Review: Hughes & Kettner era 2 Amp

A little less than a year ago, we took a look at the very first Hughes & Kettner acoustic-electric guitar amplifier, the era 1. Shortly after that review appeared, Hughes & Kettner announced a second model, appropriately called the era 2. While we loved the extremely compact dimensions of the era 1 and its impressive list of professional features, we could understand how some guitarists would want or need a bigger amp with louder volume output. That is exactly what the era 2 delivers. Overall, the main features of the era 1 and era 2 are identical, so if you absolutely loved the sound quality and versatility of the era 1 but just needed something louder for playing with a predominantly electric band or for filling much larger venues, the era 2 is the perfect choice.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.