Hughes & Kettner AmpMan Classic and Modern review

Dual-channel 50-watt amps in a compact, pedalboard friendly format with a generous set of features

Hughes & Kettner AmpMan
(Image: © Hughes & Kettner)

Guitar World Verdict

The Hughes & Kettner AmpMan Classic and Modern are equally at home on the performance stage and recording studio, providing a wealth of excellent tones and highly versatile performance features.


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    Two fully independent channels.

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    Red Box provides eight separate speaker cab sim settings.

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    Built-in adjustable noise gate and footswitch-selectable FX.


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    Hard to read text on Classic model’s silver-gray enclosure.

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The industry’s very first “amp in a box” products (i.e. sophisticated devices in a pedal-format that provide a wide variety of tones for direct recording or plugged into the front of an amp) starting appearing on the market just about three decades ago. 

Introduced in 1991, the Hughes & Kettner Tubeman was a highly acclaimed product that proved that a small, compact device could truly deliver genuine amp tones. The Tubeman was the first of several “amp in a box” products introduced by Hughes & Kettner over the years, with each new product improving upon an already great thing. 

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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.