Hughes & Kettner Spirit Nano Series review

Do these compact heads pack enough analog magic to hold their own with classic tube sounds?

Hughes & Kettner Spirit Nano
(Image: © Hughes & Kettner)

Guitar World Verdict

Providing tonal versatility and volume output rivaling full-size amps, Hughes & Kettner Spirit Nano Series amps may be incredibly small in size but they fully deliver for live performance, recording and practice applications.


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    Each model nails its brief.

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    The Tone control is perfectly voiced for each amp.

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    Sagging control is very impressive.

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    Headphones out for silent practice.

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    Portable, affordable and loud.


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    No effects loop.

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When it comes to advancements in guitar technology, the majority of the industry’s most exciting developments over the last few decades have taken place in the guitar amp market. One of the more fascinating trends is how small amplifiers have decreased in size while also expanding their tonal versatility and performance. 

Unlike most early mini amps, which provided adequate volume output and decent but limited and sometimes generic tones, today’s diminutive micro amps can deliver sounds and volume levels comparable to the big boys.

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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.