp to sound good with Vintage 30's, but once I changed speakers, holy lord. Conversely, the Switchblade sounds great with the V 30s or GT-50s, but not so much with the Heritage 30's.
Bottom line--Switchblade is a great, versatile amp if you have the time to tweak.